Resources for Victims
RAINN: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center: The NSVRC’s mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: comprehensive, go-to source of information and resources for anti-violence advocates, human service professionals, educators, faith leaders, and others interested in ending domestic and sexual violence.
National Center for Victims of Crime: A nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues.
National Child Abuse Hotline: Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
Stalking Resource Center: The Stalking Resource Center provides multiple services including: Training, Technical Assistance, a Web site, and an Information Clearinghouse.
Delaware County Women Against Rape
P.O. Box 211
Media, PA 19063
Advice from DCWAR:
- Do not shower, wash or douche. This may remove valuable evidence that can link the offender to the crime.
- Call the police. They will transport you to an area hospital for a rape exam.
- Go to the hospital. Bring a change of clothes, as the police may want to hold your clothes as evidence. At the hospital a doctor, or a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will examine you and collect evidence for possible prosecution of the case. You may be given medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
- If the hospital has not notified DCWAR by the time you arrive, you can request a call. A trained counselor will come immediately to be with you at the hospital, 24 hours a day. If you have not called the police, the hospital may notify them and they may interview at the hospital. The police will take a report, but you do not have to decide about prosecuting at this time.
- Remember to make an appointment for a follow-up medical exam, as directed by the doctor at the hospital.
Even if you did not go to the hospital or report the assault to the police immediately, you may still do so. In addition, you may benefit from counseling services available from DCWAR. It is never too late to call; we have provided services years later.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
1-888-772-7227 | Toll Free Number
2101 North Front Street
Governor’s Plaza North, Building #2
Harrisburg, PA 17110
PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis center programs to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All programs provide, at a minimum, basic services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, rape and incest including:
- Free and confidential crisis counseling 24 hours a day (Some exceptions apply due to mandated reporter requirements)
- Prevention education programs to schools, organizations and other public groups
- Services for the victim’s family, friends, partners or spouses
- Information and referrals to other services in your area
- Advocates from rape crisis centers are available to accompany victims of sexual violence, rape or incest to the hospital or to other medical facilities, to the police station, and to court.
- Rape crisis center advocates understand the many ways sexual assault can impact a person and their family, and are there to provide support and information so that survivors may make informed critical decisions.