Understanding Sexual Assault
The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County provides a 24-hour hotline as well as hospital accompaniment for victims of sexual assault. Such services are the initial response to women and children in crisis. By acting as a support person without judgment, the YWCA advocates provide kind assistance and referral information during a time when individuals need understanding and clarity the most.
The 24-hour hotline provides a safe and secure connection to a trained advocate who can assist with the emotional and resource needs of individuals who are victims of sexual assault. This may include arranging for counseling, referrals for legal assistance, accompaniment to the hospital for an exam, or simply a committed individual who understands and will listen without judgment. Talk to someone now: 410-222-6800.
The YWCA maintains a relationship with Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) and is contacted in the event that a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence would like advocacy, including being present during the Sexual Assault Forensics Exam (SAFE). Highly trained advocates are available through the YWCA to assist victims through the process and provide clothing, referral and other resources necessary to assist in recovery.
Adult and child counseling services are available through the outpatient counseling center at the YWCA. Services focus on feelings surrounding victimization, safety planning, long-term effects, health concerns, potential connection with the perpetrator, building healthy relationships, trusting again and feeling in control. Individual, couples and family counseling is available as well as group support services. Services are provided on a fee-schedule with the first 6 sessions being free. Referral to additional support services are made available as part of the intake process. The intake office can be reached at 410-626-7800.
Individuals who are victims of sexual assault are encouraged to participate in these safe groups that are facilitated by counselors trained specifically in the area of sexual assault. Groups focus on regaining trust, safety planning, health concerns, family relationships, and other issues as raised by the group. The group also provides a safe forum for women and/or children to come together and build relationships with one another as a support system. For more information: 410-222-6800.