Sexual Assault we are sorry this happened to you; we’re here to help If you have been sexually violated, sexually assaulted or raped, it was not your fault. If you are reading this pamphlet, you are taking a step in the right direction; you are beginning to transition from a victim to a survivor. As you begin your road to recovery, keep in mind that there are many people and resources available to assist you along the way. Victim Assistance Program advocates work closely with Rape Crisis Center advocates to form a team of trained professionals to serve the thousands of sexual assault survivors who live and work in Summit County. Evidence collection should be done regardless of whether you have decided to press charges against the person who violated you. normal reactions to sexual assault & rape If someone rape or sexually assaults you, you may feel in shock. It may be hard to come to terms that this has really happened. It is normal to experience insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, hopelessness and the inability to concentrate. You may also experience anger, denial, confusion, frustration and begin to blame yourself. This was NOT your fault. You will travel at your own rate in the recovery process while it often feels as if the world around you goes back to normal very quickly. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate through these emotions. we would like to stand by your side Victim Assistance Program may be able to provide you with information and resources to help break through these barriers with the hopes of providing you with strength and empowerment to navigate through what may be the worst experience of your life. Our advocates can be with you in the hospital, help you coordinate with the police, accompany you to court, help you apply for a protection order, discuss financial compensation, assist in applying for the VINE offender notification system, connect you with community resources, provide you with an emergency cell phone, help you create a safety plan, help coordinate temporary emergency shelter and provide crisis intervention and trauma therapy. Victim Assistance Program helps all individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to speak English. Please know you don’t have to go through this alone, we are here to help. All you need to do is call, we never charge a fee for services. something to think about; protection orders Victims of sexual assault have the right to petition (apply) the court for a civil order of protection or an anti-stalking order against an individual who has or is threatening to cause harm to you or your children. Between the hours of 8a-4p, M-F, you may appear before a magistrate to request an emergency protection order. If granted, the respondent will be ordered not to contact or communicate with you in any way until a full hearing. During the full hearing, both you and the respondent must appear to discuss why the order should remain in place for up to five years. As this can be an intimidating process, our advocates can walk you through every step of the way.