You're Not Alone
In the event of sexual abuse, you are not to blame. Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven takes the time to listen to your story because be we believe you. We are on your side. Our shelter is a part of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and considered a Rape Crisis Center in the State of Ohio.
We accept people of all ages and genders without judgment. If you are a member of the LGBTQI community and have experienced sexual violence or know someone who has, Safe Haven accepts you without question. We are a recognized Safe Zone and continue to educate the people in Ashland of LGBTQI issues.
Don’t feel like validation and power are out of reach. We want to help you get what you need, be it support or health care. Our services are free and we work at your pace. You’re a survivor. You need time to get stronger and heal.
Do You Know Someone in Trouble?
Opening up about sexual violence and abuse is not an easy thing to do. This takes time. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, it’s important to stay calm and make sure the person knows he or she can trust you. You don’t have to have a solution or advice to give, but these people are seeking comfort in knowing you’ll listen to them.
Recognizing Sexual Abuse
Defining sexual abuse and violence can be confusing. You may have been experiencing this type of abuse for years and haven’t even known it. Your partner may lean towards one type of abuse over others. Be aware of this kind of behavior:
- Unwanted touching or touching you against your will
- Pressing you for sexual relations
- Threatening consequences if you do not engage in sexual contact
- Ignoring you after you say "no"
- Posting nude photos/videos of you without your consent
- Forcing you to relive past sexual experiences
Taking action after sexual abuse can save a life. Aside from the emotional trauma, there are also physical health issues to consider. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault and/or rape we strongly encourage you to step forward, get medical attention immediately, and start your road to recovery.
Being a victim of sexual assault is nothing to be ashamed of.
Get to a safe place and call someone for help.
- Call or come in. Our office can be reached at 419-282-6097 or our 24/7 hotline at 419-289-8085.
- We can meet you somewhere. If you feel as though you cannot come to us, one of our trained employees will come to you, or meet at a neutral, safe place
- We’ll figure out where to go from here. Next steps in this process can be scary. Our biggest priority is your health and safety. We’ll work with you to figure out what’s next.
- Get the support you need. We stand by you and help you lead a healthier life as you get the care you need.