What should I do if I am a victim of sexual assault? 60 Answers as of June 26, 2013

I was raped and I really need some guidance. Please help me. I am a single mother with no funds.

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Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
You need to make a police report immediately. The more time passes, the more evidence or chance to recover evidence is diminished and memories fade as well. I am so sorry to hear of your ordeal. You need to report it so whoever did this can be brought to justice.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
If you are unsure about whether to go to the police you should seek out an abused womens' shelter counselor or a private psychologist for advice. Or you could contact a private criminal lawyer. The former might be required to report the abuse to the police under the law so be aware of that.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/24/2011
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
You need to make a police report and follow up with the prosecuting attorney.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 8/22/2011
Harrison & Harrison
Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
Report the crime to the police ASAP. They can direct you to services and assistance.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 8/20/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
Your summary states that you are a single mother without any funds who was raped. You want to know how to proceed. Unless I knew much more about you and the facts and circumstances of the case I cannot properly advise you. You should go to an attorney, possibly with your parents, and tell him the whole truth in great detail. Do not change the facts, leave anything out, or lie to the attorney or he will not be able to decide on what your best options are and how to proceed. If you want to have the man charged the lawyer can go with you to the police to protect your rights and prevent you from possibly saying something that might not be in your best interest. That is possible since what happened might subject you to being charged wit a crime, making a false report, perjury, or as an accomplice to a crime. You may have to admit if you were drinking or using drugs, used a condom, showered, had sex with him on prior occasions, saved the bedding,made electronic communications or phone calls, left messages, sent texts, or posted anything that could be inconsistent from what you are now saying, etc. One of the most common false accusations is rape as some women use a rape charge to punish a l;over for something he later says or doe,or does not do or say. The police and prosecutors know this and will be looking for evidence to either prove or disprove the accusation based on their gut reaction to who the woman is, what she says happened, and what type of relationship and history the parties have. Never make important decisions without expert advice, and always trust the expert with the whole truth about what happened so that he can protect you and give you the best options under the circumstances.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/19/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Go to the police first. Having no funds shouldn't matter, it is a criminal case. You may also have a civil case if the perpetrator is collectible.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    Call the police immediately. They can help you receive justice and hook you up with trained individuals in most jurisdictions that can help you through this traumatic event in your life. Things will get better. Here is help out there.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    You should contact the police and file a police report.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
    Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. | Loren Dickstein
    You don't need funds. Immediately go the hospital or the police department. Call 911 if you have no transportation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    I'm terribly sorry to hear that. The first thing you should do immediately is call 911 and report it. While you may be embarrassed put that in a bin with any shame you are feeling and burn them. You did not ask for or otherwise invite the attacker to do what he did. Cooperate with the police including submitting to a rape kit and exam. The exam is very important for two reasons. First, a doctor should make sure you don't have any injuries internally or externally. Second, there may be usable evidence inside you or on your skin. Also, it is critical that you get some counseling. It is free and available through the sexual assault hotline in your community. Finally, take care of your self and your kids in this difficult time. Stay away from alcohol and drugs as you work your way through this and above all else- You are not to blame for what some sick subhuman pig did to you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Watkins Law Office
    Watkins Law Office | Bob Watkins
    Contact the police department where the crime occurred immediately. Also a good idea to call the Rape hotline for assistance.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    I am very sorry to hear about this. If the incident took place in an apartment or hotel or other commercial establishment then you may have a very valuable personal injury claim for which you should hire a lawyer. Also, if the perp has assets you can sue him. A lawyer might take these claims on a contingency fee arrangement that won't cost you anything.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Call the police & get charges filed! If you do not know the person, at least get an investigation going. The district attorney's office will have a victim witness office and coordinator who can help you get counseling, or you can contact a local area women's group.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Talk to the police and find a good counselor. There are many, check with churches and government agencies if you don't have funds. Catholic Social Services for example.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Go to the District Attorney's office and ask to speak with a D.A. investigator. That's the fastest way to get results. If they won't handle it, call me.