Rape and Sexual Assault

What to Do If You Are Raped

Get to a safe place

Tell someone you trust so that person can comfort and support you emotionally. The Counseling Center provides confidential guidance and support. Try not to isolate yourself. Contact the Counseling Center at 919.515.2423.

Seek medical attention

To address injury, pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease. Do not shower or discard your clothes in order to preserve evidence of the assault.

Appointments at the Counseling Center are confidential, and you are not required to report the assault if you seek counseling. Your counselor will help you talk about and manage your feelings and help you decide what will help you recover from this traumatic event. It is not too late to seek help for a sexual assault, even if it happened a long time ago.

Recovery from Sexual Assault or Abuse

Sexual assault is any nonconsensual sexual contact including all forms of rape or attempted rape. Both men and women may be victims of sexual assault. Emotional responses to sexual assault vary greatly from person to person. If you have been sexually assaulted, you may experience some or all of the feelings listed below:

  • Shock or numbness
  • Reliving the memory of what happened
  • Self-blame and guilt
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Feeling out of control
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Minimizing or not believing what happened
  • Shame
  • Loss of trust and relationship difficulties
  • Academic difficulty and disorganization
  • Physical reactions

Healing and recovery looks different for different people. What you do can be at your own pace and aligned with your own values and needs. Our page on Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence outlines many of the steps you can take and the resources that are available to you and to those you are supporting.