What to do if you have been Raped or Sexually Assaulted
Call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline
- NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline
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- New York City: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311, 1-866-604-5350 (TTY)
Call your Local Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program
The New York State Department of Health funds 50 agencies which provide rape crisis services and sexual violence prevention education at 72 sites throughout New York State. The programs ensure that victims of rape and sexual assault have access to quality crisis intervention and short-term counseling services, as well as a full range of indicated medical, forensic and support services. These services include:
- 24-hour crisis hotline services
- Short-term client counseling
- Medical and criminal justice accompaniment and advocacy
- Outreach to promote their services
- Training of professionals, including the medical and criminal justice professions
- Community education
To find the nearest Rape Crisis and Sexual Violence Prevention Program, click on your county.
You may also select your county from an alphabetical list of counties. Note: Hamilton County does not have a program.
Seek Medical Help Within 96 Hours
- Get to a safe place and call your local Rape Crisis Program Hotline number (available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days of the year), the police, or 911.
- Don't wash, douche, change your clothes, brush your teeth, or straighten the crime scene. If you must go to the bathroom, be careful not to wipe away any evidence.
- It is important to go to the hospital Emergency Department (ED) as soon as possible for treatment of external and internal injuries. Even if you don't have visible injuries, there may be injuries you can't see. Medical personnel and the police will believe you if you don't have physical injuries as a result of the assault.
- The hospital can provide you with medications to prevent pregnancy, HIV infection and sexually transmitted infections. Information related to payment options for medications to prevent HIV infection is available (PDF, 58KB). The hospital can collect evidence for the police and provide you with important follow-up referrals. The hospital will, with your consent, call a Rape Crisis Program advocate to be available to you while you are at the hospital. If you changed your clothes, bring the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault with you to the hospital.
- The hospital and the Rape Crisis Program will not report the crime to police, unless you want the crime reported. Reporting is your choice. You can also refuse any step of the evidence collection process. This is also your choice.
- The hospital will not release evidence to the police without your written consent and will hold the evidence for 30 days in case you decide later to make a police report.
- If you decide not to go to the police immediately, write down all of the details of the assault and save them in case you change your mind.
- The Rape Crisis Program will provide free, confidential services, including information to assist you in making decisions, medical and legal advocacy and accompaniment, short-term counseling and referral.
- It is normal to feel a range of emotions after the incident, even to feel unusually calm.
Determine if you are a Victim of a Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
Drug facilitated sexual assault is rape or sexual assault facilitated by the use of drugs to incapacitate the victim. The most common drug used to facilitate rape is alcohol, used alone or in combination with other drugs.
What are the signs of a drug facilitated sexual assault?
- Memory loss including "snapshots" or "cameo memories"
- Impaired motor skills
- Reduced inhibition
- Impaired judgment
- Intoxication disproportionate to the amount of alcohol voluntarily consumed
How do I determine if I may have been a victim of drug facilitated sexual assault?
- If you remember taking a drink but cannot recall what happened for a period of time after you consumed the beverage.
- If you feel a lot more intoxicated than your usual response to the amount of alcohol you consumed or feel intoxicated after drinking a non-alcoholic beverage.
- If you woke up feeling "hung over" or "fuzzy," experiencing memories lapses and are unable to account for a period of time.
- If you feel as though someone had sex with you, but you cannot recall any or all of the incident.
- If you wake up in a strange or different location without knowing how you got there.
- If your clothes are absent, inside out, disheveled, or not your own.
- If you have "snapshot" or "cameo memories" only remembering portions of the assault or the period after the assault.
The hospital Emergency Department can use a Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault kit to determine if drugs were used to facilitate the rape. It is important to tell hospital personnel if you voluntarily used any drugs, so they can accurately interpret your test results. You will not be prosecuted for the voluntary use of illegal drugs.
Where should I seek medical care?
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Hospital Programs
All hospitals in New York State are required to provide care to victims of sexual assault in the Emergency Department. New York State Department of Health designated SAFE hospitals provide specialized care to victims of sexual assault.
