Try to keep calm and get help. If you are hurt, call an ambulance; state your name and your location on the phone and explain what has happened.
Talk to witnesses of the assault and take their contact details (name, address, mobile phone number); these are needed in the prosecution of the offenders.
We recommend that you write down what happened to you soon after the assault (known as a report from memory). Court proceedings against the offenders usually take place months or even years after the incident, so anything that may aid your memory at a later time is helpful. Only write down the things that you yourself can actually remember. Always bear in mind that the report from memory is a personal document and should only be given to trustworthy persons (lawyers, counselling centres). The following questions may help you write your report:
- Place and date: When and where were you assaulted?
- Sequence of the assault: What happened exactly? How exactly were you assaulted? Were the offenders armed?
- Description of the offenders: Who assaulted you? What did the offenders look like? Did the offenders say anything? Did anything stand out?
- Injuries: What injuries did you sustain?
- Environment: Who else was there? Were there any witnesses? How did bystanders react?
We recommend seeing a doctor soon after the assault and asking them to document your injuries. Request a medical certificate.
Take pictures of your injuries and any material damages.
If the police was not at the scene of the assault, think about whether you want to file a report. If you decide to do so, you can file a report on the assault with the police or the public prosecutor’s office. Ask the police for confirmation that you have filed the report and a file number; the latter allows you to check the status of investigations with the police.
Don’t try to deal with this on your own. Talk to your friends and family about the assault and contact B.U.D.; we will help you take all necessary steps.