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What to Do if You or Someone You Know Has Been Sexually Assaulted?

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What you should do you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted?

  • Get to a safe place and tell someone you trust. Call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.
  • Do NOT bathe, wash, change clothes, eat, drink or go to the bathroom, if possible to preserve any evidence on your body.
  • If it has been less than 120 hours since the assault, go to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital ER
  • and ask for the SANE nurse.
  • If it has been more than 120 hours, medical treatment for sexually transmitted infections and
  • pregnancy testing should occur at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit or your private physicians office.
  • Advocates are available 24/7, free and confidential.



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Click here to print a card and keep it in your wallet to refer to if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted.