Sexual Assault is any unwanted, coerced or forced sexual activity. It is never a survivor's fault.
Sexual Assault happens regardless of gender, sexual identity or age. It is never a survivor's fault. It does not matter if he or she was intoxicated, or previously engaged in sexual activity with the perpetrator. It is every person's right to say no, at any time regardless of their relationship to the perpetrator.
If you've been sexually assaulted, it is very important to receive medical care as soon as possible.
At the Emergency Departments of Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai Roosevelt and the Lenox Hill HealthPlex we have a Sexual Assault Response Team that includes a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and a Volunteer Rape Crisis Advocate. These individuals are specially trained to provide both comprehensive and expert medical care, as well as compassionate emotional support in the Emergency Department. You will be offered preventative treatment for STDs and possible HIV exposure, emergency contraception, and a full medical exam. Forensic evidence can also be collected and preserved in case you decide to report to the police at any time in the next 18 months. Everything that happens in the Emergency Department is your choice. At Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and the Lenox Hill HealthPlex, you'll be seen as soon as you arrive and treatment for sexual assault is provided free of charge.
What happens next?
If you visit any one of our three emergency departments, you will automatically be connected to CVTC if you would like to be. WIth your permission, CVTC staff will outreach within 48 hours to check in and to offer continued support.
There is no "right way" to act or feel after a sexual assault. Many survivors hope to forget everything that happened and to just move on. This is a common reaction, but talking to a compassionate, expert therapist at CVTC, even just once, can make a world of difference. CVTC provides a safe space to sort out your feelings and reactions with someone who understands what you're going through.
No one deserves to be sexually assaulted and you are not to blame. Did I drink too much? Were my clothes too suggestive? Why did I trust him/her in the first place? Why didn't I fight back? Many survivors blame themselves for what happened. It is important to remember that whatever you did kept you alive; you did nothing to deserve this. Sexual assault is about the perpetrator's aggression and need for power and control. It is about violence, not sexual attraction.
CVTC is here to help you heal. Whether you seek our services a day, a week, or years after an assault, we are here to provide expert and compassionate care, free of charge. Call (212) 523-4728 to discuss the healing options available to you or to make an appointment.
When someone you care about has been sexually assaulted, it affects you too.
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When you're ready for more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (212) 523-4728
You are not to blame
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