Was I just date raped?

teen date rapeBecause I work with youth who have been victims of abuse, I work with teens who have been raped on a date. I have noticed that the most common reaction for a teen when they have been date raped is stunned shock! They think “what just happened?” and can’t think clearly about what to do next.

A teen victim may withdraw from others and lay low while they are going through emotional turmoil. What if you didn’t want it to happen but were too stunned to speak up to stop it? What if you said no, but it happened anyway. Now what?

Asking for help: Resources

It is okay to ask for help from those who understand what you are going through. The Rape Recovery Center helps teens and adults so it is a great place to get support and they can suggest other places that can help you.

You might need a medical exam to make sure you are okay and don’t have any health concerns. Many teens don’t realize that it is a crime if someone raped you.  You can report it to the police so they can investigate it. You are not to blame so don’t think less of yourself.  You can get through this experience, so make sure to reach out and get help so you don’t have to suffer on your own!

You can call the Children’s Justice Center too as we help all youth ages 17 and under.

Youth Services also offers confidential counseling for free. By talking about what has happened to you, you can start the healing process of what happened. Be patient and understand that it can take time. But realize that you don’t have to do it on your own!

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About slcjc

Hi! I work at the Children's Justice Center and love my job. It is great to make a difference every day. I was a therapist before I came to the Children's Justice Center and worked in hospitals, juvenile detention, and shelter care programs. Teens are my favorite age group because they are fun and tell it like it is. I have 2 amazing kids, a cool dog and 2 lazy cats. I am always up for an adventure and love to see the world. It matters to me that kids are safe, protected and supported to become who they were meant to be in life! Seize the day and make it your own!
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