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It is never too late to heal

Peace Over Violence’s emergency services offer victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking emotional support, information, compassion, accompaniment, referral and advocacy services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Los Angeles Rape & Battering Hotlines

The Los Angeles Rape and Battering hotline is a confidential non-judgmental support service where staff and volunteers are available to provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals. If you or someone you care about has been a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking, please call our 24 hour crisis line.

Hotlines

Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

LOS ANGELES RAPE & BATTERING HOTLINES

213-626-3393 (Central Los Angeles)
310-392-8381 (South Los Angeles)
626-793-3385 (West San Gabriel Valley)


NATIONAL EMERGENCY HOTLINES

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
800.656.HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
800.799.SAFE (7233)
800.787.3224 TDD


WEBSITES

peaceoverviolence.org
rainn.org
loveisrespect.org


IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

Remember that it is not your fault

  • Go to a safe location away from the attacker.

  • Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.

  • Contact someone who may help you such as law enforcement, your local rape crisis center or a person you trust.

  • Consider preserving evidence: By avoiding cleaning or straightening up, evidence may be collected from the assault location. Though it may be hard not to clean up, the police will need to examine the scene for evidence if you report the crime.

  • Consider remaining in the clothing worn during the assault or putting the clothing in a paper bag (not plastic) so that it can be entered into evidence. If possible, avoid washing the clothing.

  • Consider preserving forensic evidence which can be collected from your body through a sexual assault forensic exam. For this reason, avoid bathing, washing hands, or brushing your teeth if possible.

  • Ask a healthcare provider, law enforcement, or rape crisis center where you can go for a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) to be conducted. Note: you are not required to have a sexual assault forensic exam. It is ideal to collect forensic evidence from the body within 72 hours.

  • If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected. Inform the sexual assault nurse examiner that you suspect you were drugged.

  • If possible, write down, tape or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and the assailant.

  • Know that your local rape crisis center is available to help you.

What are your rights?

As a survivor of sexual assault you have several rights

Your rape crisis counselor advocate is able to go over the following rights with you in further detail.

You have the right to:


  • Be treated with dignity and respect at all times.

  • Be treated with sensitivity by medical and legal personnel.

  • Have your rape crisis counselor/advocate and a support person of your choosing present during the sexual assault evidentiary exam or physical exam [Penal Code 264.2].

  • Ask questions of the police, sexual assault forensic examiner, and attorneys.

  • Have a rape crisis counselor/advocate present with you for any interviews by law enforcement authorities, district attorneys, or defense attorneys [Penal Code 679.04].

  • Be kept informed on the status of your case.

  • Maintain confidentiality with the rape crisis counselor/advocatePenal [Code 1035-1036.2].

  • Change or add to your initial statement to law enforcement as you start to recall details more clearly.

  • Decline an interview with law enforcement or reschedule for a time when you will be better able to participate.

  • Request from law enforcement, information regarding whether a DNA profile was obtained from the testing of rape kit evidence, or other crime scene evidence from your case. You are also entitled to know whether that information was entered into DNA data banks. (Sexual Assault Victim’s DNA Bill of Rights. Penal Code 680).

  • Decline an interview with defense attorneys and their investigators.

  • Decline an interview with defense attorneys and their investigators.

  • Decline a phone interview.

  • Not participate in the criminal justice process.

  • Be compensated through the Victim Compensation Program if you qualify and cooperate with law enforcement.

  • Have your rape crisis advocate accompany you during court appearance [Penal Code 868.5]

  • Remain anonymous during criminal proceedings.

  • Keep your face and/or name from being used in the media.

  • Withdraw your testimony at any time.

  • Request the status of DNA collected.

  • You have the right to survive and thrive, which means that you have the right to request that which you need to transition from victim to survivor.


Someone you know has been assaulted

It is important not to be judgmental and not to take control away from the survivor

If you can communicate and do the following it will generally assist healing:


  • “It’s not your fault”

  • “I support you, and I am always available if and when you are ready to talk”

Things you can do to help support them:


  • Ensure the survivor is at a safe location away from the perpetrator. If not, consider helping him or her to a safe place when doing so does not pose a safety risk to you.

  • If a threat to the survivor’s immediate safety exists, contact law enforcement as soon as possible.

  • If the survivor requires emergency medical care, call 911.

  • If the survivor requires less than emergency care, help him or her get to a medical provider as soon as possible.

  • Other than safety and health-related questions, try to refrain from asking the survivor for details about the assault.

  • Show interest in what he or she says and ask what you can do to help him or her.

  • Inform the survivor that they can access a rape crisis center for information, support and advocacy.

  • Offer to stay with the survivor. Survivors are sometimes reluctant to be alone after an assault.

  • Consider accompanying the survivor to the hospital or other places if he or she requests it.


  • Be a good listener. Avoid being judgmental, keep from second-guessing and resist placing any blame on him or her. Simply listen and accept what he or she says.

  • Many survivors try to blame themselves because they think the sexual assault would have been prevented had they done something differently. In most cases, survivors have very little control over the outcome of a situation once a perpetrator decides to commit a sexual assault.

  • Again, employ your listening skills and avoid giving an opinion about what has happened.

  • Remind the survivor that you support him or her.

  • Always respect the survivor’s confidentiality. Do not tell others about the survivor’s assault without the survivor’s explicit consent.

  • Take care of yourself too. Make sure you seek support and help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Again, respect the survivor’s confidentiality.

  • There is no “right” or “wrong” way to recover from a sexual assault. However, there are unhelpful, self-destructive ways of coping. Alcohol abuse, drug use, suicidal statements or increased behaviors with unhealthy outcomes (unprotected and/or anonymous sex, gambling, smoking, overeating, etc.) are sometimes warning signs that your friend needs to get professional assistance. Don’t be afraid to suggest that your friend might need support from someone especially skilled to help him or her adopt more productive coping strategies.