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Alexandria Sexual Assault Hotline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We...


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The LGBTQ+ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline focuses on anti-violence in the queer community. This is a space for...


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Arlington's 24-Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone....


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PRS CrisisLink Hotline provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and text message (SMS). We exist...


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National Call Center for Homeless Veterans is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by...


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Avalon Center 24 Hour Crisis Line is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are...


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SARA 24-Hour Crisis Hotline provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here to help adults,...


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Bristol Crisis Centre provides 24/7, free and confidential support over phone. We support everyone in Virginia, United States...


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Hotlines are available in Virginia, United States for the victims of sexual abuse, assault and harassment. It's free and confidential.

Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Virginia, United States – women, men or children – can be a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a form of sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, such as rape or unwanted touching, and sexual harassment, which is unwelcome, intimidating or offensive sexual behavior.

If you are a victim of sexual violence, talking through your experience can help. Reach out to any of 18 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Virginia, United States if you experienced:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Rape by more than one person (gang rape) or rape by the same person over a period of time (serial rape)
  • Being coerced, threatened or forced to perform any sort of sexual activity
  • Repeated unwanted sexual attention or advances, including in your workplace or by your employer
  • Sexual abuse or assault from someone in your family (incest)
  • Being kissed or touched without your consent or being made, by coercion or force, to touch or kiss someone
  • Sexual photos or videos being posted online without your consent
  • Being filmed or photographed nude or in a sexually explicit way without your permission

Effects of sexual violence:

  • Not being able to fall or stay asleep
  • A strong need to withdraw from socializing
  • Feeling unsafe and scared that it would happen again
  • Feeling depressed and hopeless, with suicidal thoughts
  • Avoidance of anything that reminds you of the sexual abuse
  • Changes (either loss or increase) in your appetite
  • Minimizing the abuse as not being as severe as someone else’s
  • Feeling as if everyone could see what happened to you

As a victim of sexual violence you could be feeling furious, desperate, revengeful, hopeless, and empty, all at the same time. This is a perfectly normal response to such a traumatizing event.

Surviving and recovering from sexual violence can be a very lonely process. Especially if you struggle with all the different thoughts and emotions that you’re having a hard time controlling. This is why reaching out to helpline staff in Virginia, United States could help you feel less isolated.

If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in Virginia, United States. It's free and confidential.


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