Rape Crisis Department
The YWCA Rape Crisis Department helps residents of Silicon Valley to minimize the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault and to promote safety, mobility, and freedom from abuse for all people. We provide a 24-hour, seven days-a-week crisis hotline, immediate crisis counseling and assistance, information and referrals, and accompaniment services to medical, police, and court facilities. Our services are provided at no cost for all survivors of sexual assault or abuse, as well as their loved ones.
How We Can Help
- 24-hour crisis line for survivors, family members, and friends.
- Accompaniment of survivor to hospital and through the reporting and judicial process.
- Child abuse and assault prevention programs for children, teens, and the general community.
- Peer support groups for rape and childhood sexual abuse survivors.
- Free confidential crisis counseling.
Contact the 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline at (408) 287-3000 or (650) 493-7273.
The YW offers services throughout Santa Clara County at three office locations; downtown San Jose, Mountain View and on-campus at Stanford University. The YWCA of Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Department has been in operation since 1973. This past year we answered over 1,000 calls to the hotline, responded to the hospital approximately 250 times and provided in-person counseling to over 200 clients all at no cost to victims impacted by sexual assault. We also educate over 15,000 school-age children annually with age-appropriate sexual assault awareness and prevention programs throughout Silicon Valley.
Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies record an average of 500 to 600 sexual assault cases each year. Many more cases are not reported to police. Typically, victims do not know what resources are available to them to help them in recovery. Additionally, our community has limited awareness concerning the possible protection strategies in avoiding an assault situation. The YWCA of Silicon Valley provides prevention programs as a forum for positive change through community education.
Read more about "The Costs and Consequnces of Sexual Violence and Cost-Effective Solutions, April 2011"
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