Help For Rape Victims
Download AWARE’s Rape & Sexual Assault: Fact Sheet On Important Information.
What should I do if I am sexually assaulted (i.e. rape or sexual penetration without consent)?
- First, get to a safe place away from the perpetrator.
- Call someone you trust to be with you. Or contact SABS and we will do our best to send a Befriender to accompany you to the police station or hospital.
- Call the police (999) or go to the police station to file a police report. You can go to any police station but the best place to go to is the Serious Sexual Crimes Branch at the Police Cantonment Complex as soon as possible. People often have mixed feelings about making a police report. Remember, it is your choice whether to make a statement to the police or not.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are badly hurt, go to Kadang Kerbau Hospital (KK), National University Hospital (NUH) or Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for treatment.
- Rape kits may be be done at the hospital to preserve evidence. You may request to have a rape kit done, or the police might ask you to take one. To do a rape kit, go to the hospitals mentioned above within 72 hours of the incident, but first go to the police station to make the report.
- To preserve DNA evidence of the perpetrator, do not bathe, wash or change your clothes, brush your teeth or comb your hair.
Sexual assault is extremely traumatic. Different people will react differently but it is normal to feel fear, guilt, anger, confusion, sadness, depression and shock after the incident. You may also experience flashbacks and nightmares, a desire to withdraw from society or even to hurt yourself.
Whether the assault occurred recently or a long time ago, it is never too late to get help. If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important to understand that it is not your fault and that you have the right and should receive help from people who will believe you and help you in your recovery.
Do not go through this alone. Contact someone you know and trust. Or contact SABS to speak to someone who will support you and arrange for counseling for you. All calls will be treated confidentially.
What after-care services are available to the victim?
- AWARE’s SABS Helpline
6779-0282 (10 am to 3 pm, Mondays to Fridays)
1800-7745935 (3 pm to 930 pm, Mondays to Fridays)
- Care Corner Helpline (For Mandarin speakers)
1800 3535 800
- Samaritans of Singapore (Suicidal tendencies)
1800 221 4444
- ComCare Helpline (Family Service Centres)
1800 222 0000
Click on these links for more information on rape and sexual assault:
- Rape & Sexual Assault
- Understanding Consent
- Abusive Relationships
- Date Rape
- Underage Sex & Statutory Rape
- Reducing Risks Of Sexual Assault
- Help For Rape Victims
- Rape & Sexual Assault: Fact Sheet On Important Information
- How To Report Sexual Harassment On SMRT Trains
- AWARE launches Sexual Assault Befrienders Service