Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
Sexual violence is a pervasive issue affecting individuals from all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. At Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence, we are committed to supporting all survivors of sexual violence, including those who may face additional barriers to seeking help, such as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and those experiencing poverty and homelessness.
We understand that reporting sexual assault can be difficult, and survivors may choose not to report for fear of not being believed or blamed. Obtaining a sexual assault exam and reporting to law enforcement is the best way to hold perpetrators accountable and stop them from assaulting again. We are here to provide survivors with the support and resources they need, and ultimately, it is up to the survivor how they choose to address their assault.
At Resilience, we know that shame and guilt can make survivors feel as though the blame is on them and not the perpetrator. We encourage you to be as supportive and non-judgmental as possible when someone discloses an assault. Supporting a survivor of sexual violence begins with active listening and empathy. We must walk alongside survivors and hear their voices to know how we can be helpful. We often want to jump into problem-solving, but it’s important to allow the survivor to guide the process.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, we are here to help. Our services include sexual assault exams, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups, and we strive to create a safe and welcoming space for all survivors. It’s important to remember that healing is not a linear process, and everyone’s journey is different. We are here to support survivors every step of the way.
If you need support or resources related to sexual violence, please call Resilience’s Help Line at 1-800-848-5991. We are available 24/7.