Has someone been raped?

What to do after rape

One speaks of rape when a person coerces another person against his or her will by using or threatening violence, or engages in other sexual acts or allows the victim to perform them on him.

If a woman has been rape, she finds herself in a terribly exceptional situation. Many of those affected initially seem controlled and uninvolved, but this does not diminish the cruelty of the incident. Out of shame, fear, helplessness or disgust at the crime, many rape victims do not go to the police, the gynecologist or an emergency room.

Medical care after a rape is particularly important - even if it takes a lot of effort.


If you are acutely affected by rape, you should

  • Get medical attention for any physical injuries as soon as possible: Medical care after rape (with or without diagnosis)
  • try not to be alone with your hurt feelings and fears. Perhaps you have a loved one in your circle of friends whom you trust and want to be close to you.
  • • Advisory services such as B. use the women's emergency number 08000116016. The women’s emergency services understand your situation and can help you sort your thoughts and feelings and advise you on how to proceed.
You can report the crime to any police station or call a police patrol car on 110!

The police also provide information about the possibilities of medical care and can give you the appropriate contact points. The police will record the personal details and information about the place and time of the crime and the perpetrator, as well as the first necessary information about the crime. By filing a complaint, the police initiate an investigation. A treating doctor must then provide the police with information, and confidentiality no longer applies.