Some Phenomenal Resources

First of all, were you just assaulted? Call 911. Go to the nearest emergency room and get a rape kit done. I know, you’ve probably heard the stories that it won’t get tested or that it won’t do any good, but trust me. Get a rape kit done, it will help y0u get closer to putting your assailant behind bars. It’ll give you evidence, if he left any behind. And you’ll have a paper trail.

Some of the best resources I’ve found over the years have been RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network. They have a hotline that’s open 24/7. You can reach it at 800.656.HOPE (4673)  as well as an online chat line and a ton of phenomenal statistics and other resources. I called them the day after I was raped, just to have it validated by someone. They didn’t judge me and the first thing they made me realize is that it is and will not ever be my fault.

Another great resource is Planned Parenthood. They answered questions about emergency contraception as well as tested me for STD’s and gave me a pregnancy test when my period was late, even though I had already taken Plan B twice after the fact. Find your local Planned Parenthood here. They also provide great resources of finding therapists who specialize in sexual violence as well as can provide follow up check ups, STD tests, and more. Planned Parenthood is a great resource for no judgement and great information as well.

Some great communities are also The Joyful Heart Foundation, run by Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU fame, and Surviving in Numbers. These groups are dedicated to specifically helping sexual assault and rape survivors know that it’s not their fault.

Finally, though it sounds strange, social media can be a great resource as well. I Am That Girl is a great way to share stories and learn more. Check out Tumblr and Facebook pages that are similar to what you’re looking for and you’ll be able to find someone with a strangely similar story to yours. I’ve written about my own experiences here and here.

 

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