Sexual Assault

Friend to Friend is a leader in Sexual Assault intervention and recovery. We provide a comprehensive array of results-based services to the victims of Sexual Assault.

Sexual Assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against her/his will, or any non-consensual sexual touching of a person.

If you have been sexually assaulted, Friend to Friend Crisis Line is here to help you. You can talk confidentially with a trained advocate 24/7.24/7 Crisis Line: 910-947-3333 Office Line: 910-947-3333

What to do

Find a safe location away from the perpetrator.

Call 911 immediately. 

Report to Law Enforcement.

Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Women may also be at risk for pregnancy.

If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected to preserve evidence.

Ask a trusted friend to be with you for moral support.

Know that what happened was not your fault.

Preserve all evidence of the attack:

Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, eat, or smoke.

If you are still in the location at which the crime occurred, do not clean or straighten up or remove anything.

Write down all the details you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator.

Healing from an attack takes time. Give yourself the time you need, and know that it is never too late to get help

Evidence

In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, the most important thing is for the victim to get to a safe place. Whether it be the victim’s home or the home of a friend or family member, immediate safety is what matters most.

Preserving DNA evidence can be key to identifying the perpetrator in a sexual assault case, especially those in which the offender is a stranger. Victims should save anything that might contain the perpetrator’s DNA; therefore a victim should NOT:Bathe or Shower, Use the Restroom, Change Clothes, Comb Hair, Clean up the crime scene, Move anything the offender may have touched. Even if the victim has not yet decided to report the crime, receiving a forensic medical exam and keeping the evidence safe from damage will improve the chances that the police can access and test the stored evidence at a later date.

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Carthage, NC 28327

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