If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault, call our 24/7 crisis hotline at (631) 360-3606.
Sexual assault refers to any unwanted intimate or sexual contact. Often, people associate sexual assault with rape, however rape is only one of the several forms of sexual assault. Other forms of sexual assault include: unwanted touching/fondling, attempted rape, forcing a victim to perform certain sexual acts or favors.
Like all abuse, sexual assault can happen to anyone and can be perpetrated by anyone. Approximately 1 in 6 women have reported being victim to an attempted or completed rape and 1 in 33 men report similarly. In child assault cases, 1 in 4 girls are victims prior to their 18th Birthday, and 1 in 6 boys. The majority of sexual assaults (7 out of 10) are carried out by individuals whom the victim knows. Sexual assault is happening around us and often goes unreported out of fear, shame or embarrassment. The perpetrator relies on the victim’s silence. We are here to listen.
Our Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program (SAFE) features centers that offer specialized examinations and medical services to victims within 96 hours of sexual assault and may result in invaluable evidence collection for use in a victim’s pursuit of justice if they decide to move forward with a criminal case. VIBS provides Crisis Counselors who accompany victims to a SAFE Center and stay by their side during this process. Our medical professionals receive intensive trauma-informed training to provide victims with the best service possible.
Following a SAFE Center visit, a SAFE Advocate will outreach the client to offer additional information and provide the victim with available services:
- Assistance with victim compensation applications
- Court, law enforcement or prosecution interview accompaniment
If you have questions about any of the program/services at VIBS, call (631) 360-3730.