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.