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If you are raped...


Annette Kirabira a counseling psychologist with Rahab Uganda gives tips on what you should do and who to talk to after rape.

Move away from the site of rape

Although most victims tend to hide and cry, it is better to move to a public place that the rapist cannot access. This will help you avoid the risk of repeat and gang rape.

Do not bathe

Although a rape victim's first intuition is to rush to the nearest bathroom and bathe, this is not advisable because it destroys the evidence that could help arrest the culprit.

Instead Kirabira advises to go to hospital without changing clothes or bathing to enable the medical personnel get evidence.

Take post rape test to determine your health status

Within 24 hours and not later than 72 hours from the time of rape, get tested to check your health status in terms of HIV.

Report the rape incident to the Police

Recording a statement with the Police, enables the Police undertake immediate investigations. Secondly, it helps you present your case strongly, in case the culprit is arrested.

Talk to someone you trust

Although the incident leaves the victim confused, it is important that you do not suffer in silence. �Confide in some one you trust especially someone who will understand and help you.�

Seek a counsellor's advice

Speaking to a counsellor will aid your recovery at the same time speed up the healing process.


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Information in this article was accurate in June 26, 2009. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.