If you are raped, here are some actions you can take:
Remember that rape is not your fault! The only person to blame for a rape is the rapist. By reporting the rape, you may be able to stop the rapist from hurting other women.
A rape survivor experiences a range of feelings after the ordeal and will have special needs at this time. She may be calm, withdrawn, or hysterical. She may also react in laughter, anger, apathy, or shock. Each survivor copes with the trauma of the assault in a different way. Her greatest fear is that nobody will believe her.
This is one of the reasons that cause survivors to delay the reporting of assaults – it is important to make her feel that you believe her. Believing that it is real, that it happened will encourage a rape survivor and help her feel that she is being heard and understood. At the time of the assault, the survivor may have been or have felt that she was powerless. Consequently, she may feel extremely vulnerable with very low esteem.
She needs reassurance that she handled the attack in the best possible way and that she is now safe because the rape may have taken away any feeling of control. By offering a rape survivor choices at this stage, for example, by providing information about police procedures, medical procedures, and counseling services, you can help to make her feel she is regaining control of the situation. But remember that she may not absorb or use all the information at that time. It should, therefore, be made available again when the survivor is more able to make decisions. She should not be pressured to make choices when she is not ready as this will not help her put control back to her life. If your friend is raped, here are some actions you can take:
Violence is a means of dominance, control and power. In societies, where men are dominant over women, violence is used against women in such forms as rape, domestic violence, and etc. In any society, where women are regarded and treated as unequal to men, violence against women will continue. To stop violence against women, the following activities can be carried out: