If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, it is common to feel shame, depression, anxiety, and fear after the attack. It’s important to remember that things will get better. You can learn how to heal and thrive again.

Support & Care

First and foremost, sexual assault is always a crime and you are not responsible for the actions of another person.


Seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not want to report the assault to the police, it is important to see a doctor. Make sure you are sleeping, eating, and exercising as regularly as possible.


The booklet, For the Strength of Youth, says: “Victims of sexual abuse are not guilty of sin and do not need to repent. If you have been a victim of abuse, know that you are innocent and that God loves you.” Turning to your Heavenly Father through prayer can be a priceless resource as you are adjusting to life after the assault. Priesthood blessings, temple attendance, and scripture study may be helpful.


Remind yourself that every person responds differently to rape or sexual assault. Feelings can include depression, humiliation, fear, confusion, anger, numbness, guilt, or shame. All of these feelings are normal under the circumstances. Be patient with yourself as you take the time you need to recover. Be mindful of your progress and your setbacks.


Recovering from rape or sexual assault is a long, complicated journey. Do not feel guilty if you cannot simply "get over it." If you need a counselor, therapist, support group, or a person to assist your daily routine (like walking to class or the grocery store), ask someone for help. (It may be helpful to talk with a therapist who specializes in working with sexual assault or rape victims. They will listen, dispel misconceptions, and offer appropriate suggestions for healing.) The BYU-Idaho Counseling Center offers free services from trained professionals matriculated for students taking 6 credits. The Family Crisis Center also has therapists and group support sessions for sexual assault victims.


BYU-Idaho Resources

BYU-Idaho Title IX Office
Nick Rammell: Title IX Coordinator
290 Kimball Building
(208) 496-9209

BYU-Idaho Counseling Center
200 Student Health Center
(208) 496-9370

BYU-Idaho Sexual Assault Support Counselor
Emily Brumbaugh
200 Student Health Center
(208) 496-9370

Additional Resources

Rexburg Police Department
25 E. Main St.
Rexburg, ID 83440
(208) 359-3008 or 911

Family Crisis Center
16 E. Main St.
Rexburg, ID 83440
(208) 356-0065
(800) 962-5601

Madison Memorial Hospital
450 E. Main St
Rexburg, ID 83440
(208) 359-6900

Domestic Violence
& Sexual Assault Center
24 hr Crisis Line
(208) 235-2412
Idaho Coalition Against
Sexual & Domestic Violence
(208) 384-0419
RAINN (Rape Abuse &
Incest National Network)
(800) 656-4673

References Used: wsr.byu.edu