We Can Help You!
The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) is here for you. You can talk with one of our trained, caring counselors any time, day or night. Just call 717-272-5308. We won't ask you for money, and you don't have to give us your name. Our 24-hour hotline is available to anyone who needs help. If you know someone being victimized by sexual assault, but don't know what you can do, we are here for YOU, too.
There are no hard rules when it comes to dealing with sexual assault, except this. BE SAFE. Your survival is the most important consideration. If you aren't ready to call the police - or us - please, go to your local Emergency Room. Even if you don't think you're injured. You may have internal injuries, or you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. The hospital exam includes the collection of evidence to be used if you choose to press charges, now or later. To preserve the evidence, don't shower, bathe, douche, change clothes or brush your teeth before the exam. Take something with you to wear home in case they keep your clothes as evidence.
Hospitals are required to call the police when sexual assault is reported, but you DO NOT HAVE TO TALK WITH THEM. Hospital staff may ask if you would like an advocate from the local rape crisis center to come to the hospital. If they don't ask you, you may ask them to call an advocate. The advocate can help you through the process by providing information and support. If you would like assistance from SARCC, please call us anytime, day or night, at 717-272-5308.