Building a Community Free of Sexual Violence
• Go to a safe place
• Do not shower or bathe
• Do not change your clothes or brush your teeth
• Seek medical attention immediately
• Report to law enforcement
• Seek counseling
• Remember, sexual assault is NEVER your fault!
• Remember: Try not to shower, use the bathroom, brush your teeth, or change your clothes. Critical trace evidence may be lost.
• Victims of sexual assault in the State of Georgia may request, at no cost to the victim, a forensic medical examination for sexual assault, regardless of whether the victim participates in the criminal justice system or cooperates with law enforcement in pursuing prosecution of the underlying crime.
• There is no charge for evidence collection. Neither the victim nor their insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, may be billed for a forensic medical examination.
• Medical/ Hospital Advocacy - A RCSAS Volunteer Advocate will meet you in the hospital emergency room to provide support through the medical process, help you obtain needed medical information, and provide referrals as necessary.
• Legal Advocacy - RCSAS Volunteer Advocates can accompany you to court hearings, provide support, and act as an advocate by helping you navigate what can sometimes be a complicated and confusing legal system.
• Counseling and Support Groups - RCSAS staff will provide face-to-face individual and group counseling for anyone impacted by sexual violence. Contact us at 706-724-5200 for more information.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can find help and support at Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. Free and confidential services are available.
24-hour crisis line 706-724-5200
Toll-free 24-hour hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Counselors are always available to provide support, information, education, and referrals.
There are many ways that you can help a friend or family member who has been a victim of rape or sexual violence:
• Listen. Be there. Don't be judgmental. Be trusting.
• Be patient. Remember, it will take your loved one some time to deal with the crime.
• Help to empower your loved one. Rape, child abuse, and sexual violence are crimes that take away an individual's power. It is important not to compound this experience by putting pressure on your loved one to make decisions that they are not yet ready to make.
• If you are dealing with an issue involving a child, create a safe place by talking directly to them and make a report to law enforcement and/or child protective services immediately.
• If you are the non-abusing parent in the case of child molestation it is important to support your child and help them through this situation without blaming them. This is also true if you are not a caregiver.
• Encourage your loved one to report the rape or sexual violence to law enforcement. Call the 24-hour crisis line at 706-724-5200 or 1-800-365-HOPE or 911. If your loved one has questions about the criminal justice process, volunteer advocates from Rape Crisis can help.
•If your loved one is willing to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to accompany him or her wherever s/he needs to go (hospital, police station, campus security, etc.)
• If you care to make a donation in honor of your loved one, click here to demonstrate your commitment to the fight against sexual violence and child abuse!