21 September 2015
Though it’s something none of us like to think about, knowing what to do after an attack is important for everyone working in the sex industry.
More than half of the women working in the industry have been raped or seriously sexually assaulted and at least three quarters have suffered a violent physical attack.
If you are the victim of an attack, your actions immediately following the incident could make a big difference both to your safety and to the chances of having the attacker convicted for their crime.
Get to a safe place
The first thing that everyone should do after a sexual or physical assault is get to a safe place.
Whether you turn to a local medical centre, a friend or a family member, the quicker you can get away from the site of the attack and into a safe place, the better.
Get medical attention
The next thing that you need to do is get some medical attention. Even if you think that you’re fine, you should go to a hospital or medical centre to get checked out as some serious conditions only appear once the shock of the attack has warn off.
If you’ve suffered a sexual assault, the hospital or medical centre will be able to collect important evidence at this point, helping the police to find and convict the person who assaulted you.
Once you’re safe and have received the medical attention that you need, you should think about sharing information about your attack with a service like Ugly Mugs.
By sharing information about the person who attacked you, you can warn other sex workers and help to keep them out of harm’s way.
Talk to Doorway
Even if the physical scars from your attack heal quickly, the psychological scars can be harder to recover from.
Sex workers who experience violent assaults can go on to suffer from depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and long term health problems. Here at Doorway, we can point you in the direction of dedicated organisations that can help and support you as you recover from the attack and give you the information and advice you need to get your life back on track.
If you’d like to talk to one of the friendly members of our team, call our confidential, free help line on 0808 800 1030 or get in touch with us via email.