GET TO A SAFE PLACE
Do this as soon as possible.
It may be very difficult for you to tell someone what has happened to you, but it’s important because this person can support your story and back you up in court.
DO NOT WASH YOURSELF
There might be hair, blood or semen on your body or clothes that can be used as evidence of the rape.
IF YOU ARE INJURED
Go straight to a hospital, community health centre or doctor.
REPORT THE RAPE
If you want to report the rape, go to the police station nearest to where the attack took place as soon as you can. Ask a friend or family
member to go with you for support. Keep the name of the police officer in charge of your case and your case number.
IF YOU’RE AFRAID
If you fear retribution or intimidation by the rapist/s, make sure the police are aware of this and ask that the rapist/s be not allowed out on
A doctor will examine every part of your body to find and collect samples of hair, blood or semen. This is part of the police investigation to
gather medical evidence of the crime.
Ask for pamphlets or booklets on rape and the number of a local counselling service to give you further support and advice about the police
matter, court case and any other effects of the rape.
Whether or not you want to lay a charge, make sure that within 72 hours you take:
YOU CAN CALL THESE CRISIS LINES:
FIND A THUTHUZELA CARE CENTRE CLOSE TO YOU.