All services provided to sexual assault and child sexual abuse survivors and their families are free, confidential, and victim-centered.
Trained legal advocates can assist clients with completing the paperwork necessary to obtain Orders of Protection and assist survivors as they navigate the legal system. Advocates are also available to assist clients in obtaining other social services, public aid, child care, housing, education, job services, and transportation.
Trained advocates provide support and assistance at the hospital when a victim arrives in the Emergency Department.
Individual and group counseling are available. Counselors can help survivors of any age process emotions and reactions relating to sexual abuse or assault, help to develop healthy coping strategies, provide education about trauma and its effects, and provide support in the healing process. All counselors are Master’s-level clinicians or higher.
Who can seek counseling?
- Survivors– Counselors provide services to any survivor of sexual assault or abuse, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, race, etc. Counselors see clients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse at any point in their lives—whether it is ongoing, occurred yesterday, or happened decades ago.
- Significant Others of Survivors – If your partner, other family member, or close friend was sexually assaulted or abused, you may have questions about how to help. Counselors see significant others of survivors to provide education on trauma and how it may affect their loved one and themselves, as well as healthy ways to provide support as their loved one moves along her/his healing journey.
Safe Passage provides an ongoing support group for survivors of sexual assault. Groups are closed to preserve confidentiality and build a sense of trust. New clients interested in joining the group may contact a Sexual Assault Counselor to further discuss group expectations and complete the screening process. Occasionally, special topics groups (art therapy, group for significant others, etc.) are coordinated based on client interest. Contact our hotline for more information. Intake is required before group counseling.
Interested in Group Counseling? Click here to view our current schedule.
***Intake is required before group counseling. Please contact our hotline (815.756.5228) to schedule.***
***Counselors are available to have brief phone consultations prior to meeting with new clients in person in order to give new clients a chance to ask questions and address any concerns before starting counseling. If this is of interest to you, please call our hotline to schedule a consultation today.***
Trained staff members are available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support, information, and referrals. Our hotline is a valuable resource for survivors as well as community members. If you have any questions about our services, the dynamics of abuse or violence, or how to be supportive to someone in your life, please do not hesitate to call us.