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Rape Crisis

Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Rape?

    Rape is forcing through threat or coercion a person to have sex against their will either vaginally, orally or anally.

    What should I do if I've been raped?

    Within 72 hours? When a victim has been raped it can be a confusing time. The victim can feel an abundance of emotions at one time - fear, anger, shame, embarrassment, numbness. It's important for the victim to consider the option of medical attention - to make sure that s/he is okay physically and to be tested for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. At this time, a victim can decide to have a forensic evidence collection exam or rape kit. The evidence gathered by a professionally trained nurse or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can be used as legal evidence against the perpetrator. A victim can go to the hospital emergency room, local police department or private physician. The rape kit can only be done at the hospital. The only hospital in the area with a SANE program is USA Children's and Women's. While at the hospital, a Rape Crisis Center advocate can be present for support. A few weeks ago? A victim should consider calling the police to file a report. If the victim hasn't received medical attention, s/he should make an appointment with a medical doctor. The victim can contact the Rape Crisis Center (251)473-7273 for services. Six months or more? A victim can consider filing a police report, but the longer the victim waits to file a report after the rape, the more difficult it becomes to gather needed evidence. If the victim hasn't received medical attention, s/he should make an appointment with a medical doctor. The victim can contact the Rape Crisis Center for services.

    Can I have the services if the rape isn't reported to the authorities?

    Yes. The services of the Rape Crisis Center are available to victims of sexual assault and their significant others regardless of whether a report was made to the police. Call 473-7273 in Mobile. For residents in Clarke and Washington counties, please call 1-800-718-7273

    Is it confidential?

    Yes. The only instances where our staff and volunteers break confidentiality is when a person is threatening suicide, homicide or abuse of a child, the elderly or disabled.

    What is the cost?

    All services are free of charge to sexual assault victims and their families.

    Are your therapists licensed?

    Yes, Lifelines counselors are either licensed professional counselors (PhD) (LPC), licensed certified social workers (LCSW), certified credit counselors (CCCC).

    Where can I get more information on Rape?

    Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) www.rainn.org Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR) www.acar.org National Sexual Violence Resource Center www.nsvrc.org National Center for Victims of Crime www.ncvc.org

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