1) Report It: According to FBI estimates, only 37% of all rapes are ever reported to the police. The U.S. Justice Department statistics are even more grim: they suggest that only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes are ever reported. There are a number of reasons as to why a victim wouldn’t want to report a case of abuse: they don’t feel anyone will believe them, they were participating in illegal activity at the time of the attack, they don’t want to be bothered with a police investigation, they fear the assailant, they feel too much time has passed for them to bring it up etc, etc, etc. For many victims, it seems a lot easier to try and move on without dealing with the law.
However, by reporting sexual abuse, you at the very least increase the possibility that the perpetrator will be punished for their crimes and may be rendered unable to harm other persons. Victims deserve justice, no matter how they ended up in the situation that ended with their abuse. Furthermore, the police will be able to put you in touch with local organizations that can help you to get counseling, legal help, health care and other services. If you can, bring a loved one with you to the station or have one with you when you call. Truth be told, law enforcement agents are not always as kind and gentle as we’d imagine they should be with persons who have been assaulted. By having another person present, you will have the support of someone who cares for you and who isn’t jaded by dealing with these matters day in and day out.