Call: 920.733.8119 or 800.722.7797
Being a victim of sexual assault or abuse may seem like the loneliest place in the world, but you are not alone. Call the Sexual Assault Crisis Center at 800.722.7797 or 920.733.8119. A trained volunteer, also known as an advocate, is available 24 hours a day to assist you with questions, medical and/or legal advocacy.
There are people who understand what you’re going through, know what to do next, and are ready and willing to help you. An advocate is there to stand by your side during this difficult time.
All you have to do is contact the Sexual Assault Crisis Center for help.
Please don’t wait… the faster you are able to get help, the closer you are to beginning your journey to healing.
Have you been assaulted?
Follow these simple steps:
- Make sure you are in a safe location
- Do not blame yourself
- Call the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (800.722.7797 or 920.733.8119 for Outagamie and Calumet counties), the police (911) or the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) (1.800.656.HOPE) to be connected to the sexual assault crisis center nearest you
- In order to preserve evidence, AVOID: using the restroom, wiping, washing, showering, etc. Also avoid eating, drinking, smoking, brushing your teeth until you are able to see an expert
- Save your clothing, bedding and any other material that you may have come in contact with during or after the assault
- Go to the nearest hospital (or the hospital the police direct you to) as soon as possible in order to have evidence collected and to ensure your own health needs are met. Forensic exams should be conducted as soon after the assault as possible and it is best if this is done within 72-96 hours
Has your child been assaulted?
- Believe what your child has told you
- Let them know it is not their fault
- Take steps to protect your child and to ensure your child’s safety as well as your own are met
- Comfort your child and console them about what has happened to them. Reassure them that they did the right thing by sharing the experience with you
- Keep anything that may be evidence; bedding, towels, clothing, etc.
- If your child has been assaulted and you are informed within 96 hours, attempt to have them avoid behaviors such as bathing, brushing teeth, eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, etc. in order to preserve evidence
- Call the police (911) if the sexual assault happened outside the family
- Call child protective services in your county (Outagamie County: 920.832.5161, Calumet County: 920.849.1400) to report the sexual assault if it happened within the family
Information for friends and family of survivors of sexual assault or abuse
- Listen to the survivor’s thoughts and feelings without interjecting your thoughts and feelings into the conversation
- Believe the survivor and help to support them through the process
- Avoiding the topic or asking the survivor to “move on”, “get over it”, or an attempt to cheer them up may make the survivor feel worse about the assault
- Learn about sexual assault and the emotions surrounding such a traumatic event
- Empower the survivor by pointing out their strengths, take note of how far they have come and assist them with safety planning
- Encourage the survivor to seek out professional help. Participating in therapy will offer the opportunity for the survivor to move towards healing more quickly
- If you have questions or need help please do not hesitate to call the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (1.800.722.7797 or 920.733.8119). We are here to help friends and family through the process as well as offer help and services to the survivor