What Should I Do?
- Get to a safe place. Anywhere away from your attacker. If you are not feeling safe, if possible reach out to someone you trust that will be supportive in your time of need.
- Do not blame yourself. Realize it was not your fault and now you need to do what is best for you.
- Dispatch SANE by calling 575.226.7263. Victims who have experienced sexual assault are in need of specialized care. A trained victim advocate will be able to walk you through the next steps and help you make an informed decision based on your wishes and consent for care. SANEs provide prompt, compassionate care in a safe environment. They also provide resources that patients need.
If you do not want to report the assault immediately, still consider the following:
- Have a SANE exam. Victims may or may not have physical injuries and it is best to be seen by a trained medical professional for evaluation. It is important to determine the risks of STIs and pregnancy and have the option of preventive medications.
- The SANE can collect forensic evidence and have it stored in case you decide to report at a later date.
Know that it's never too late to call–many victims do not realize they need counseling help until months or years later.