Sexual Assault Services

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED:

YOU HAVE A CHOICE!

  • First, get to a safe place.
  • Know it is not your fault!
  • Reach out, connect with the Safe Harbor 24/7 crisis line with questions or just to talk: 1.800.499.7640
  • If considering seeking Medical Treatment or reporting to Law Enforcement:
    • Avoid showering/washing, toileting, eating or drinking to preserve evidence
    • Save any clothing or items that may hold evidence like bedding
    • Aurora Memorial Hospital in Sheboygan has highly trained SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam) Nurses to help preserve evidence.  You can have a SANE exam EVEN if you are NOT reporting to Law Enforcement (*exception for minors).

 

IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN ASSAULTED:

BELIEVE THEM!

  • False reporting of sexual assaults is rare, and comparable to false reporting of instances of theft, robbery, and arson.  
  • Let them know, it’s not their fault!
  • Just Listen.
    • This could be the first time they are disclosing, and they need your support.
    • It is "ok" to not have an answer or response, just be present with them.
  • Victims and Survivors of Sexual Assault have choice:
    • Let them decide to report* or to have a SANE exam.
    • Let them decide who to tell and how much they feel comfortable sharing.
    • Help them find resources they feel comfortable accessing – Safe Harbor has resources available for victims and for family and friends of victims.

 

* Wisconsin has mandated reporting laws that require certain people to report crimes committed against minors to Law Enforcement.