What to do if you have been Raped
- You must see a doctor as soon as possible after a rape incident. If you go to a police station first, the police will arrange for you to see a doctor.
- Alternatively, you could go directly to a hospital or a district surgeon. Many general practitioners are not trained to examine rape survivors or to complete the necessary documentation.
- Don’t change your clothes, bath, shower or douche before you see the doctor since this might remove evidence.
- When reporting the incident to the police, you may request to speak to a woman police officer in a private area. You have a choice to report the incident or lay a formal charge. Ask the police for a reference number (occurrence book number) and a case number. Also, ask for the name of the investigating officer.
The doctor should do the following:
- Speak to you in a private place; you may have a companion present.
- Make notes of all details of the rape, and do a thorough examination.
- Test for HIV, syphilis, and immunity against Hepatitis B.
- Treat any injuries you have.
- Provide emergency contraception, antibiotics, and antiretroviral medication to prevent HIV infection. Antiretroviral should preferably be taken within six to 24 hours.
- Arrange for support from a counselor or support group.