Sexual Assault Services

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YWCA Rape Crisis Center

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

Sexual Violence is a public health epidemic in the United States and in Ohio, impacting our family members, neighbors and friends. The term “sexual violence” encompasses all abusive and coercive acts of violence in which sex/sexuality is used as a weapon to harm, humiliate, control, exploit, and/or intimidate.  It impacts individuals of all ages and demographic boundaries.  Sexual violence is a traumatic crime that affects survivors physically, mentally, emotionally, behaviorally and spiritually.  It also impacts families, communities, and systems.

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.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, a family member or a friend, free, confidential help is available by calling the YWCA Rape Crisis Center Hotline 24 hours, 7 days a week at (419) 241-7273 or toll free at (866) 557-7273.

What does the YWCA Rape Crisis Center offer?

The YWCA Rape Crisis Center is providing support groups for survivors of sexual assault. Support groups can be incredibly valuable for individuals who have experienced such trauma, as they offer a safe and understanding space to share, heal, and find solidarity among others who have gone through similar experiences. Call the YWCA Rape Crisis Center directly to learn more about the support groups and to inquire about scheduling.

  1. The support groups meet weekly for a duration of 1.5 hours. This consistent schedule allows participants to have regular opportunities to connect and engage with others.
  2. There is no cost associated with attending these support group sessions. This ensures that financial barriers do not prevent survivors from accessing the support they need.
  3. The support groups are open to individuals aged 16 and over. However, for participants under the age of 18, parental or guardian permission is required to attend the sessions.
  4. Survivors can join the support groups through self-referrals or referrals made by the agency. This flexible approach ensures that individuals can access the support they need through different channels.


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