Services are provided to all victims regardless of age or gender

  • 24 hour crisis intervention at hospitals and police stations
  • Information about medical exams and evidence collection
  • Court preparation and information for adult or child victims
  • Transportation to court and information about legal procedures
  • Individual counseling by professional staff
  • Support groups for rape, incest, children, adolescents, non-offending parents, and significant others
  • Specialized services for teens and children including play and art therapy

What is Sexual Assault

Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.

Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.

In most jurisdictions, the term sexual assault has replaced the term rape in the state statutes. This was done to be more gender-neutral and to cover more specific types of sexual victimization and various levels of coercion.

Signs of sexual abuse in children:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares/Night Terrors
  • Sleep pattern change
  • Regression
  • Wetting/Soiling bed
  • Fear – Anxiety
  • Hypervigilance
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors
  •  Attachment problems
  • Anger
  • Depression/Irritability
  • Frequent Crying
  • Mood swings
  •  Physical Complaints
  • Low self esteem
  •  Guilt/Shame
  • Eating disorders
  •  Substance abuse
  • Self mutilation
  • Acting out behavior
  •  Sexualized behaviors

How to reach us:

  • Domestic Violence Hotline:
    630-897-0080
  • Sexual Assault Hotline:
    630-897-8383
  • Admin:
    630-897-0084

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Links

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Rape Victim Advocates

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