Sexual assault 

If you have been sexually assaulted, get immediate help 

If you are in immediate danger, try to find a safe place and call 911. Or get someone to call for you. The 911 call operator will stay on the line with you until a police officer arrives to help you.

If you are seriously injured or in intense pain, get medical help right away. You have the right to get medical treatment even if you don't have enough money or insurance to pay for it. Call 911 if you cannot make it to the hospital on your own.

Contact an advocate 

The Bridge has a Sexual Assault Advocate that can provide information and support for sexual assault survivors, as well as their friends and family members. An advocate can help you to learn more about your options and will support you as you make decisions and take action.

​The Bridge offers a 24-hour hotline (888-721-4340). We respond around-the-clock, and an advocate can meet you at the hospital or police department. That means you don’t have to be alone. These services are free and confidential, so the advocate won’t share information with anyone else.

Talk to a friend or family member

After a sexual assault, most people tell someone what happened, whether it is a friend, family member, or someone else they love or respect. However, some people never tell anyone.

The decision to tell someone is yours and yours alone. For many people, it can be very helpful to talk to a loved one after they have been sexually assaulted. That person may be able to provide comfort and support, and even help you access other forms of assistance.

How will others respond? 

For some survivors, it can be hurtful when their loved one doesn't respond in the way they hoped. Most people don’t understand sexual assault very well, so even if the person loves you very much, they may have an immediate reaction of disbelief, anger, or even blame.

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The Bridge staff are deeply sorry that you have recently been sexually assaulted or have experienced domestic violence. We understand this was a traumatic experience for you.  It may be difficult for you to identify what you are feeling and you may be numb or in shock to what has happened to you.  You may not know who you can tell.

You came to the right place. Call our 24-hour hotline at 888-721-4340.

  You are not alone. The Bridge believes you. We understand that this was not your fault. You can get in touch with someone called an advocate who can help you through this process, and you can even start reporting to authorities if you choose to.

You are in control of the information you share, who you share it with, and what you want to happen with it.​
​Remember, it wasn’t your fault. You have the right to get help, be heard, and to be treated with respect.

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Domestic abuse

Does your partner ever….

  • Insult, demean or embarrass you with put-downs?
  • Control what you do, who you talk to or where you go?
  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
  • Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?
  • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
  • Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
  • Make all of the decisions without your input or consideration of your needs?
  • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?
  • Prevent you from working or attending school?
  • Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?
  • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
  • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
  • Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?
  • Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. In this section, you’ll find more information on the types of abuse, why people abuse and why it’s so difficult to leave. Don’t hesitate to call us at 888-721-4340 if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

We’re here to help.