Where to Start
The choices and services available after an assault can be very overwhelming. Often the best thing to do is to talk to a confidential advocate who can talk you through your options. An advocate is available 24 hours a day at 425-252-4800. If you do not feel comfortable talking with an advocate at this time, some information about your options is included here:
- Are you safe? If you are in danger please call 911. If you can’t safely make a phone call, you can also text 911 and please include your address/location so the police can help you.
- Do you need medical attention? Emergency departments in Snohomish County can provide medical care as well as a Forensic Nurse who specialize in helping victims of physical or sexual assault and abuse. You can also call our clinic at 425-297-5770 to make an appointment Monday to Friday. Costs for initial medical exams for sexual assault victims are covered by the state and our advocates will help you fill out that paperwork. Please do not let concerns about money prevent you from seeking services.
- Is there evidence that can be collected? After an assault, forensic evidence can be collected for up to five days. If you are over the age of 18, that evidence can be collected anonymously and stored. This allows for the evidence to be collected and preserved while also giving you time to decide whether or not you want to report. This evidence collection can occur during your medical exam at no cost.
- Above all else, please know that what happened to you is not your fault and that you are not alone. You can call PICAA at any time to talk with an advocate or access support services, whether your assault was an hour ago or 20 years ago. Please do not hesitate to call.