*Please note: Our advocates are mandated reporters. We follow Maine reporting laws. We will never ask you for identifying information. Please share only what you are comfortable with.
If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted:
- Never blame the victim. Reassure the survivor that the offender is to blame.
- If there is immediate danger, call 911.
- Get to a safe place. Call the police, our Helpline, family, or a friend
- Seek medical attention for possible injuries, pregnancy, STDs, or for the collection of evidence, as soon as possible.
- Do not wash, urinate, douche, brush your teeth, eat, drink, smoke, or change clothes, because it can impact evidence.
- You have a right to make a police report at any time, faster reporting time can impact an investigation.
- The free, private Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline can be accessed anywhere in Maine, 24/7.
If you have been assaulted, consider going to the hospital emergency department or to your primary care physician as soon as possible.
When a report goes into the police, a patrol officer may be the first person to respond to your call. They will ask you for a brief statement about the assault. An investigating officer may also interview you to gather specific information about the crime.