Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc.

Sexual Assault Services


Sexual Assault Services

Our Sexual Assault Victim’s advocate offers support and guidance to victims of sexual assault. We also offer education on sexual assault, harassment and stalking.

Services Offered By FSAHC

A confidential 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline

All services are provided free of charge.
  • 24-hour advocacy and support at the police station or Sheriff’s department, and hospital emergency rooms.
  • Legal Advocacy- Our advocates will assist victims with filing a protective order and support them through the legal system.
  • Support groups for rape survivors, and sexual abuse survivors.
  • Professional training and consultation to police departments, hospitals, schools and others in the community
  • Sexual abuse and sexual assault prevention education for the schools.

In the Event of a Sexual Assault

  • First, get to a safe location.
  • Call 911.
  • Consider calling someone you trust for support. This could be a friend, relative or your local Sexual Assault Crisis Line.
  • If you think you may want evidence collected, Do not eat or drink anything or go to the bathroom, try not to change your clothes, bathe, or use any feminine cleansing products until you have reviewed all of your options.
  • If you have any medical concerns or you are considering evidence collection, you can go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • It is suggested that you bring a change of clothing with you if possible. Any clothes worn at the time of the assault may be collected as evidence.

At the hospital, a trained medical professional can assess for injuries, STDs, and pregnancy. The staff can answer your medical questions and gather evidence if you chose to report the assault. Adults who go to a hospital do not have to report the assault.

A trained sexual assault advocate can accompany you to the hospital and/or police station. The advocate is there to offer you support, answer your questions and help you through the process. An advocate can talk with you about your options, including decisions around reporting. The information you share with a sexual assault advocate is confidential. Services are available regardless of whether or not you decide to report the incident to the police.

Remember...

  • Sexual assault can be a life-threatening situation and whatever you did to survive was the right thing to do.
  • Sexual assault can happen to anyone.
  • Sexual violence is never the victim's fault.
  • No one deserves to be assaulted.
  • There is no one "right" response to sexual violence.
  • Contact a sexual assault advocate to find out what your options are!
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If You Need Help – you don’t have to be alone. Sexual Assault is a crime. Call our 24-hour toll-free crisis hotline: 877-482-4222 or 765-868-3154