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.
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.
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.