6) Avoid The Assailant At All Costs: You should not have any contact with the person who assaulted you. It doesn’t matter if he or she was a friend, a family member or a colleague. Your safety (physical and emotional) are at risk if you continue to deal with this person. Furthermore, defense attorneys have the unseemly task of seeking all possible ways of reducing the credibility of an assault victim; citing voluntary post-assault interaction with the alleged assailant is a common method of making a victim appear untrustworthy. Defer to police and crisis counselors for tips on how to avoid an assailant who lives in your community or who may have been someone you’d naturally come across in your day to day routine.