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Victim Support

Victims and others in their life may need help dealing with feelings experienced after a sexual assault. Sexual assault is a serious crime and is known to have short- and long-term effects on victims and those who love and care for them.

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How does sexual assault affect the victim and their significant others?
 

Call 1-888-772-7227 to contact a rape crisis center in Pennsylvania near you.

Pennsylvania’s rape crisis centers serve all adults and children, provide free and confidential crisis counseling 24 hours a day, services for the victim’s family, friends, partners or spouses, information and referrals to other services in your area and prevention education programs.

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Your local rape crisis center can provide a legal advocate to help you through the process

I’m worried that I may become pregnant
 

If someone tells you they were a victim of sexual assault, remain calm. Believe the victim and give him or her control. Listen and be available for the victim to express a range of feelings and assure her or him of your support. Encourage counseling and be patient: healing can take years with advances and setbacks, but healing can happen.

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Why should a victim of sexual assault visit a hospital?

Financial support may be available to help the victim with cost as a result of the sexual assault