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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.

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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