Call your local Rape Crisis & Recovery Center

Maryland Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers have trained hotline staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions or to just listen. Your call is FREE and always confidential. Hotline staff can offer options and help identify what is best for you.

Find A Rape Crisis Center

Get Medical Attention

Whether you have cuts and bruises or not, getting medical attention is very important. Maryland offers Maryland SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam) Hospital Programs at various hospitals. A FREE exam can be completed even if you choose not to involve the police. 

Get a FREE exam

A sexual assault is never your fault

and it is important that you know help is always available to you. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, at any time. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what you look like, what you wear, where you hang out and who you hang out with.

What to Do if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Seek out a friend or other support person

You may feel confused and not sure what to do. Call someone you trust who will offer you emotional support and help you understand your options.

Report the assault to police

Your advocate or another support person can go with you to file a report in the county or city where you were assaulted. While police may be able to investigate what happened more easily if you report right away, you can file a report at any time.

Download and print a copy of the safety plan

The safety plan helps you to know what to do in an emergency, how to protect yourself at home and while you’re out or at work, as well as how to protect your children. In addition, it covers using the law to help you and how to preserve your privacy at home and online. Click here to download the safety plan in PDF. An advocate at your local Rape Crisis and Recovery Center can also assist you in making a plan to stay safe. Know your options. For information about abortion services and/or to locate a service provider, you can visit websites such as NARAL Pro-Choice MarylandPlanned Parenthood of Maryland, and the DC Abortion Fund (if you reside in Howard, Montgomery, or Prince George’s counties).