REMEMBER, what happened to you was not your fault…
REMEMBER, you can call the SAFE Harbor hotline at 676-0800 any time of the day or night and an advocate can provide assistance, meet you at the hospital, help you get lodging, find transportation or take care of whatever else you might need at that time.
REMEMBER, if at all possible do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your body. This can be tough. Naturally, most people want to clean themselves after an assault. Why should you do this? Even if you initially don’t want to involve the legal system, you might change your mind in the future. By taking this step you keep that option open.
REMEMBER, in Montana, a rape survivor has 60 days to decide whether to report the crime, after which time the rape kit evidence is destroyed. Is that important? Yes, it is for you. Depending on the circumstances and your knowledge of the rapist, you can use that time to decide what will be the best choice for you.
REMEMBER, healing from such a traumatic experience takes time. It’s never too late to call. Even if the attack happened years ago, the National Sexual Assault Hotline or the SAFE Harbor hotline can still help. Getting through this type of event can take all your energy and survivors often don’t realize they need help until months or years later. SAFE Harbor is here and ready to assist you.
REMEMBER, recovery is an evolution for your mind, body and spirit. Be patient without yourself. Affirm the small steps. Join others at a support group who understand your path. Visit with those you love about what you are feeling, thinking and experiencing.