Sexual Assault Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
Get far away from the attacker. Ask a friend, neighbor or loved one to stay with you.

Call 911 if you want to report the assault. (You can report to police and decline the exam or any portion of the exam). If you want more information first, call our 24-hour hotline at 512-267-7233.

If you want an exam to collect evidence, but do not want to report to police now, you must be 18 or older. If you need emergency medical care, go to the hospital. If not, call our 24-hour hotline to arrange for an exam. After the exam, you have two years to decide whether or not to make a police report.

If you do not want to report to police at all (now or later), you can seek medical care to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

You may also be interested in a sexual assault protective order for safety.



How do I preserve evidence of the assault?
If you can, do not change clothes, shower, brush your teeth, eat or drink, or use the bathroom until after your exam. If you have already done any of these things, it’s okay.


Should I report to the police?
This is a personal decision. No one else can make this decision for you. Reporting does not mean that you have to continue to participate. It just begins an investigation.

If you decide to report to police, please do so as soon as possible.



When should I seek medical attention?
If you need treatment for injuries, get seen as soon as you can. You can go to the nearest emergency room, your own doctor or clinic, or if you want to come in for a medical forensic exam, we can take care of minor injuries at Eloise House at the same time. Wherever you are cared for, consider antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections and medicine to prevent pregnancy.

Emergency contraception (the morning after pill) is available without a prescription at local pharmacies.



If you know that you will never report, there are some things you should still consider:
  • Getting medical care.
  • Calling our 24-hour Hotline for confidential support and resources like free counseling.
  • Applying for a sexual assault protective order. You don’t need to talk to police to qualify. Call the hotline for more information.
  • Recognize that no one heals in the exact same way.
  • Knowing that it’s never too late to call us. Even if the assault happened years ago, we can still help you with your healing process. Sometimes survivors do not realize they need or want help until months or years later.
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