Survivors and others in their life may need help dealing with feelings experienced after a sexual assault. Sexual assault is a serious crime and is known to have short- and long-term effects on survivors and those who love and care for them.
Call 1-888-772-7227 to contact a rape crisis center in Pennsylvania near you.
Pennsylvania’s rape crisis centers serve all adults and children, provide free and confidential crisis counseling 24 hours a day, services for the survivor’s family, friends, partners or spouses, information and referrals to other services in your area and prevention education programs.
If someone tells you they were a victim of sexual assault, remain calm. Believe them and give them control. Listen and be available for the survivor to express a range of feelings and assure them of your support. Encourage counseling and be patient: healing can take years with advances and setbacks, but healing can happen.
How does sexual assault affect survivors and their significant others?
Financial support may be available to help survivors with the costs resulting from sexual assault
Why should a victim of sexual assault visit a hospital?
I’m worried that I may become pregnant
Your local rape crisis center can provide a legal advocate to help you through the process