Following is a list of important things to remember if you have been a victim of any form of sexual violence.

1. Remember that you are not to blame. The person who assaulted you is at fault.

2. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to treat possible injuries and so forensic evidence can be collected.

3. You have the right to choose whether or not to make a report to the police.

4. Medical care may be paid for by the state if you seek care within 96 hours of the rape.

5. You may be eligible for Crime Victim's Reparations to help you with additional medical expenses and/or mental health counseling.

6. You have the choice to pursue the option of prosecution. Ultimately, the Prosecuting Attorney makes the final decision about whether or not to prosecute.

7. Rape is a crime which has temporarily taken away a person's right to choose. Therefore, it is important to make your own choices about how best to proceed following a rape. Your advocate is there to provide information, emotional support, and to be an objective listener so that you will make informed choices.

8. It may be helpful to seek professional counseling to help you begin the healing process from the trauma of sexual violence. Although many people simply want to forget about the assault and move on with their lives, they sometimes find that difficult to do. Talking about the assault and getting counseling early will help with the healing process.

9. It is never too late to talk about a past rape.

10. Ozark Rape Crisis Center’s crisis hotline is answered 24-hours a day to assist you with support, information, and referrals.  An advocate can accompany you to the hospital, law enforcement agencies, court, and other related appointments.

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