What to do if you or someone you know was raped

What should you do if you or someone you know was raped?

If you or someone you know was raped, here's what you should do:

  • You need to get medical help as soon as you can. If possible, you should go to the hospital, medico-legal clinic or Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) within 72 hours (3 days) of the rape.
  • You will be provided with medication if necessary, to help to prevent you from being infected with HIV. This medication is called PEP, which stands for 'post-exposure prophylaxis'. You will have to take these pills every day for 28 days.
  • You will be given medication to prevent you from falling pregnant. Both of these medicines are free in public hospitals and clinics.
  • The doctor or nurse will also ask you questions about what happened. Try to be as honest as you can. It's okay if you don't remember. They will do some tests to get evidence for the police find your rapist but this does not mean you have to open a case at the police station.
  • Do not shower or wash after the rape and take any clothes you were wearing so they can find evidence they need.

Remember, you do not need to open a case to get medical care after a rape.

If your friend was raped, just listen, do not judge him/her, give them time and remind them that nothing you do will ever make rape your fault.


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Christolene 28 August 2018 09:24

More about teenage pregnancy

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 August 2018 11:06

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out our Girl's Body Guide for more info on teenage pregnancy. You can also check out the She Conquers website for more information http://sheconquerssa.co.za 



Anonymous 19 July 2016 08:47

Thank you for this information. It will help me support my friend. We all need to work to stop rape from happening.