Approximately 44 percent of people who are survivors of sexual assault are under the age of 18 (Bureau of Justice Statistics). Due to the violence that often accompanies a rape or sexual assault, it is important to go to the emergency room to be examined for injuries. At the hospital, a social worker will discuss your options, including that of evidence collection. Because of this, it is helpful to not shower, clean up or change clothes before having an exam, as doing so may remove any remaining evidence. Additionally, the doctor can discuss medications that are available to reduce the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or getting pregnant. If you are under the age of 18, the law requires the police to be notified. However, going to the hospital and submitting a report does not necessarily mean that charges must be filed against the perpetrator or that participation in a legal case must occur. Counselors can talk about available alternatives and help you decide what the best choice is going to be for you.
To report child abuse or neglect, please call 911 AND Children's Protective Services at 360.993.7901 (8 am to 5 pm on weekdays) or the End Harm Line at 1.866.562.5624 (after hours).
Questions you'll be asked when you call:
You do not need to have all of the above information when you call to make a report, but the more accurate information you can provide, the better equipped they will be to assess the child's safety.
If you're a survivor of sex trafficking and need support and services, this website shows where you can get different services by type and location, including survivor support services, education/employment, health, housing and more.
Recognizing the signs
Supporting a survivor
Learn examples of what to say and do in the moment as someone confides in you about their experience, and what to say and do to continually support them.
Our other resource pages
Visit our Dating resources page to learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships:
Visit our Counseling and Health Care resource pages for local agencies that can professionally support you through this trauma:
Visit our Mental Health resources page for information about how to talk to your parents/caregivers if you think you need a therapist, and how to find the right one:
Visit our Self-injury and Suicide Prevention resource pages if this trauma is leading you to self-injure or consider dying by suicide: