What do I do if I've been sexually assaulted?

You Should...


Get to a Safe Place

Seek Medical Care

A Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) will be performed by a specially trained nurse at the ER. The nurse will gather evidence from the victim's clothing and body. The exam is not required to file a police report. Patients will not be expected to pay for the evidence collection but may be billed for other treatment.

Report the Assault/Rape

It can be difficult after an assault to process through things, you may be unsure what you should or shouldn't do...a crisis advocate can help you through this process. You can contact an advocate through one of the links below or visit our resource pages.

If you are seeking medical attention and want to file a report there are a number of steps you should take to preserve evidence:

  • Do not shower or use the restroom until you get to the hospital 

  • Place the clothes you were wearing in a trash bag and bring them with you to the hospital

  • Do not brush your teeth, eat, drink or smoke before your exam

  • Go to your local ER

  • Even if you are unsure about reporting the assault, it is better to have a SAFE exam done directly after the incident to gather evidence. You can always decide later, if you wish to report the assault.

You can receive a SAFE exam even if you don't

report the incident to the police.

Contact the Belton PD 

Victim Advocate


Crisis Hotline

You decide whether or not you want to report the assault.

If you are in immediate danger....call 911

Otherwise, call your local police department or campus security. Many departments have specially trained officers that interact with sexual violence victims. There may also be a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) which consists of medical staff, law enforcement and local sexual violence resource staff. These teams provide an organized approach to gathering evidence, conducting interviews, and a continuum of communication. 

Remember this process might take awhile. But its a stepping stone into the right direction. 

How do I go about reporting the assault?

Seek Healing

Sexual Violence can affect an individual emotionally, physically, socially, and psychologically. 

A victim may experience flashbacks or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And have feelings of depression, guilt, anxiety, uncontrolled fear, etc. Watch for signs of self-harm, substance abuse, or eating disorders. Grieving is a normal part of healing but loved ones should watch for signs that the victim is unable to move on from grief.

Healing looks different for everyone but may include being intentional about self-care, going to counseling, choosing a few close friends to check up on you, or joining a support group.

A victim's loved ones may also need support and healing. Do not ignore these needs. Seek healing for yourself as well.

(RAINN.org, 2017)


Hope Haven. (2017). What is sexual violence? Retrieved from https://www.hopehavenofcasscounty.org/what-is-sv 

The Mama Bear Effect. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.themamabeareffect.org/free-downloads.html 

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Effects of sexual violence. Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/effects-sexual-violence

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Help someone you care about. Retrieved from https://rainn.org/articles/help-someone-you-care-about

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Reporting to law enforcementRetrieved from https://www.rainn.org/articles/reporting-law-enforcement

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). State law database. Retrieved from https://apps.rainn.org/policy/

Domestic Violence

Victim Adovocate Unit

Belton, Missouri

 Police Department

7001 E. 163rd St.
Belton, MO  64012

General Calls: 816.331.5522
Dispatch: 816.331.1500 
TIPS: 816.348.4499 
Fax: 816.322.7057 

Elizabeth Crow

Victim Advocate



Cama Suess

Victim Advocate



Sexual Assault

Upcoming Events 

Sexual Assault Awareness Virtual Event

Be the rock

April 10th, 2020

Your Belton Police Department Victim Service Unit has placed some teal rocks around some high foot trafficked areas. While everyone is out walking and practicing their social distancing, be on the lookout for one of our rocks. If you find one, you can keep it or leave it for the next person to see. We do ask that you take a picture of it and post it on social media with #SAAM #BPDvAU #Yourstorymatters . Also, you can post it on our facebook page.

What we are hoping for with today's event, is even though we all might need these empowering words right now when our world is kind of crazy, there might be people out there who are struggling with being a victim and might need to know that they are not alone and that their story matters.

Do your research

April 11th, 2020

Did you know that the Belton Police Department Victim Service Unit has its own website? BPDVAU.ORG. We believe in fostering a culture that prioritizes consent and respect, and responds to and supports survivors and their allies. One of the ways the unit does this is by keeping several different resources posted here for not only domestic violence, but also for sexual assault.
Not only do we have information and resources but there are several different repatible websites you can visit. RAINN, NSVRC, and MCADSV are a few of them.
Today’s Sexual Assault Awareness Virtual Event, we are asking you do research on Sexual Assault Awareness and how you do your part. Once, you have done this, post to your social media what you have found out with #SAAM #BPDVAU

Donating new undergarments

April 12th, 2020

Sometimes when a victim is sexually assaulted, they might need to give the SANE nurse or the police department their undergarments for evidence. Only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison. This is one of the reasons why it is important for law enforcement to collect all the evidence that they can.


Today’s Sexual Assault Virtual Event we are asking that you purchase undergarments through amazon or your local store and have them shipped to the Belton Police Department or Cass County Sheriff's Office.

When we have a victim of sexual assault and their undergarments are requested for evidence, we will be able to supply this to our victims. This allows the victim to be able to replace them instead of wearing nothing at all under their clothing when they are done.

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