Once a sexual assault has occurred it is important that a victim knows and understands their rights. The information in this section will help guide you through what can be a very confusing and intimidating process.
For a strong legal case, it is best to have a forensic exam at major Lucas County Emergency Rooms (ERs). When a sexual assault presents at an ER, the staff will contact the police, but it is up to YOU whether you make a report. Remember, reporting is different from prosecuting, and the decision to pursue charges can be made at a later time.
Contact the YWCA HOPE Center at 419-241-7273 or 866-557-7273 (toll free) and arrange for an Advocate to meet you at the hospital or accompany you to police interviews, and court proceedings.
** The YWCA HOPE Center Rape Crisis Center is a free and confidential Service**