If you don’t consent to sex and someone forces you to do something sexual, this is sexual assault, abuse, and/or rape. Someone hurting you like this is never your fault.
If you have experienced sexual violence, know that you are not alone and there are resources available to assist you.
Though Planned Parenthood of Nassau County does not offer Sexual Assault Exams, our staff can provide confidential, compassionate care and refer you for further medical care.
Your options may include:
- If you fee unsafe or believe you could be in immediate danger, you can call 911 for assistance.
- Rape Crisis Hotlines can be a supportive resource. A trained advocate can listen and provide information to assist in determining next steps. People may call a rape crisis hotline 5 minutes after a sexual assault, or 50 years after a sexual assault. The National Rape Hotline can be accessed at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) or via the Online Hotline.
- The National Hotline can direct you to a local Rape Crisis Center in your area. Rape Crisis Center services are usually free or at a low cost. They often provide counseling, therapy, support groups, case management, legal advocacy and/or medical advocacy.
- You can learn more about sexual violence by visiting the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network at www.rainn.org.
- Some hospitals/clinics have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs. These programs have nurses who are specially trained to collect evidence and provide medical care following a sexual assault. You do not have to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation in order to receive a medical forensic exam at no cost. The National Rape Hotline should be able to direct you to the nearest SANE program.
- Many people who have experienced sexual violence are concerned about pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You can come to any Planned Parenthood health center for Emergency Contraception (within 5 days) and STI testing.
What if I am under the age of 18?
- If you are under 18 years old, Planned Parenthood (as well as other medical providers and support services) are required to notify law enforcement if we have reason to believe you are being abused, neglected, or hurt.
- However, teens should not have to go through sexual violence alone. We want you to be safe, healthy, and happy. Nobody deserves to be abused and nobody should have to deal with sexual violence alone.
- If you are a minor, you can absolutely contact the National Hotline to confidentially talk to someone about what has happened. However, if you share that you are a minor, there are limits to confidentiality.