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If you are a victim of sexual violence, we will support you in the aftermath of this violent crime. We will assist you in making important decisions regarding your options and well-being. The following free confidential support services are provided for children and adults. We welcome your call:

  • 24 Hour Crisis Intervention
  • Accompaniment during Hospital Examinations
  • Assistance with Medical Follow up
  • Accompaniment during Law Enforcement Interviews
  • Intervention with Family Members
  • Advocacy and Court Support
  • Assistance in Obtaining Emergency Food, Housing and Medical Help
  • Assistance with Securing of Residence
  • Criminal Justice System Information
  • Assistance in Filing Protection Orders
  • Therapy and Support Groups
  • Comprehensive Case Management Services
 

Reactions of Rape Victims

 

People experience a wide range of reactions after sexual violence. There is no predictable pattern of response. Some people respond immediately, others may have delayed reactions. There are those who have trouble recovering from the rape for a long time, while others appear to recover quickly. Sometimes, people will initially experience a feeling of denial and not fully acknowledge the intensity of what has happened to them. Persons who are assaulted by someone they know may downplay the experience and try to go on as if nothing happened. The following are normal reactions to sexual violence:

  • Feeling numb and detached
  • Difficulty remembering parts of the assault
  • Reliving the assault through thoughts, memories and nightmares
  • Avoidance of places, thoughts and feelings that remind the person of the assault
  • Anxiety, nervousness
  • Difficulties with sleeping and eating
  • Sadness
  • Shame and guilt
  • Some individuals blame themselves
 

Contact Us

 
Division Director:
Nicole A. Bishop
Office:
205 N. Dixie, Suite 5.1100, 5th floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone:
(561) 355-2418
24 Hour Crisis Hotline
866-891-7273
TTY: 561-355-1772