Emotionally

  • Survivors can call the 24 hour crisis hotline at (888)802-8890 and speak with a trained professional.
  • Survivors can call Northwest CASA at (847)806-6526 to set up a crisis intervention session or counseling services.

Medically

  • After an assault, survivors should visit a local emergency room as soon as possible.
    • Hospital staff will treat survivors for any injuries and provide a physical exam.
    • Survivors will be given a pregnancy test and offered emergency contraception if appropriate and if the hospital visit is within 72 hours of the assault.
    • Survivors will be given medication to prevent any sexually transmitted infections from occurring due to the assault.
  • At the hospital survivors can consent to having an evidence collection kit completed.
    • The evidence collection kit process has many steps to it.  Some of these steps include collecting oral and vaginal swabs.
    • Survivors have the right to consent to any part or all of the evidence collection kit.
    • Hospital staff will ask survivors to provide a narrative of what happened during the assault to be included in the evidence collection kit.
  • If survivors do think they will be completing an evidence collection kit at the hospital, survivors should not shower, take a bath, douche, go to the bathroom, or change their clothes before the collection is complete.  All of these acts can lead to loss of evidence of the assault.
  • When survivors seek treatment for an assault at the emergency room, they should know that the police will be called because a crime has been committed.

Legally

  • Survivors can file a report with the police about the assault.
    • An advocate from Northwest CASA can assist survivors with this process.  Survivors can speak with an advocate through our hotline at (888)802-8890.
    • Survivors can report to the police if they seek medical attention at a hospital, or survivors can go to the police department of the city where the assault occurred.
  • While filing a police report, the investigating officer will ask for a summary of the assault, including where and when the assault happened.  Survivors may talk to both patrolling officers as well as detectives.  Survivors will be asked to give a description of the perpetrator.
  • Survivors may be asked to look at photographs of known sex offenders, and /or work with a police artist to create a composite sketch of the perpetrator.
  • Photographs may be taken of survivors if there are bruises or signs of attack.
  • The police may collect evidence at the scene of the assault as well.  Survivors or anyone else should not remove anything from the crime scene.
  • If charges are pressed, the legal process can take a very long time.  Northwest CASA can also provide survivors with an advocate to attend court with or for survivors.
  • Legal involvement can be a long, emotional, and complex process.  That is why Northwest CASA can provide an advocate who can help survivors through this process.
  • Survivors should not be afraid to ask questions when speaking with the police, detectives, or a state’s attorney.