- 24- hour Crisis Hotline answered by trained staff and volunteers.
- Medical, legal and law accompaniments 24 hours a day.
- Assistance with Crime Victim Compensation
- Transportation to the hospital, court and/or police department or sheriff's department.
- Crisis Intervention
- Support and information for family members and friends of victim.
In addition to the above services, the center also provides assistance on behalf of a child or adult survivors of sexual violence with third parties (i.e. schools, employers, law enforcement agencies, health care professionals, prosecutor's office, and Crime Victim's Compensation). Advocacy is provided by Office of the Attorney General certified trained staff/volunteers.
What is Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by a stranger or non-stranger. It often includes acts involving manipulation, physical force or coercion. Sexual assault is never the victim's fault.
Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat or force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated or unconscious.
What should I expect? Why don't I feel like myself? How will I feel?
There is no "Right Way" to respond to a sexual assault. Responses can differ from day-to day and from person to person.
Common Feelings and reactions include:
- Feelings of guilt, or that somehow you are to blame for the attack.
- Fear and anxiety
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Fatigue and/or difficulty sleeping
- Sense of numbness and or disconnect
- Poor Concentration
- Feelings of hopelessness
It is important to take
care of yourself and get the support that you need. For more information
on the services we provide, contact The Harbor at 361-552-1982.