Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual experience. It is most often inflicted upon victims through the use of force, threats, manipulation or coercion. Learn more here.
- Get to a safe place and address medical needs.
- Be patient with yourself and/or your loved one.
- Understand that there are many responses to this traumatic event. You may experience anxiety, depression, panic attacks, flashbacks, memory loss, rage, numbness or flat affect, sleep disturbances, etc.
Know Your Options
- If you choose to go to the police, campus security, and/or the hospital, you can be accompanied by a friend and/or a victim advocate.
- A forensic medical exam provides medical care and collects evidence. You can also be examined for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. In order to get an exam, you do not have to participate with law enforcement. The medical forensic exam is at no cost to you, but there may be costs for additional services. Colorado has programs that can help with these costs.
- A victim advocate can confidentially explain options, including reporting options, victim compensation, forensic exams, counseling and other services.
- Many victims/survivors report feeling better after discussing their assault with others or a trained professional. A local Rape Crisis Center may offer support groups and counseling resources.
Effects of Sexual Assault
- Whether your assault occurred recently or years ago, you have options and support available to you (see FAQ below).
- Be patient with yourself. Dealing with this crime can be a long process.
- Understand that there are many responses to this traumatic event. You may experience anxiety, depression, panic attacks, flashbacks, memory loss, anger, trouble sleeping as well as self-blame and self-doubt.
- Seeking support can help reduce the long-term effects of sexual assault. See resources listed below by region or topic.
- View CCASA’s “Understanding Unwanted Sexual Experiences” brochure.
Frequently Asked Questions: Your Options if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted in Colorado
Click here to go to our resources page and check out our Reporting Options brochure and Survivor Handbook guide. These resources answer questions like:
- “Do I have to deal with this alone?”
- “Do I have to report? What are my reporting options?”
- “Do I pay for medical care?”
- “Where can I go for sexual assault medical care?”
Get help near you…
This map provides information about rape crisis resources and support organizations throughout Colorado. You may access these resources by clicking on the region of the state below where you would like support. For additional information, you may also access resources published by CCASA or the wide variety of topics on the Research and Articles page. This list is focused on rape crisis services for immediate crisis intervention. Please scroll down to “Find a specific resource…” for an expanded list of resources for survivors.
Find a specific resource…
Click on the topic areas listed below for extensive lists of resources across Colorado. These lists are always growing, so check back often for updated information. CCASA member agencies are indicated with an asterisk (*).