You have a right to be safe, and feel supported and loved. Does your safety feel threatened emotionally, physically, or sexually? Support is available!
|Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence:
STAND! for Families
Free of Violence
888.215.5555 (Español available)
Community Violence Solutions
(accessible from 925, 510, 415,
408, 707 and 650 area codes)
|Suicide and Crisis Intervention:
Contra Costa Crisis Center
800.273.8255 (en Español)
Looking to make a free call for help and other resources?
Dial 211 from any pay phone (and most other phones) in Contra Costa County to reach the Contra Costa Crisis Center
What is Sexual Assault?
womenshealth.com defines sexual assault as verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations: in the home by someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated place.
Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations — on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone. Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs. They can be slipped into a drink when a victim is not looking. Never leave your drink unattended — no matter where you are. Attackers use date rape drugs to make a person unable to resist assault. These drugs can also cause memory loss so the victim doesn’t know what happened.
Rape and sexual assault are never the victim’s fault — no matter where or how it happens.
Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:
◊ Inappropriate touching
◊ Vaginal, anal, or oral penetration
◊ Sexual intercourse that you say no to
◊ Attempted rape
◊ Child molestation
Help is Available!
Community Violence Solutions offers various services, including: advocacy and accompaniment to legal, medical, and social service appointments; safety planning and harm reduction strategizing to help you regain control in your life; and case management and referrals to legal, medical, housing, and social services resources. Sexual Assault Advocates can speak with you in a caring, nonjudgemental, and supportive setting.
To get help regarding Sexual Assault/Violence:
Community Violence Solutions’ 24-Hour Crisis Line: (800) 670 7273
or visit http://www.cvsolutions.org/
Counseling and Case Management is also available through Rainbow Counseling Services. For more information on available services, please visit http://rainbowcc.org/program/rainbow-counseling-services/ or call RCC’s confidential intake line at 925.692.2056.