It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Most of rape culture conversations revolve around finding a way to prevent these situations. But what about people who have already experienced them? The victims of sexual violence often feel alone and out of control after experiencing such a disturbing event. There are many outlets that are not widely known to the public. Because rape is considered a taboo topic, it can be hard to get the word out that there are places for survivors to turn.

Here on the University of Georgia campus, there are a few main groups who help victims of rape. Please don’t ever hesitate to ask for help; no one should have to deal with post-traumatic feelings on their own. The professionals in these groups have been licensed to assist students and adults in overcoming issues related to sexual assault.

Resources in Athens, GA

The Cottage: Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocacy Center

  • Mission Statement: The Cottage provides intervention, advocacy,       referrals, and support for survivors and families impacted by child abuse and sexual assault. The Cottage also raises awareness and provides prevention education about these issues.
  • crisis hotline (1.877.363.1912)

University Health Center: RSVP (Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention)

  • RSVP is a resource on the UGA campus for support, healing, and empowerment for those impacted by relationship and sexual violence. We work with students directly and indirectly (also known as secondary survivors) impacted by all forms of sexual violence.
  •  706-542-SAFE (7233)

Project Safe

  • Project Safe is a 501c3 non profit organization working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and advocacy/ systems change work in our community.
  • hotline (706.543.3331)

 

National Resources

RAINN: Rape Abuse Incest National Network

  • hotline (800.656.HOPE (4673))

 

Sources:

http://www.northgeorgiacottage.org/history-and-mission

https://www.uhs.uga.edu/rsvp/

http://www.project-safe.org/about-us/annual-report/

https://rainn.org/about-rainn/mission-statement

 

 

Mara C.

 

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