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Call the police and make a report. The police will conduct an investigation and help you through this. It will not cost you anything. Please do not delay in contacting the police as the longer you delay, sometimes the more difficult it is to prove your case. Be strong on this. Do not let yourself or anyone talk you out of making a report. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Please get counseling, you need not deal with this trauma alone. You should contact law enforcement to report the crime. You do not need any funds for this and may seek public funds for counseling, if needed, from the state's crime victim fund.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Report it to the police where the incident occurred.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    You should call the police department immediately and file a report.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    If you want to report this, contact your local police department. If you want some help coping, but not necessarily want to prosecute it, contact a battered women's shelter or other local women's or victim's rights organization. If you fear disease or injury or pregnancy, you should go to a hospital and get checked out. All of these sources will lead to other sources of therapeutic aid.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
    You can obtain counseling and support services at a battered woman's shelter or mental health center in the city or county of your residence. The can set you up with a number of support networks. If the crime is already filed, you should obtain services through the prosecutor's victim's advocate's office.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
    Contact the police department.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You should contact the police. If you already have there should be a victim advocate for you to contact for guidance.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Shane Law Office
    Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
    You do not need have funds available to pursue the rapist. You should immediately report the matter to the police. A delay in reporting always favors the defense.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    First, report the rape. Period.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If you have not reported it to the police, you should consider doing that. It will not cost you any money to pursue having the person who violated you charged with an offense. As a victim , the system will do what it can to protect you and get you the services you need at no cost to you. You could also talk to an advocate at a safehouse or the DA's office in your local area and they can assist you in doing what needs to be done.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    The county prosecutors office of the county in which you reside and ask to speak to the section which assists victims of sexual assault.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    Report this to law enforcement. You should also contact an attorney about pursuing a civil lawsuit which would be handled on a contingent fee basis.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    This is not a question for criminal defense. Contact the authorities and ask for help.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You need to contact the county attorney to have the individual arrested and then once convicted I would sue them to recover damages.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    Call the police asap. Hopefully you have not waited as delay can hurt the chances of the police recovering forensic evidence from you.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Harris Law Firm
    Harris Law Firm | Jennifer C. Robins
    If you are the victim of a crime, you need to call law enforcement. A criminal defense attorney will not be able to assist you. The help you will receive from law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney's office will be free of charge.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O.
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O. | Eric R. Chandler
    Contact police as soon as possible. If you need to speak with someone, you may want to to try the YWCA or a local hot-line.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    If you know the name of the attacker, or not, you should still contact the police for charges to be brought against him, and you can also sue him in civil court for money.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    You don't need funds to file a police report and receive victim's services from the prosecuting attorney's office. The first step is to file a police report; contact your local police station to find out how to do that. Without knowing the facts, I don't know whether you're concerned about potential criminal liability or other harm to yourself. Search for a TESSA or similar center for abused women where you live who can also give you some guidance.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Bruce H. Lehr, P.A.
    Bruce H. Lehr, P.A. | Bruce H. Lehr
    Immediately call the police. You do not need a lawyer, you need a police detective.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend you contact either Rape Crisis, if they are near you, or contact your D.A.'s Office and ask to speak with the victim-witness coordinator, or Asst. D.A. who is handling your case. We also hope you talk with your family and minister. Good luck to you and God bless!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Christopher Lee
    If you are a victim of crime, you should immediately report it to the police. Also, the police will be able to refer you to get some counseling or other mental health professionals to assist you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Immediately report the crime to the police and press charges. They have rape and assault counseling, as do many organizations. Police will have a list. Use them. Enlist family and friends for moral support. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/17/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    There are people at the DA's office who will help you. Call the DA's or prosecutor's office in your county and ask for Victim's Assistance. The police might have someone who could help you, too, but I'd start with the DA. .
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/17/2011
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