No one deserves to be a victim of domestic or sexual violence. You are not alone and this is not your fault. We are here to help you.
If you or your child has recently experienced any form of sexual abuse, ranging from non-touching behaviors to sexual assault please take the following steps:
- Get to a safe place, call 911 if in immediate danger
- If the abuse has just happened, avoid showering/bathing, changing your clothes, brushing your teeth, eating, drinking, or urinating until speaking with an advocate or the police about a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE).
- Call our 24 Hour Hotline to discuss the options for medical care. For younger children it may not be ideal or necessary to immediately take them to the hospital for a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE). An advocate can talk through your specific situation to make the best plan for the victim.
- Discuss your legal and safety options- including housing- with an advocate
- Any member of the public can report the abuse of a child to the NYS Registry for Abuse & Maltreatment at 1-800-342-3720
If your child has experienced domestic or sexual violence, you may have many concerns including how to talk to your child, how to keep your child safe, how to care for yourself, and what to do next. It can be a confusing time. No family deserves to be the victim of domestic or sexual violence. Reaching out for help can be a first step towards answers and healing. We are here to help you. You can call our 24 Hour Hotline and speak to someone right now. You can also learn more about resources here and our services here.