I am 18 years old, and I am a survivor of sexual assault. I saw your ‘Sexual Harassment’ post dating back to the 17th of October 2016, and I would like to address some of my own queries if you will. 7 months ago, I was raped by a stranger who I confided in and believed was a friend. Obviously dealing with rape and any form of sexual assault and/or harassment takes a toll on one’s mental and physical state. It was only recently that I re-emerged into a healthy mindset that I realized what had been done to me is a legal crime and the assailant should be prosecuted. With regards to litigation, I have no knowledge on how to proceed with this. As such, what should I do? How will the process of litigation be conducted? As I am a minor, what is required of me? What will happen once I proceed with filing a report? Will I get in trouble if I report this crime? Please let me know the answers to this question and any extra information that you possess.
Answer: We sympathize with you for the ordeal you went through but applaud you for mustering the courage to come out of the closet to seek justice for the wrong done. We advise that you confide in your parents on what happened to you and convince them to follow you to a police station, preferable a police station in the area where the rape took place, to file a case against the person who subjected to the heinous crime. From here what ever needs to be done the police will advise you on that. Harbour no fears, you will not get into any trouble after reporting the crime.
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