One Step at a Time
This will lead you to other tips or places to look for support.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted in a way that could result in any physical evidence, you should feel safe going to a local hospital. It is against the law for a hospital to deny you a rape kit, so advocate for your needs.
Police officers are trained to speak with and listen to survivors of sexual assault. You should feel completely safe speaking with officers if you wish to report. Be prepared to answer their questions as well.
After you have experienced a sexual assault, you will likely feel some traumatic effects. Psychological counseling is completely confidential. If you are studying at a university at the time of your assault, you may qualify for free counseling. Otherwise, a Google search will easily produce suggestions.
College Title IX Offices
Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Each college campus must have a Title IX office. If your assault occurred on a college campus, by a college student, or if you are a college student, you have access to that college's Title IX office. They work confidentially and will be your ally.
High School Counselors
If you are in high school, student counselors are often trained to listen to and speak with sexual assault survivors. Seek out these trusted counselors. If none are available at your school you, you could turn to a trusted teacher or school faculty member.
You are not obligated to take legal action. However, if it is something you are interested in then you should feel comfortable doing so. You do not need to feel guilty for reporting your perpetrator. Ideally, if you choose to report, you will do so as soon after the report as possible.