What to do if you are raped

Namibia’s National Protection Referral Network:

Namibia's National Protection Referral Network

What to do if you are raped

Source: Legal Assistance Center, “What to do if you are raped”, http://www.lac.org.na/projects/grap/graprapewhattodo.html

1. Do not wash your body or change your clothes. 
  • Try not to destroy any evidence of the rape.
  • Do not tidy up the place where the rape occurred.
  • Wrap items in newspaper for safekeeping (do not use plastic).
2. Go to a doctor, clinic or hospital. 
  • Get medical help right away and explain that you have been raped.
  • Get PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) immediately to reduce the risk of being infected with HIV. (The course of medicine MUST begin with 48 hours of the rape, or it will not work.
  • Ask the doctor about medicine to prevent infection with other sexually-transmitted diseases.
  • Ask the doctor for pills that can prevent pregnancy, if you could be in danger of falling pregnant from the rape.
  • Get information about follow-up testing.
  • Get counseling.
3. Lay a charge with the police. 
  • Report the rape to the police.
  • Contact a Woman and Child Protection Unit if possible.
  • Bring a change of clothes to the police station so they can keep the clothes you were wearing during the rape as evidence.
  • Tell the police if you are afraid that the person who raped you may come back and hurt you.

Read the Legal Assistance Center’s pamphlet on what to do if you are raped.

what to do if you are raped

Also available in Otjiherero and Afrikaans.

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