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This list is to help you remember to explore all the resources you choose to. You have control over your life now and these are some things you can do to act on that. Use your discretion about which resources you seek.

__ Call for help

You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, 24 hours a day at

 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or World Wide Directory of Abuse Lines. By calling this hotline you can find references to local counseling and therapy resources.



__ Find a support group

Online support group message boards are recommended as a good first step (if you are not ready to talk in person). You also need to speak to a rape crisis counselor and a therapist. http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip//crisiscenters.html#mb


__ Get free counseling

You may want to seek free counseling from your local rape crisis center. http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip//internl.html

In the US call 1-800-656-HOPE and you will be connected to the nearest center.

You may also find free student counseling

from your university.

http://www.google.com or call 411 and ask information.


__ Find a therapist


Seek treatment from a trained therapist specializing in Rape Trauma Syndrome as soon as possible. RAINN also provides therapist referrals. For information call The APA for referrals- 1.800.964.2000

or the NMHA at 1.800.969.6642 or (UK) 0845.766.0163


__ Learn coping skills for panic attacks Ask your therapist to teach you coping skills such as safe place and cognitive restructuring (telling yourself a better story). http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip/copingskills.html

One of the important coping skills, when you are ready, is to learn about the effects of rape. This may be a coping skill that should wait until you are in the care of a therapist and stable. http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip//effectsofrape.html

For other ways of regaining control see: http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip/selfblame.html#controlnow


__ Address the issue of blame: it was not your fault.

The first thing you should know if you were raped or sexually assaulted is that: Rape is never the victim's fault. It's the perp's fault. http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip/selfblame.html

* Author is not a trained counselor or therapist - This site's owners are providing Information for reference only, and do not intend said Information to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions, or for any other purposes. See disclaimer.

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