- National Sexual Assault Hotline Call 1-800-656-4673
- GA crisis hotline 1-800-715-4225
- Georgia Cares CSEC 24 Hour Hotline – 1-844-8GA-DMST
- Crisis text line 741-741 text ‘GA’
- Suicide prevention 1-800-273-TALK
- Vet crisis line 1-800-273-8255
- GA coalition against domestic violence 1-800-334-2836
- Skyland Trail skylandtrail.org
- MARR (addiction recovery) www.marrinc.org
- Hillside (for children and adolescents) www.hside.org
- Atlanta Mission (for homelessness) www.atlantamission.org
- Veritas (eating disorders) veritascollaborative.org
We would be glad to assist you by providing a referral. Please contact Caring Well team member Liz Norris, LPC, for a vetted list of therapy providers: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 470-588-5552.
- HOPE (offers reduced rate counseling)
- Formation Counseling (Christian counseling)
- Fountain Gate
- Atlanta Counseling Center
- Life Empowerment Services
- Foundation Counseling
- Grow Counseling
- Institute for Sexual Wholeness
- Richmont Trauma Center
- Georgia Child Advocacy Centers
Understanding Sexual Trauma
Sexual assault can take many different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault.
What is sexual assault?
The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:
- Attempted rape
- Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
- Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
- Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
What is rape?
Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. The term rape is often used as a legal definition to specifically include sexual penetration without consent. For its Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” To see how your state legally defines rape and other forms of sexual assault, visit RAINN’s State Law Database.
What is force?
Force doesn’t always refer to physical pressure. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion, psychological force, or manipulation to coerce a victim into non-consensual sex. Some perpetrators will use threats to force a victim to comply, such as threatening to hurt the victim or their family or other intimidation tactics.
Who are the victims and perpetrators?
In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime The majority of perpetrators are someone known to the victim. Approximately eight out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
THE CARING WELL VISION
This team allows parents, survivors of abuse, and all individuals in our church to know Cornerstone takes this issue seriously and is seeking to care for and protect the congregation.
Having a team who is focused on this issue puts perpetrators on notice that we take this issue seriously. This may act as a deterrent because perpetrators will go where they have the easiest access to victims.
This team will be able to focus their energies on this important issue and help our church’s initial commitment become more than just good intentions. They will serve as a conduit to move from ideas to implementation.