Sexual Violence usually involves some kind of power differential, coercion, threat and or outright force.
Sexual Violence with physical contact can include unwanted touching, physical force, threat of death by a weapon, drugging, restraints, rape, torture and murder.
Sexual Violence may involve activities that don’t include physical contact between the victim and the perpetrator which can brutally violent.
Some examples of the range of Sexual Violence without physical contact include verbal or visual sexual harassment, threats, intimidation, peeping, taking nude photos.
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Initial and ongoing support for survivors of sexual violence and their families
24 hour crisis line
Support during SANE exams and police interviews
Darkness 2 Light primary child sexual abuse prevention
Community presentations (i.e. child abuse/neglect; awareness, etc.)
Community events (Kids Night Out, Duffest, etc.
Helping survivors find their voice's and supporting victim's through a difficult time, whether it be at the hospital, police department or in court after an act of sexual violence.
24 hour crisis line
Promise Place advocates are available to take crisis phone calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental health counseling
Promise Place provides Individual and group therapy. Click below to find out more about our groups.
Rape and sexual assault affect more than you might think – they take a severe toll on victims’ mental health and overall wellness. People who experience sexual violence are more than twice as likely as their peers to have some kind of mental disorder according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The connection between trauma and mental health illustrate the importance of seeking trauma focused therapeutic treatment. How strongly the two problems are intertwined is virtually immeasurable and astoundingly profound.
Symptoms of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, dissociation, and many other mental health issues, can be traced back to an incident of history of violence or trauma. Treating victims of trauma and facilitating the recovery process to help transform victims into not just survivors but into thriving individual.
Call us and schedule a presentation for your agency, organization or business on the effects of sexual violence within the community or workplace.
Trauma and support groups
Trauma focused groups, facilitated by therapists are available frequently throughout the year.
The process is easy to join, call us to see if we have a current or upcoming group for your needs.
What to do after an assault
Trauma of any type can have significant mental health consequences. Typically, victims of any type of trauma suffer from symptoms of PTSD, which include stress, anxiety, dissociation, concentration, hyper-arousal, and distortions. Sexual assault can have additional profound effects due to the highly personal violation of the crime. Along with PTSD symptoms, guilt, shame, trust issues, deep pain, depression, self-esteem, and anger are among the most common symptoms victims experience. Specific trauma-focused mental health treatments have proven to be effective in helping people overcome the many common symptoms. All of our contract therapists practice trauma-informed treatment approaches that are specifically tailored to each individual. The mental health interventions are provided in conjunction with advocacy to provide the best possible services.
Darkness to Light
Find a safe location away from the perpetrator. Ask someone you trust for moral support.
Know that what happened was not your fault.
Preserve all evidence of the attack.
Do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, eat or smoke.
If at the location of the attack, do not clean or straighten up or remove anything.
Write any details you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator.
4. Seek medical attention as soon as
possible. Although you may not have
any visible physical injuries, you may be
at risk of acquiring a sexually
transmitted disease, or for women a risk
Ask the health care professional to conduct a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam) or a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam).
If you suspect you have been drugged, request a urine sample be collected.
5. Recognize that healing from an attack
takes time. Give yourself the time you
need and help is always available.
Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations and corporations that serve children and youth.
About the Program
Learn about the Stewards of Children program, how the Instructor-led version can be used, and how it can be accessed.
Bring Stewards of Children to Your Organization
Learn how to implement our program in your organization for training staff and volunteers.
Learn about how the Stewards of Children was evaluated and the impact it had on knowledge and attitudes about child sexual abuse and the features of the curriculum, including interactive workbook and video.