Sexual Assault Program
Our Sexual Assault Program provides 24-hour legal, medical, and emotional support to victims of sexual assault and their families. We also offer advocacy, support groups, counseling, community outreach, and education opportunities.
If you are a victim of such an assault, it is
important that you are cared for immediately. It is important to also:
for immediate assistance
it's never too late to seek support
Our Sexual Assault Program strives to reduce the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families by providing:
keeping children safer
Sexual assault of a child is never an accident. We believe that all children have the right to be protected, safe, heard, and above all, believed. Children who are not able to talk about an assault and/or are not believed are at an increased risk for lifelong physical, emotional, and social problems.
If your child or any child you know has been sexually assaulted, which is a serious crime, assure him or her that telling you was the right thing to do, that you are sorry it happened, and that it wasn't his or her fault. Then, get support immediately. Contact our 24 hour sexual assault hotline at 800-695-0167 or 360-695-0501 and/or call 911.
We also offer a free bystander intervention skill-building workshop where attendees will learn to identify warning signs of potential perpetrators, as well as safe, effective ways to intervene and address suspicious behaviors. Learn more by contacting Traci at 360-906-9151 or email@example.com. You can also download a Where We Live flyer or download a Where We Live information sheet.
keeping teenagers safer
Sexual assault is hard to talk about. It thrives in an environment of silence and may cause fear, shame and guilt for the victim/survivor. Those affected by sexual assault are often silenced by these feelings every day. Abusers depend on this silence to keep offending. It's time to support victim/survivors so they can find their voice.
Increasing awareness of sexual assault is a public health and safety issue. The internet provides many great resources for teenagers to increase awareness on this topic. This PDF lists just a few of our favorites. Additionally, protecting your teenager involves:
If you would like any support on how to talk with your teen about some of these topics, please call. If your teen or any teenager you know has been sexually assaulted—which is a serious crime—assure him or her that telling you was the right thing to do, that you are sorry it happened, and that it wasn't his or her fault. Then, get support immediately. Contact our 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline at 360-695-0501 and/or call 911.
how can I offer support to a victim of assault?
Because sexual assault is a very traumatic experience, the healing process varies for each survivor. To help, you can: