Rape and Sexual Assault

Many people believe that rape and sexual assault only occurs when someone is attacked by a stranger in a dark alley. The truth is that over 80% of those who are raped know their attacker.

NO ONE DESERVES TO BE RAPED. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, it was not your fault. For most people, the main task during an assault is survival. Every survivor of sexual violence is different and reacts in his or her own unique way to an assault.

Rape and Sexual Assault Include:

  • Forced sexual acts, including oral sex and penetration.
  • Object rape.
  • Sodomy.
  • Unwanted use of pornography.
  • Unwanted photographing or videotaping of sexual acts.
  • Forced sexual interaction with others.
  • Forced sexual acts with animals.

What to Do if You Have Been Raped or Sexually Assaulted

  • Find safety.
  • If you are in immediate danger or have serious injuries, call 911. If you are not in immediate danger, call someone you trust, such as a friend, and/or our Crisis Hotline at (435)-865-7443.
  • Get medical attention, even if you don’t want to report the crime to the police.

Reporting a Rape
The decision to report the assault to law enforcement is solely up to you if you are 18 years or older. Deciding whether or not to report a sexual assault is very difficult for most survivors. Reporting may simply not be possible for you right now. If you choose to report the crime, it is very important to report a sexual assault to the police as soon as possible. In many cases, the ability to catch and prosecute the offender depends on it. The hospital staff or a victim advocate can contact the police for you, or you may contact them yourself.

What if I don’t want to report my assault, but still want to seek medical attention?
Choosing to report your rape is YOUR CHOICE. If you go to the hospital they are required to inform law enforcement that a rape has been reported, but you can refuse any other information be shared, such as your name, location, etc. If you choose to report your rape, you can change your mind at any point in the process.

Should I go to the hospital?
Seeking medical attention via a hospital or other medical service is vital as you may have injuries of which you are unaware. A medical professional can also test you for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, and provide appropriate treatment.

If you think you might go to the hospital, don’t bathe or douche. This could destroy valuable evidence. If oral contact took place, try not to smoke, eat, drink, or brush your teeth until after you have been examined. If you’ve already changed clothes, place them in a paper bag (plastic may destroy evidence – if you don’t have a paper bag, just carry them) and bring them with you. If you haven’t changed, keep your original clothes on, and bring an extra set to wear home from the hospital, in case your clothing is kept as evidence.

What will happen if I go to the hospital?
You have several options in obtaining medical care at the hospital. You may want to have a forensic exam as well as medical care or you may choose to forgo a forensic exam and still receive medical treatment.

What is a forensic exam?
A forensic exam is called a CODE-R, and is performed by a specially trained nurse, called a SANE nurse. During a CODE-R evidence is collected in case you decide to pursue prosecution against your assailant. While choosing to prosecute is not a decision you need to make immediately, having a CODE-R exam will ensure access to any evidence if you do choose to prosecute at a later date.

In addition to a CODE-R exam, during your hospital visit you can be tested for STDs and provided with medication to stop possible infections and pregnancy.

In Iron County, Code R exams are conducted at Valley View Medical Center in the Emergency Department. You can call us, and we will contact the hospital and send an advocate to meet you there. Or, you can call the hospital at (435) 868-5000. Valley View Medical Center is located at 1303 North Main Street, Cedar City. The Emergency Department is on the north side of the hospital.

Services We Offer for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault

CCWCC has Victim Advocates available 24 hours a day that provide guidance and support for victims of sexual assault and rape. Our Victim Advocates can:

  • Meet you at the hospital to answer questions you may have during your exam and for emotional support.
  • Provide ongoing support and answer questions you may have throughout the legal and healing process following an assault.
  • Offer a weekly support group for survivors of sexual assault.
  • Assist you in filling out a protective order or stalking injunction against your perpetrator, if necessary.
  • Provide resources regarding counseling, legal aid other supportive community agencies.

To contact our 24 Hour Crisis Hotline, please call (435) 865-7443. All information is confidential.

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