We understand that there is no more personal decision during this process. No one else – friends, family, the police, hospital staff, or other well-meaning individuals – can make this decision for you.
Regardless of your decision to report the assault to the police, it is important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Above all, your safety and health are of the utmost importance and you need to be checked for physical trauma.
If you do choose to report to the police, they will see that you have a forensic exam. Whether or not you are considering pursuing prosecution, you can choose to submit or forego the forensic exam. The evidence will be collected and ready if you decide to continue with the investigation.
You may also want to consider emergency contraception and/ or medication to help prevent STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). The Crisis Line (912.233.7273) is always available to call and talk through any decision with a trained advocate or volunteer.