If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence
please call our 24 hour crisis line at (828)255-7576.
In case of an immediate emergency, dial 9-1-1.
If you have been sexually assaulted…
First, get to a safe place. Then contact someone you trust and who can help you, such as the police, a friend, or your local sexual assault agency. Our VOICE advocates are available to speak with you, go over various options, and/or meet you at a hospital emergency department or police station, 24 hours a day.
If you plan on seeking medical help do not shower, bathe, douche, drink or eat, smoke, or change clothes. By following these recommendations, hospital staff will be better able to collect evidence. Evidence collected can be used to press charges or can be collected and kept for future use.
Consider the following:
Seek Medical Help.
Our VOICE strongly recommends that every victim of sexual assault receive immediate medical attention. A specific sexual assault examination addresses your medical needs, as well as the collection of forensic evidence that may be useful should you decide to report the crime and press charges. You are under no obligation to prosecute even if you have the evidence collection kit done. Medical evidence can be collected up to 72 hours after an assault.
Call the Police.
Sexual assault is a crime. However, it is your decision whether or not to file a police report. If you decide to report the assault, the report should be filed with the law enforcement agency in the city/county where the assault occurred. An advocate can meet you at the police station to provide support.
Call Our VOICE.
Our VOICE, Inc. is the sexual assault center for Buncombe County, NC. The office is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 3:00pm on Fridays. Advocates are available to help you 24 hours a day at (828) 255-7576.
Counseling and Client Services.
Our VOICE offers individual and group counseling as well as other client services for people who have experienced the trauma of sexual violence, including those persons secondarily affected, such as family and friends. All client services are completely confidential and available to men and women age 13 and older. If the person affected is under 13, please contact Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) at (828) 254-2000.
At Our VOICE, we believe that counseling can provide the support and tools for a person to heal from an experience of sexual violence. We believe that anyone should be able to access counseling services. There is a one-time $20 administrative fee for counseling, however that fee can be waived or paid in installments.
Additional client services can include medical, legal or law enforcement accompaniment and advocacy.
For more information about counseling and client services, please contact the agency during office hours at (828) 252-0562.