A sexual assault victim may experience many emotions including shock, denial, fear, embarrassment, shame, guilt, depression, anxiety and anger. Everyone reacts differently. There is no "normal" way to feel. It's normal to feel any of these emotions or even all of them at once.
Because a sexual assault victim may have been exposed to sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and pregnancy, it's important to receive medical care and support immediately after an assault has occurred to ensure that medical issues are addressed, evidence is collected and to aid in the healing process.
Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services does not require you to report the incident to law enforcement to receive services. You can call our 24/7 Emergency Hotline, 775-421-1028, to speak with an advocate. If you choose to report the assault to law enforcement or to a medical facility you can request, and have the right, to have a WDVS advocate present.
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