After an Assault: What do you Do?
Imagining being sexually assaulted is frightening to most people. You may wonder how you would survive the experience. What would you do? How would you feel? How would you move on afterwards?
Being raped or sexually assaulted is NEVER your fault.
After being raped or assaulted, you may feel very alone; like there is no one you can tell. Like there is no one that would understand. The Nord Center ‘s Sexual Assault Care Unit (SACU) is there for you, your friends or anyone who needs us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can reach the SACU by calling (800) 888-6161 or come to The Nord Center at 6140 S Broadway, Lorain OH 44053 any time—day or night (24 hours a day 7 days a week). We are there, we can help and we do understand.
If you are assaulted or raped:
- Get to a safe place
- Seek care within 96 hours (4 days) at the SACU; if you are injured go to the ER.
- Call (800) 888-6161. We will help you with everything else.
- There is no fee for services.
At the SACU you will be assisted by two people: an experienced, certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Lorain County Rape Crisis Advocate or a Children’s Advocate. The Nurse Examiner is trained to conduct a specific protocol for evidence collection in a special room with specific resources designed for this purpose. The SACU is private, quiet and safe. SACU services are available to people of all ages and both female and male patients.
Even if the assault happened a while ago and you were not able to tell anyone at the time it happened please call Lorain County Rape Crisis at (800) 888-6161. Long term support services are available.