RAPE CRISIS SERVICES
You've just beeen sexually assaulted. What happens next? What can you do to protect your health and safety? What happens when you go to the hospital? Wondering if you're pregnant? What about HIV or other STI's? What if you don't have insurance, who will pay? Will the rapist be arrested? What do the police do at the hospital? Find answers to your questions here.
AFTER AN ASSAULT
Answers to your questions
Counseling services are available to individuals of all ages who have experienced sexual violence, as well as their families, friends and allies. Counseling is available immediately after an assault or at any later date. We also facilitate support groups and Art4Empowerment workshops.
We are here to listen
Trained advocates are available to provide support and assistance through medical, reporting and legal procedures. We can provide help at medical facilities, police departments, universities and other institutions. Our advocates can also provide assistance with "no contact" orders, criminal and civil court cases, or other legal processes.
MEDICAL & LEGAL ADVOCACY
Navigating the system
Education and prevention are the key to ending violence. The Women's Center offers public education and prevention programs on many topics related to domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse. Our counselors and speakers will make onsite visits to schools, workplaces, worship centers, and other organizations.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Preventing sexual assault
TO END DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Our mission is to end domestic violence and sexual assault against women, men, adolescents, and children in Southern Illinois and to assist survivors of these crimes and their non-offending significant others.
How do we accomplish this? Our staff, interns, and volunteers use a feminist counseling approach. We believe in providing as much information about options and choices as possible to all of our clients. We support them in making their own decisions about their own lives.
We are pro-choice in all aspects of women's social, educational, financial, family, and legal rights. We perform our services without judgment and bias. Our advocacy is on behalf of the survivor of violence as guided by and centered on the survivor herself or himself.
All services are confidential and free of charge.