The goals of the SAFE program are to:
- Provide timely, compassionate, patient-centered care in a private setting that provides emotional support and reduces further trauma to the patient;
- Provide quality medical care to the patient who reports sexual assault, including evaluation, treatment, referral and follow-up;
- Ensure the quality of collection, documentation, preservation and custody of physical evidence by utilizing a trained and New York State Department of Health certified sexual assault forensic examiner to perform the exam;
- Utilize an interdisciplinary approach by working with rape crisis centers and other service providers, law enforcement and prosecutors' offices to effectively meet the needs of the sexual assault victim and the community;
- Provide expert testimony when needed if the patient chooses to report the crime to law enforcement; and,
- Improve and standardize data regarding the incidence of sexual assault victims seeking treatment in hospital emergency departments.
|Albany||Albany Memorial Hospital||600 Northern Boulevard
Albany, NY 12204
|Bronx||Jacobi Medical Center||Social Work Department
1400 Pelham Parkway
South Bronx, NY 10467
|Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center||Emergency Department
234 E. 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
|North Central Bronx Hospital||Social Work Department, Room 14A03,
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
|Broome||Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital Inc||169 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, New York 13905
|Cattaraugus||Olean General Hospital||515 Main Street
Olean, NY 14760
|Chautauqua||Woman's Christian Association (WCA) Hospital||207 Foote Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14702
|Columbia||Columbia Memorial Hospital||71 Prospect Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
|Erie||Buffalo General Hospital||Emergency Department/SANE Office
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
|Erie County Medical Center||462 Grider Street
Buffalo, NY 14215
|Kings||Coney Island Hospital||Emergency Department, Room 1E8B
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235
|Kings County Hospital Center||Crisis Center Room -S1N30,
451 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
|Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center||760 Broadway, Room 2BC-104
Brooklyn, NY 11206
|Monroe||Rochester General Hospital||Pediatric Emergency Department
1425 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
|Strong Memorial Hospital||Department of Emergency Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 655
Rochester, NY 14642
|Nassau||Nassau University Medical Center||Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
|North Shore University Hospital||Emergency Department
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030,
|New York||Bellevue Hospital Center||462 First Avenue Room A329
New York, NY 10016
|Beth Israel Medical Center/Petrie Campus||Emergency Department
Milton and Caroll Petrie Division
First Avenue at 16th Sreet
NY, NY 10003
|Lenox Hill Healthplex in Greenwich Village||North Shore LIJ Health System
30 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
|Mount Sinai Hospital||The SAVI Program
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box #1670
NY, NY 10029
|St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Division||Crime Victims Treatment Center
411 West 114th Street, Suite 2C
New York, NY 10025
|Harlem Hospital Center||Emergency Department, Room 2105
506 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10037
|Metropolitan Hospital Center||1901 First Avenue
New York, NY 10029
|New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Center||Social Work Department
622 West 168th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10032
|New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center||525 East 68th Street, Box 143
New York, NY 10032
|Niagara||Eastern Niagara Hospital - Lockport Division||521 East Avenue
Lockport, NY 14094
|Onondaga||St. Josephs Hospital Health Center||301 Prospect Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13203
|University Hospital SUNY Health Science Center||750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
|Ontario||F. F. Thompson Hospital||Emergency Department
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
|Orange||St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital||Department of Emergency Medicine
70 Dubois Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
|Queens||Elmhurst Hospital Center||Emergency Department,
79-01 Broadway, Room B-1-27
Elmhurst, NY 11373
|Queens Hospital Center||82-68 164th Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
|Rensselaer||Samaritan Hospital||Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program (SACVAP)
2215 Burdett Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
|Richmond||Richmond University Medical Center||Emergency Department Room 532
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
|St. Lawrence||Canton-Potsdam Hospital||Emergency Department
50 Leroy Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
|Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center||Emergency Department
214 King Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
|Massena Memorial Hospital||1 Hospital Drive
Massena, NY 13662
|Suffolk||Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center||Department of Emergency Medicine,
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
|Peconic Bay Medical Center||1300 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
|University Hospital at Stony Brook||101 Nicolls Road
Stonybrook, NY 11794
|Westchester||The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center||100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595