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Sexual Assault Safety Planning

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault affects a victim’s safety. A safety plan is used to help empower a survivor and reduce the risk of future harm.

In this article, you will learn why sexual assault survivors need safety plans to protect their legal interests, what to think about when a safety plan is made, and places to turn to for help. 

What is a sexual assault safety plan?

A sexual assault safety plan is a written document created by a survivor that sets out ways the survivor can stay safe and reduces the risk of harm. A safety plan is tailored to meet the survivor's individual needs and safety concerns.

What are safety plans used for?

A safety plan is used to help keep the survivor and their family as safe as possible. A safety plan also helps empower a survivor by allowing them to reclaim a sense of security and safety.

When should I consider creating a safety plan?

You should consider creating a safety plan if you are a survivor of sexual assault or if there is a risk of any type of abuse or unsafe situation.

What things should I include in my safety plan?

A safety plan can include anything that will help you feel safer. It is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances, but the following are a few things you should always consider:

  • Contact information for emergencies;
  • How to stay safe at home (e.g. locks, emergency alarm, code word for opening doors);
  • How to stay safe at work and/or school;
  • How to stay safe in public (e.g. always have someone walk you to your car, keeping your keys and cell phone accessible);
  • Limiting identifying information on social media and routinely changing passwords;
  • What to do if there is contact with the perpetrator; and
  • How to cope with mental and emotional triggers.

Who can I contact to discuss an issue related to a sexual assault?

For assistance with legal issues, you can contact Legal Aid for Survivor of Sexual Assault.

For assistance with other types of issues, you can contact:

IMPORTANT things to remember before making contact:

  • Make sure you are using a safe device;
  • You should have the option of remaining anonymous when you make contact;
  • Many hotlines have an option to text or chat if this is more comfortable for you; and
  • When leaving a voicemail make sure to state if your callback number is safe.

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