If you’ve been sexually assaulted know it is not your fault.
According to Rain.org, sexual assault “refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim”. This can take the form of attempted rape, fondling or touching in a sexual way, forcing someone to take part in sexual behavior, or penetration of the body.
RAPE IS NOT THE ONLY FORM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
8 out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by a person that you know. This could be someone you are already intimate with, or perhaps a friend, coworker or relative.
If you’ve experienced any of these acts of violence, we want to help. First, there are two locations in Bakersfield that will give you immediate attention, and if you need a new place to stay, they will help guide you through the process of finding a local refuge home. Secondly, if you think you might be pregnant from rape, you can call us at 326-1907.
The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault works “to stop domestic violence and sexual assault in Kern County and assist survivors in reclaiming their lives.”
Kern County Family Justice Center will help meet any of your needs for getting out of a hostile, violent relationship. Similarly, they will help your children and family.
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Speak up for yourself: If you are currently experiencing any form of sexual assault and it is an emergency, call 911 immediately; and don’t be ashamed. Speak up and call one of the agencies we just mentioned. In fact, they’ve helped thousands of individuals battling very similar circumstances as the one you find yourself in. Or call the the RAINN Hotline at any time of the day at (800)656-HOPE (4673)
RECOVER FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT
Self Care: A.R.E.E. Practicing self-care is a huge step to giving your body, mind, and heart the kind of healing it needs. For that reason, try asking yourself these questions to ensure that you’re improving your emotional and mental health, not impeding it.
Activities: What kind of activities did you perform and enjoy before your experience? Above all, think about possible routines you practiced that helped you get up in the mornings? What are some of the healthy ways that you kept your momentum going throughout the day at work or school?
Rest: It’s important to get rest. For that reason, it might be a good idea to avoid using your cellphone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Think about ways to help you to improve your sleeping. How long did you sleep and at what time? Try to go to sleep every night at the same time and see how that helps you.
Exercise: Whether it was dance, skating, working out, or walking, there are many ways to exercise. So, what was your preference before your incident? Try warming yourself up to that again and seeing how it helps you.
Eat: Eating is essential, but what were some of the foods that always made you feel healthy and strong? Perhaps they gave you energy. Try mixing those foods back into your diet, or adding new foods that you know you’ll enjoy.
Remember, there is help and there are people that will walk through this process with you.
For questions and help, contact us at (661)326-1907.