Sexual Trauma encompasses a wide range of victimizations and refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Our team at Safe Passage is dedicated to the personal healing of each sexual assault survivor. The services below are offered at no cost to the survivor or their family:
Sexual Trauma services are available to residents of:
York County | Union County (SC)
An advocate at Safe Passage can assist you and your family with a variety of things following an assault. This may include helping you with paperwork related to the assault, going with you to an appointment, finding referrals in the community to meet your basic needs, or accompanying you to court hearings. Our advocates are available to answer any questions you may have about the investigation process, reproductive health, reporting options, and crime-related expenses.
Our licensed counselors offer personalized and trauma-focused services to both adults and children, as well as their family members whose lives have been affected. Speaking with a counselor can help you better cope with the effects of sexual trauma and get back parts of your life you feel are lost. We understand that choosing to see a counselor can sometimes be a scary decision. Feel free to call our 24-hour crisis line about whether this is a good option for you.
Following a sexual assault, it is important to receive immediate medical attention. Our advocates are available 24/7 to meet you and your loved one at the local hospital. It can be very helpful to have an advocate present, helping you understand the investigation process, medical exam, and follow-up care.
After a sexual assault, your body is in what is called “alarm mode”; its main goal is to protect itself from all potential danger which is why you may react strongly to certain triggers. Triggers are persons, places, things, words, or bodily feelings that remind
you of the assault. Some of your own triggers may include: nighttime, physical touch, crowded places, people looking like the attacker, loud noises, being home alone…etc
It was not your fault
So many survivors blame themselves for what happened. But remember that only one person made the choice to hurt you: the perpetrator. You are NOT to blame for someone else’s choice.
There is no “right” way to heal
We all heal differently. We understand that sexual violence isn’t something you can just “get over”. Attempting to “get over” the trauma is a lot to expect of yourself. It is a process.
There is hope
When you’re feeling low and experiencing tremendous pain, it’s hard to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel; it’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever be the same. Although this experience will change you, there is hope for a new normal. If you are willing to walk that tunnel, we recommend surrounding yourself with those who love you and can be patient with your healing process.
Get medical attention immediately
You may go to the nearest emergency room or call Safe Passage for help on what to do. If you live in York County, most victims respond to Piedmont Medical Center Emergency Room Department.
A sexual assault is a crime
You are entitled to a forensic medical exam. This exam collects evidence that may have been left on your body. Forensic evidence can still be collected 5 days after the assault.
You have a right to remain anonymous after the crime
Some victims are hesitant to report to the police; in this case, you may still have a forensic medical exam and remain anonymous. You have a year to decide whether to make a report. There are positives and negatives to this decision; a Victim Advocate can help you weigh the pros and cons.
If the assault occurred more than 5 days ago
We still encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor.
Safe Passage, Inc. is the local safe haven for survivors of domestic violence, sexual trauma, and child abuse. It is our mission at Safe Passage, Inc. to provide free, quality services to male and female survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse who reside in York County. We are committed to educating others about these issues and partnering with local organizations in efforts to end violence in our community. We are available to provide free presentations on these three areas of focus.
Prevention is a systematic process that promotes healthy environments and behaviors and reduces the likelihood or frequency of violence against individuals. Primary prevention is taking action before violence against a victim may occur.
The presentations would consist of weekly sessions covering and discussing different topics related to domestic violence, sexual trauma, child abuse, and bullying. The subject matter of the presentations comes from research based curriculum that focuses on violence prevention in the community. The curriculum can be tailored to fit groups of almost any age or gender.
Domestic violence, sexual trauma, and child abuse have no prejudice against age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status. Therefore, prevention education is beneficial to each and every person in our community.
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