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Sexual Assault in Douglas County

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What Can I Do If I’ve Been Sexually Assaulted?

Where do I start if I have other injuries that need medical attention?

  • Get to a safe place and call 911
  • Follow the directions of 911 to proceed to the hospital or wait for an ambulance
  • Do not shower or change clothes (if you have already changed, bring those clothes with you)
  • The hospital or law enforcement will contact us and we will respond 24/7

Where do I start if I do not have injuries that need medical attention?

  • Get to a safe place and call 911
  • 911 will dispatch a law enforcement officer to your location (if you do not have any other physical injuries you do not need to go to the hospital)
  • Do not shower or change clothes (if you have already changed, bring those clothes with you)
  • Law enforcement will contact us and we will respond to the Sexual Assault Center

As a victim of sexual assault you have the power to choose the course of action that is right for you. You may choose to report the crime to law enforcement and the crime will be investigated or you may choose not to report. Either way, you have a right to receive a forensic medical exam at no cost to you.

What is a Forensic Medical Exam (FME)?

A FME is an examination used to collect evidence and DNA to aid in the prosecution of your case should it go to trial. A FME can be performed up to 240 hours (10 days) after the assault and possibly longer. The SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) may also dispense prophylactic medication for those at risk of sexually transmitted infections and address pregnancy concerns as a result of the assault.

What are my rights as a victim of crime?

As a victim of sexual assault the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights serves to protect victims, keep them informed of the legal process and provides service for crime victims. To learn more about Georgia Crime Victim Bill of Rights and the roles of Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Department of Corrections, State Board of Pardons and Paroles’ and your role as a victim, click here:

GEORGIA CRIME VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS

Is there any financial assistance to aid in the recovery of being a victim of crime?

You may be eligible to participate in the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program which eases the financial burden faced by victims of violent crimes by covering expenses related to medical bills, funeral expenses, mental health counseling and crime scene sanitization, as well as loss of income or support. To learn more click here or contact our office at 678-715 -1196 we will be happy to assist you in this process.

What assistance does the Sexual Assault Center provide to survivors?

The Sexual Assault Center provides the following services at no cost:

  • 24/7 crisis line
  • Individual Support
  • Case Management
  • Forensic Medical Exams
  • Support Groups – Weekly
  • Crime Victim Compensation Assistance
  • Resource Referrals

Douglas County Task Force is a private non-profit organization. We are here to provide emotional support for you. Please call our crisis line at 678-715-1196 24/7 if you need help.

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