If You’ve Been Raped

footprintsBelow are some general steps to follow in the aftermath of a sexual assault.

While SAIC recommends following these guidelines, we understand that it is important for sexual assault survivors to gain back control by making their own decisions on what to do.

Get to a safe place: If possible, go somewhere away from the perpetrator(s).


Call 911 for help: You may also call The Blue Bench’s 24-hour rape crisis hotlines to learn about your options if you are not ready to involve the police.


Preserve all evidence: Try not to bathe, brush your teeth, drink water, use the bathroom or change clothing and bedding. If you think you were drugged preserve urine in a container. *Even if you do not want to report the assault to police, you can still get a forensic exam (rape kit) done at Denver Health Medical Center or St. Anthony’s North & Central in case you want to pursue a criminal case at a later date.


Seek medical attention: It is important to treat for injuries, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy risks regardless of whether or not you report the crime to law enforcement.


Get support: Consider calling someone you trust for support. The Blue Bench also provides confidential support, advocacy and hospital/police accompaniment. Know that what happened to you is not your fault and whatever you did before, during and after the attack was right because you survived.


Utilize Community Resources: Denver has a vast amount of services available to individuals who have been sexually assaulted and their families. To learn about some of these services, please see our list of Member Agencies.