What to do if you're sexually assaulted:
The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim.
You never want to think about a worst-case scenario happening to you -- but the scary truth is that one in six women will experience an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. And if you or a friend is assaulted, you may not be sure what to do next. Here are a few key steps you can take to stay safe, seek help, and start the healing process.
Go to a safe place
Reach out to someone you trust for help and support.
If you choose, report the sexual assault to the police.
Call the Sex Abuse Treatment Center's (SATC) 24-hour hotline at (808) 524-7273
We can offer you the support, care, and advocacy you need right now. A SATC crisis counselor can help you with medical care, reporting to the police, informing family or friends, and other questions.
For TTY assistance for the hearing impaired, call (808) 535-7627 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).
For TTY assistance after hours, call the SATC hotline at (808) 524-7273. Physician's Exchange will help you contact a SATC on-call crisis counselor.
If you don't speak English, we can get an interpreter at no cost to you.
Neighbor Island 24-hour Hotline:
Big Island: (808) 935-0677
Maui County: (Toll Free) (866) 443-5702
Kaua'i: (808) 245-4144
• It’s best to not wash, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth (if oral activity took place). If you have cleaned yourself you can and should still get a medical examination.
• If possible, keep the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault on. They will be collected at the time of the examination. The SATC has clothing available, but if possible, bring a change of clothing. If you did change, put each article of clothing in a separate paper bag and bring everything to the hospital.
• Do not clean or disturb the physical location where the assault occurred.
• If you suspect that you were a victim of a rape drug, it’s important to get medical care for testing and evidence collection as soon as possible. These drugs leave your system very quickly.
Suspected cases of child sexual abuse by a family and/or household member should be reported to the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Services. Call 832-5300.
Call the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) hotline
We can offer you the support, care and advocacy you may need right now. The SATC worker can help you with medical care, reporting to the police, informing family or friends, and other questions or concerns. Try to call within 120 hours if possible.
Medical care and evidence collection
1. Although going to the hospital after a sexual assault may feel overwhelming, it’s a safe place to get help. A SATC crisis counselor will stay with you the entire time.
2. A Medical Forensic Examination is available to adults and minors, females and males. Examinations are done within 120 hours of a sexual assault at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children. Medical care following a sexual assault is important even if you have no visible injuries. This service:
• Ensures proper medical attention and addresses concerns about the risks of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and HIV.
• Collects and preserves evidence, even if you don’t want to report the assault to the police. Sometimes victims decide to pursue legal action later.
3. The examination is done at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children (1319 Punahou Street).
4. You can bring a friend or relative to the hospital for support.
5. You can receive the examination even if you don’t want to report the incident to police.
Interpreters are available for those who have limited English ability or for the hearing impaired.
6. Crisis counseling is provided by the SATC crisis counselor during the medical exam.
If you’re a female, be aware that all Hawai'i hospitals are required to provide information about and access to emergency contraception following a sexual assault, regardless if you choose not to undergo a medical forensic examination or choose not to report the sexual assault to law enforcement.
7. There is NO COST for the Medical Forensic Examination or crisis counseling. For more information, visit: Medical Forensic Examination
What if the assault happened a while ago?
Call the SATC hotline 808-524-7273 and a SATC crisis counselor can help you decide on the best course of action and your reporting options. You may still be able to report the assault to the police if it is within the statute of limitations.
If you’re worried about sexually transmitted infections, HIV, or other medical concerns, even if it’s been over 120 hours since the assault, it’s important to seek medical care. Adults can seek care from a private physician or nearby medical clinic. The SATC has a Pediatric Sexual Abuse Clinic for anyone under the age of 18.