Tips to help victims express their needs in stressful situations

Quick reference cards designed for survivors to print and use at doctor and dentist appointments and at airport screening to make the experience less stressful.

Dentist

I am a survivor of sexual assault

Often times I find my experience difficult to talk about, and having dental work done is very triggering for me so I may need to ground myself. Please schedule a longer appointment for me if you think it will be a problem.

Could you please…
Explain what you are doing before you do it?
Explain what you are doing while you’re doing it?
Have a female in the room?

Doctor (prefer female)

I am a survivor of sexual assault

Often times I find my experience difficult to talk about, and some medical procedures are very triggering. I would be more comfortable with a female in the room.

Could you please…
Explain what you are doing before you do it?
Explain what you are doing while you’re doing it?
Be patient with me?
Schedule a longer appointment in case I need it?

Doctor (prefer male)

I am a survivor of sexual assault

Often times I find my experience difficult to talk about, and some medical procedures are very triggering. I would be more comfortable with a male in the room.

Could you please…
Explain what you are doing before you do it?
Explain what you are doing while you’re doing it?
Be patient with me?
Schedule a longer appointment in case I need it?

Airport Screening

I am a survivor of sexual assault

Often times I find my experience difficult to talk about, and I am triggered by strangers touching me.

Safety is important, and I know you are doing your job but could you please…
Explain what you are doing before you do it?
Explain what you are doing while you’re doing it?
Be patient with me?

Airport Screening (prefer female)

I am a survivor of sexual assault

Often times I find my experience difficult to talk about, and I am triggered by strangers touching me. I would be more comfortable with a female performing the screening.

Safety is important, and I know you are doing your job but could you please…
Explain what you are doing before you do it?
Explain what you are doing while you’re doing it?
Be patient with me?

Airport Screening (prefer male)

I am a survivor of sexual assault

Often times I find my experience difficult to talk about, and I am triggered by strangers touching me. I would be more comfortable with a male performing the screening.

Safety is important, and I know you are doing your job but could you please…
Explain what you are doing before you do it?
Explain what you are doing while you’re doing it?
Be patient with me?

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