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, here are some of your options.
First, get to a safe place.
Contact someone you trust and who can help you.
Our VOICE advocates are available to speak with you on our hotline. Advocates can go over various options and/or meet you at a hospital emergency department or police station, 24 hours a day.
Seek Medical Attention.
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.
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.
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.
Survivors may choose not to report for several reasons, all of which are valid. Regardless of reporting an incident, survivors deserve support and services.
The option of Blind Reporting, an anonymous report to law enforcement, is available to survivors in some counties or cities. To find more information about this option, click here.
Report to Law Enforcement
Counseling and Client Services.
Additional client services can include medical, legal or law enforcement accompaniment and advocacy.