Sexual Assault and Rape

Did you know…

1. Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, race, socio-economic status or religion.

2. Rape is a crime. It is an act of power and aggression, motivated by the need to control, humiliate and harm. It is NOT about sexual desire.

3. If you are under 16 or intoxicated, you cannot give consent to sexual intercourse.

4. If you are forced to have sex when you don’t want to, it is rape, even if you are married to your assailant.

If any of the above applies to you, we can help.

You are not alone, and you do have choices.

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted…

It is NOT your fault.

What do I do after a Sexual Assault?

If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important that you:

1. Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
2. Call for help (or have someone call for you) as quickly as you can.
3. Do not change your clothes, comb you hair, shower, eat or drink until you see the SANE nurse for the forensic exam.
4. Decide if you want to report the rape. You can ask for a male or female officer and an advocate.
5. If you decide to report the assault, call the Help-In-Crisis Hotline at 1-800-300- 5321, local law enforcement, or your local hospital in the county where the crime occurred. 6. Realize that this is not your fault, it was a crime.

What if a child has been sexually assaulted?

If it is suspected that a child has been sexually assaulted, a mandated report to Law Enforcement of DHS is required for any child under the age of 16. A child’s parent or guardian should also make a call to Help-In-Crisis for additional information. Law Enforcement or DHS may conduct an interview with the child or possibly set up a forensic interview at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). At the Child Advocacy Center, a specially trained Forensic Interviewer will video the child’s interview, which may assist with prosecution. The authorities may also determine a need for the child to have a sexual assault exam.

We are here to support you!
DHS Hotline: 1-800-522-3511
Local Law Enforcement Agency
Help-In-Crisis Hotline: 1-800-300-5321

What is the difference between sexual assault and rape?

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault encompasses behaviors beyond forced sexual intercourse. Sexual assault may be any unwanted/un-consensual sexual contact. This could include touching, fondling, and groping of sexual body parts, even through clothing. Sexual assault may be committed by the use of threats or force or when someone is unable to give consent in circumstances such as: age, mental health status or intoxication.

What is Rape?

Rape is any kind of sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal or oral) that is committed against a person’s will or is committed with physical force or threat to use force. It is also considered rape if a victim is unable to give consent due to age, mental health status, or intoxication.
There is a difference between consenting and being compliant for safety reasons.

Where do I go if I’ve been sexually assaulted?

If you have been sexually assaulted you can go to or call your local law enforcement to make a report. You have the right to choose whether or not to make a report. The officer can pick you up and take you to the hospital.
You may go to the Emergency Room at the local hospital in the county of the assault.

You may ask for an Advocate from Help-In-Crisis to come to the hospital to discuss your options. Help-In-Crisis provides sexual assault exams at the following hospitals:

Adair Co. –Stilwell Memorial Hospital
Cherokee Co. –Tahlequah City or WW Hastings Hospital
Wagoner Co. –Wagoner Community Hospital
Sequoyah Co. –Sequoyah Memorial Hospital

If it has been more than 5 days or 120 hours since your assault, a Sexual Assault Nurse

Exam cannot be done. But, help is still available.

Call Help-In-Crisis Hotline:

918-456-4357 (HELP)
or
1-800-300-5321

What is a SANE exam? Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE)

A SANE is a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam which is completed by a forensically trained nurse. Please know if YOU CHOOSE to prosecute, your rape exam must be completed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner to ensure proper legal protocols are followed.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Exam is:

1. Primarily for your health and well being
2. Secondarily for evidence collection
3. A documentation of injuries related to the rape
4. 100% free to you
5. Going to give you antibiotics to prevent common STD’s/STI’s

 

However, for health reasons follow up medical care is recommended to test for pregnancy and HIV.