Sexual Assault Treatment
Serious injuries are taken care of first, followed by collection of evidence and non-urgent treatment. The treatment of sexual assault requires a team approach. Additional treatment for a sexual assault victim may include wound care, oral contraceptives, medications for sexually transmitted disease, sexual assault counseling, and mental health counseling.
Initial treatment for a sexual assault victim includes:
- Call 911 right away.
- Do not bathe, change clothes or brush your teeth.
- Place clothes in a paper bag for the police:
- Do not use a plastic bag.
Additional treatment for a sexual assault victim includes:
- Wound care
- Oral contraceptives for sexual assault:
- Medications for sexually transmitted disease:
- Antibiotics, in order to prevent infection
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Medications for anxiety:
- Sexual assault counseling
- Mental health counseling for sexual assault
Continue to Sexual Assault Warning Signs
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