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Get Help – Your Immediate Needs

If you have recently been raped or sexually assaulted:

  • Try to be somewhere that feels safe to you, and if possible contact someone who you can trust to be with you.

  • If you feel you are in immediate danger, dial 999.

  • If you are physically injured, go to your GP or your nearest Emergency Department.

  • If there is a possibility of pregnancy, you can use emergency contraception. The morning after pill, which is effective for up to 72 hours later is available from pharmacies.

  • If you wash yourself, use safe products, not harsh household cleaning products as they can be harmful to you.

  • If you are worried about sexually transmitted diseases, you can get confidential advice and treatment from your nearest STI clinic.  (Mayo’s public STI clinic operates on Tuesday mornings in Mayo University Hospital and appointments are available by calling 087 451 8971.

  • SATU (Sexual Assault Treatment Units) also provide this service, along with holistic care in the aftermath of a rape or sexual assault, even if you do not want to report the incident to the Gardai. Find your closest SATU here.

  • You do not have to make a decision right away about whether or not to report what has happened to you. But you might decide to at a later time, so do keep the clothes you were wearing at the time (do not wash them) in a bag.