options for help

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you have several options for getting help:

  • Call the Women's Resource Center 24-Hour Hotline (540) 639-1123 or Toll Free (800) 788-1123, which is always answered by a person. The hotline can provide support, information, options and resources.
  • Request to see or speak to an Emergency Advocate by calling (540) 639-1123 or Toll Free (800) 788-1123 at any time. An advocate can explain all options and help you make the decision that is best for you.
  • If you are interested in receiving Counseling Services, you may receive these confidential services free of charge through the Women's Resource Center by calling (540) 639-1123 or Toll Free (800) 788-1123.
  • Talk to a Legal Advocate by calling (540) 639-1123 or Toll Free (800) 788-1123 to discuss your legal options and the criminal justice process.
  • Request a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) at the Emergency Room in order to collect evidence, receive treatment if there are injuries and get tested for possible sexual transmitted infections and pregnancy. This must be done within 72 hours of the assault; however, you can still talk to a Forensic Nurse Examiner if you are not sure about the timeline. This exam is confidential and does not require you to file a police report. A WRC Emergency Advocate can meet you at the hospital and stay with you through the exam. The PERK exam and all services directly related to the gathering of evidence will be paid for by the Virginia Victims Fund.
  • Have a Medical Exam done at a hospital, student health center or a doctor's office or clinic to receive treatment for any injuries and get tested for possible sexual transmitted infections and pregnancy. A WRC Emergency Advocate can meet you there and stay with you through the exam.
  • File a Police Report with your local law enforcement agency. A WRC Emergency Advocate can meet you at the police station and sit with you while you speak with a police officer or detective.

 

If you are a Virginia Tech or Radford University student, you may also receive free and confidential services on campus that will help you navigate the available resources and processes on campus. As a student on campus, you may be eligible for the campus judicial process in addition to or instead of the criminal justice system.

Virginia Tech Women's Center (540) 231-7806

RU Saves Office (540) 831-5709