Rape: 4 Things To Do
1. What to do if someone you know has been raped
- Believe what they are saying and support them. Do not panic
- Do not ask too many detail questions. You may hurt then’ more in the process
- Do not share this information with anyone without their consent. Confidentiality is key.
- Affirm their feelings and express admiration for their courage to share their issue with you
- Refer them for professional services
2. What to do if you have been raped
- Tell someone you know and trust
- Rush to your nearest hospital or clinic within 3 days (#72hours) for the following free services:
- Voluntary HIV test and medicines to prevent HIV infection
- Medicines to prevent and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Medicines to prevent pregnancy
- Medical examination and collection of forensic evidence for court processes
Take Note: Rape is a painful and traumatic experience. Counseling is offered at the clinic to prevent long-term mental health problems.
3. What to avoid if you have been raped
- Washing or throwing away clothes you were wearing when it occurred
- Staying at home and trying to forget about it
4. Where to get Help
- You can get free post-rape services at ARC Ward C9 Parirenyatwa Hospital
- The clinic offers free services necessary after being raped and opens from 08-00 hours — 1630 hours (Monday-Friday)
- During weekends, public holidays and after hours, services are available in the Casualty Department of Parirenyatwa and Harare Hospitals
- Visit any health facility near you to get other sexual and reproductive health services you may need
- Contact ARC on 08080472 (free for Econet) or 0775 672 770 for assistance.
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Information in this article is provided by the Adult Rape Clinic. You can follow them on Twitter handle @AdultRapeClinic
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