You have the ability to call and talk to someone 24 hours a day. Call 918.7HELP.ME (918.743.5763) to speak with an advocate. DVIS/Call Rape works with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program to ensure timely and accurate collection of forensic evidence for use in prosecuting suspected rapists.
If you are an adult age 18 and over and wish to report your assault to the police, please follow the steps below. If the sexual assault or abuse involves someone under the age of 18, it must be reported to the police.
- Report the rape or sexual assault to the police. The sooner you tell the greater chance the rapist will be caught.
- Call 911
- The police will file a report on your behalf and help you through the process.
- They will suggest you get a SANE exam.
- If you agree, the Tulsa Police Department will call DVIS /Call Rape and a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) will be called out to perform the exam, along with an advocate to support you through the process.
If you are an adult 18 and over, wish to get an exam and do not want to report to the police, please call 918.7HELP.ME and an advocate will assist you. A non-report individual can still receive a free forensic exam, preventative health care and preserve forensic evidence.
- Adults, get a rape examination within 120 hours after the rape or sexual assault. Children under 18, get an exam within 72 hours:
1. To collect forensic evidence for prosecution.
2. To receive preventative health care
3. To see if you have any physical injuries that need tending.
- At the sexual assault exam site, in a confidential room with trained staff and volunteers.
- Preserve all evidence:
- Do NOT: shower, bathe, change clothes, douche, brush teeth, drink or eat, or throw away any clothing until police or medical personnel say it is okay.
- During the exam we will collect evidence such as your clothing, DNA swabs, etc.
- If you have done any of the above, it is still possible to do an exam, but not as effective. So if possible, please try to avoid any of these actions.
- If you have any physical evidence such as sheets, towels, or clothing that you have already changed out of, you will need to hand those over to the police officer for evidence.
- To help deal with the feelings of anger, helplessness, fear, and shame caused by the assault.
- Even if you do not tell the police or get a SANE exam it is never too late to call for help.
- Many individuals may feel symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) long after the assault happened, such as anxiety attacks, trouble sleeping, flashbacks, etc. Others may be feeling self-destructive or suicidal. Our trained counselors can help you through these difficult situations.
- Remember that it is not your fault:
- Do not accept blame for being an innocent victim.
- If you survived, you did what you were supposed to do.
- Nobody asks to be attacked.