Yes! Of course it is.
Sexual assault and rape are very common, and one can get pregnant, even though many people make false claims, such as, ‘It is difficult to get pregnant when one is raped because the body freezes.’ This statement is untrue! Whenever unprotected sex takes place and sperm enters a vagina, it is possible to conceive.
It is often difficult to know what to do after experiencing sexual assault or rape. While one can access Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) in the form of emergency contraception and Antiretrovirals, many do not access this. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to do first: should I go to the police or access health services?
Having an abortion after rape
When having an abortion following rape, the health provider will take a sample of the contents of your womb for forensic lab testing. They can also assign a detective to work on your case.
When having your abortion, let your provider know if you are feeling anxious or triggered, and they can offer you a tranquiliser to address your trauma and anxiety. Having an abortion is an invasive procedure and could remind you of the assault, so it is important to prepare and be covered with good pain relief.