What to do after a sexual assault
If you are in or near Salem, Oregon, and have been sexually assaulted, it's extremely important to get immediate medical attention at Salem Health’s emergency department.
Despite the urge to wash off the remains of the attack as soon as you can, it is essential that you first:
Salem Health’s emergency department has specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners on staff who can explain your options for reporting and support you in your decisions. They can provide you with a forensic exam, collect evidence and provide you with medications to prevent infection or unwanted pregnancy.
If you are considering reporting the assault to law enforcement it is best if you:
Do not bathe or shower.
Do not comb or brush your hair.
Do not change your clothing.
Do not clean up the area the assault occurred in.