If you or someone you know has experienced sexual trauma, there are many resources available to support you.
BYS counselors support youth on all sides of the issue. You can get help with:
- Guilt and Shame
- Trauma responses and symptoms
- Processing complex cognitive and emotional experiences
BYS offers a Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group. This group was established in order to provide a safe place for survivors of sexual assault to share their own experiences, learn from others who have had similar experiences, and support one another.
Kitsap Sexual Assault Center: A Kitsap nonprofit that provides a 24 hour hotline, medical, law enforcement and legal advocacy as well as therapy for those who experience sexual trauma.
- 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline:
- 24-Hour Crime Victim Hotline:
Sexual Assault Care: Harrison Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses offer dignified care to promote healing and help patients through the evidence-gathering exam as smoothly as possible.
If you’re not sure if your situation is an emergency or not, call:
Students Against Sexual Assault (S.A.S.A.) Club: Meets on Tuesday afternoons at BHS.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)– offers a national sexual assault hotline that connects callers with local resources. Website has a range of resources for prevention, intervention and healing.
- Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Crime Victim Assistance Center maintains a comprehensive list of local and regional agencies offering services and will help match your needs with those agencies that can serve you best.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center: A resource for learning how to best support a friend or family member who has experienced sexual trauma.
Love is Respect is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting healthy relationships, offering information on consent, communication, conflict resolution, setting boundaries and much more.
On March 11, 2021, Raising Resilience hosted a parent education session to talk about Sexual Assault Awareness (SAA). BYS Counselor, Helen Burke, was one of the panelists that discussed practical tips on how to normalize the conversation around SAA, define and identify assault and harassment, support survivors, and talk with all youth about consent. You can find a video of the whole program here.
Also from the Raising Resilience program on Sexual Assault Awareness, here is a video showing role-playing between a parent and their teen talking about sexual assault. This could be a good example of how you might start a conversation with your family about what may be a difficult subject.