Sexual Assault Counseling & Advocacy


Sexual Assault

1 out of every 6 American women and 1 in 33 American men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.1  Sexual assault violates a person’s trust and feeling of safety. It is a crime motivated by power and control and can have long-lasting effects on the survivor.

One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult. The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting. Survivors are more likely to experience the following mental health challenges:

  • About 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse
  • About 4 times more likely to experience PTSD as adults
  • About 3 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults 2

Families First believes that everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. Sexual assault is a serious life crisis – a time of overwhelming turmoil and confusion. Our sexual assault services provide options for survivors and their families to work through the healing process.

Advocacy

Our sexual assault survivor advocates provide free and confidential services.

  • Phone and face-to-face advocacy. Advocates can meet with individuals in our office or at a safe community location.
  • Emotional support
  • Assistance with protective orders
  • Court advocacy
  • Guidance through the criminal justice system
  • Safety planning
  • Community resource referrals
  • Support for loved ones
  • Educational and prevention programs

Our advocates provide support to all survivors, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, or disability. Our advocates are specially trained to work with the LGBTQ+ community and male survivors.

Our services can also be provided in Spanish.


Support Groups and Counseling

Families First offers free support groups to individuals affected by sexual assault. Support groups available:

  • Sexual assault
  • Teen survivors of sexual assault and dating violence
  • Non-offending parents of children that have been sexually abused
  • LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual violence
  • Adult survivors of childhood abuse
  • Individual counseling is also available to survivors and their families.
HOW TO GET STARTED

If you have been assaulted and are in need of help, please call 317-634-6341 and ask to speak to a sexual assault advocate or call our 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 833-338-SASS.


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