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This is true in some places. This is not true in all places. Not every state, city or county has the capability of doing anonymous reporting (where you are seen by a forensic nurse and evidence is collected but no police report is filed) because they don’t have the ability to safely store that information or they don’t have trained staff to complete an interview without police present.
Not everywhere has rape crisis advocates or counselors that will go with you to the hospital or sexual assault response area either. Again, it depends on what is available in your city, county or state.
This is great when it’s an option to you, but it would be hugely disappointing to a victim to think that these were services that were offered to them and to find out abruptly that they are not.
The good thing though is that the last bit of this is true: everything you do/don’t do is your choice. And it is okay to not report an assault if that is where you are, right now. If these services aren’t available in your area or you’re unsure the RAINN hotline is a great central source to find out what is available in your area and to get immediate, 24 hour help.
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