What to do after a sexual assault 

If you are in or near Salem, Oregon, and have been sexually assaulted, it's extremely important to get immediate medical attention at Salem Hospital's emergency department.

Despite the urge to wash off the remains of the attack as soon as you can, it is essential that you first:

  • Go to a safe place.

  • Call a friend, family member or someone you trust for support. (You can also call the Salem Center for Hope & Safety hotline at 866-399-7722 for help 24 hours a day.)

Salem Hospital’s emergency department has specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners on staff who can explain your options for reporting and support you in your decisions. They can provide you with a forensic exam, collect evidence and provide you with medications to prevent infection or unwanted pregnancy.

If you are considering reporting the assault to law enforcement it is best if you:

  • Do not bathe or shower.

  • Do not comb or brush your hair.

  • Do not change your clothing.

  • Do not clean up the area the assault occurred in.

Salem Center for Hope & Safety

866-399-7722

The Center for Hope & Safety (formerly Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service) offers a safe refuge and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.