What if I was sexually assaulted in the past?


You have the right to seek help from your school’s counseling center and from local community programs, even if the assault was not recent. Visit our Resources page to find organizations and agencies in your community.




Does my school have to help me in any way if the assault is not recent?


That depends on the situation. If you have received a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other health conditions, your school may have legal obligations to accommodate that condition. Accommodations could include testing accommodations, like more time to take tests or special places in which to take tests, and counseling.




When is it too late to report the sexual assault?


It is never too late to report the assault to the police. However, the more time that has passed, the more difficult it may be for the police to investigate and gather evidence about the assault. The amount of time that has passed also affects whether the state can bring criminal charges against the person who assaulted you. Depending on when the assault occurred, you may also still be able to file a complaint with your school.





Getting Help for a Past Assault