Services for sexual assault survivors in Maryland are available during the COVID-19 crisis. Local rape crisis centers, SALI, and MCASA are available to provide direct services. Learn more

Call your local Rape Crisis & Recovery Center

Maryland Rape Crisis & Recovery Centers have trained hotline staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions or to just listen. Your call is FREE and always confidential. Hotline staff can offer options and help identify what services are best for you.

Find A Rape Crisis Center

Get Medical Attention

Getting medical attention after an assault is very important, even if you do not have visible injuries. Maryland offers Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFEs) at designated hospitals in each jurisdiction. A FREE exam, that includes evidence collection, medical care, and HIV exposure consultation, can be completed even if you choose not to involve the police. Please click here to view the list of Maryland’s SAFE programs.

Get a FREE exam

A sexual assault is never your fault

Help is always available to you. A sexual assault can happen to anyone, at any time. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what you look like, what you wear, where you hang out, or who you hang out with.

What to Do if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Seek out a friend or other support person

You may feel confused and not sure what to do. Call someone you trust who will offer you emotional support and help you understand your options.

Consider reporting the assault to police

Your advocate or another support person can go with you to file a report in the county or city where you were assaulted. Remember, whether you report is your decision, although for investigative purposes, the sooner you report the sexual assault the better. Telling the police about your assault is difficult, and they will ask you some uncomfortable questions. However, it is important that you answer them fully and honestly. Don’t be afraid to ask for the time and support that you need.

Download and print a copy of the safety plan

The safety plan helps you to know what to do in an emergency, how to protect yourself at home and while you’re out or at work, as well as how to protect your children. In addition, it covers using the law to help you and how to preserve your privacy at home and online. 
Click here to download a PDF version of our safety planning guide. An advocate at your local Rape Crisis and Recovery Center can also assist you in making a plan to stay safe. Know your options. For information about abortion services and/or to locate a service provider, you can visit websites such as NARAL Pro-Choice MarylandPlanned Parenthood of Maryland, and the DC Abortion Fund (if you reside in Howard, Montgomery, or Prince George’s counties).