If you need immediate help because you are in danger, call 911 now.
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:
Get to a safe place.
- Contact someone who can help you: a friend, the police (911), or the Hearts of Hope crisis line at 233-RAPE (7273)
- Do not shower, bathe, drink or eat, douche, wipe after urination, smoke, or change your clothes. These activities can destroy important physical evidence needed if you prosecute the assailant.
- Get medical attention. You may have injuries that you haven't noticed, yet, or want to explore options for preventing pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
- Write down everything what you remember about the assault, with as much detail as possible. This not only helps with the healing process, but can help with any legal action you may decide to take.
Our advocates are available 24/7 to offer support and explain procedures for recent sexual assault victims who go to Acadiana area hospitals for a sexual assault exam. Our advocates will meet victims at the hospital and remain with them through out the duration of the exam.
What to do if you suspect a child has been sexually assaulted:
- If you suspect the child's parent is the abuser: Call the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services at 1.855.4LA.KIDS (1.855.452.5437) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- If the suspected perpetrator is not the child's parent: Call your local police department.
- Find out about what we do to help child abuse survivors here.
If you or a family member are a sexual abuse survivor and would like our assistance:
- Individual Therapy: We offer free therapy with licensed counselors for sexual abuse survivors and their families. Call 337.269.1557 for more information.
- Group Therapy: To see our current selection of free group therapy offerings, go here.