If you or someone you know has been raped, sexually assaulted, or sexually harassed at work, reporting it to the police quickly is important due to statutes of limitations, or time limits on when you can report a crime.
Even if you’re not comfortable reporting what happened to you immediately after the incident, you can still document it privately by writing down what happened and the dates on which it happened or telling a trusted friend or loved one what occurred. If you later decide to report the crime, you’ll have documentation to substantiate your story.
If you’re not sure whether to report the incident, you can call the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, which is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and talk to someone on their hotline or chat with someone online at www.rainn.org.
Remember that reporting an incident to HR does not meet the statute of limitations for legal claims. Also, it’s important to know that it could take months to years for resolution in a court of law, so it’s essential to have a support system to help you through the process.
If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.