I am a victim of rape/sexual assault. What do I do?

We are so very sorry to learn that you are a victim of sexual assault and are grateful that you’ve reached out to us for guidance.  We have provided a number of resources below that can be of assistance in helping you to determine the best path for you to begin healing.   

You may wish to start by placing a call to the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at (800) 656-4673 (or chat with someone here) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Hotline routes callers to a local RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) affiliate organization based on the first six digits of the caller’s phone number.  Cell phone callers have the option to enter the zip code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider. The volunteers and staff at the hotline have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention. 

Additionally, the organizations listed below may be of significant, additional support and guidance:

  • RAINN is the national hotline for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. Helpline agents have the ability to connect you to a local sexual assault program, safety planning, and self-care. For loved ones, they have supplemental information on how to speak with and help your loved one after they have been assaulted.  You can contact RAINN at (800) 656-4673 or chat with someone here.   
  • Victim Connect is a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and obtain resources.  The Victim Connect Resource center can answer questions related to case management, mental health, housing needs, compensation, legal services, advocacy, and reporting. You can reach Victim Connect at (855) 484-2846 or chat with someone here.   
  • SafeHorizon is a national victim’s assistance organization that provides support and resources for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking, youth homelessness, and other forms of abuse. You can contact SafeHorizon at (800) 621-4673 or by visiting their website.  
  • The Domestic Shelters provides information for local shelters for victims of domestic violence, along with key information and resources. It’s online search function easily navigates users to a list of local domestic violence support services and shelters. 
  • Pandora’s Project is a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones.  The website offers a free peer-support discussion forum and chat groups for sexual assault. Additionally, they can provide national and international information about sexual assault crisis centers.

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