WE'RE ON A MISSION
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.
PCAR has contracts with 50 rape crisis centers to provide sexual assault services in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania.
Several of these centers provide services to more than one county so that victims residing in every county have access to services. Most centers provide services to a variety of victims.
Dual centers serve victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, while comprehensive centers serve victims of other violent crimes, such as homicide, robbery, and DUI. Funding from PCAR is restricted to sexual assault services.
All centers provide, at a minimum, basic services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, rape and incest including:
* Free and confidential crisis counseling 24 hours a day
* Prevention education programs to schools, civic organizations and other public groups
* Services for the victim’s family, friends, partners or spouses
* Information and referrals to other services in your area
Advocates from some rape crisis centers are available to accompany victims of sexual violence, rape or incest to the hospital or to other medical facilities, to the police station, and to court.
For a survivor of sexual assault, the medical or legal system can be frightening, frustrating, and confusing. Dealing with forensic exams, insurance paperwork, law enforcement, district attorneys, and judicial officials can be intimidating. A victim can feel anxious, uncertain, and doubtful. Meetings with prosecutors can be extremely stressful, and court appearances can be overwhelming. The required time and effort it takes for a case to go through the legal system can make a survivor reluctant to report what has happened.
Rape Crisis Center Advocates provide objective, knowledgeable, and supportive intervention on behalf of the survivor, making sure that she/he has the necessary information about each system to make critical decisions. The advocate provides individual advocacy to the survivor to ensure that her/his rights are upheld.