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April is sexual assault month


April is Sexual Assault Month    

Sexual Assault is a crime!

Sexual Assault is any kind of unwanted, non-consensual sexual act.

Sexual Assault is Rape, Sex Trafficking, Child Sexual Assault, Harassment and Stalking on-line or in person.


Phoenix Counseling Center has a Sexual Assault Advocacy program to assist survivors of sexual assault.

The assault could have happened last night or 20 years ago and the survivor would still be eligible for our services.

We are only a phone call away and we respect every survivor’s confidentiality.

All the services of the Sexual Assault Advocate are covered by a Council for Women grant and are offered at no charge to the client.

Everyone Is Affected by Sexual Violence

  • Every 73 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.1
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).4
  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.4
  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.5
  • A majority of child victims are 12-17. Of victims under the age of 18: 34% of victims of sexual assault and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are ages 12-17.

Services Offered by Phoenix Counseling to Survivors are:

  • Hospital Response
  • Advocate/Crisis Companion on call, 24/7/365, will respond when any individual presents  with sexual assault
  • Have change of clothes and hygiene kits available for all ages
  • Offer resources, explain process, and offer emotional support
  • Advocate for victim with law enforcement and hospital
  • Follow Up

Crisis Counseling

  • Short term, meant to help survivor through initial crisis.
  • Offer education and support (what is normal, what is going to happen next, etc)
  • Develop safety plans, assess for suicidality/self-harm
  • Help survivor establish healthy coping skills


  • Follow up with survivor and assist with any immediate needs like additional medical care,     relocation, and workplace issues, etc
  • Follow up with law enforcement / DSS if applicable
  • Get ex parte or protective order against abuser
  • Referral to Legal Aid
  • Attend appointments with Survivor
  • Court accompaniment
  • Connecting Survivor to community resources (CAC, Therapy, Shelter, etc.)


  • Shifting Boundaries, talking about healthy relationships for teens
  • Presenting to community organizations and groups about sexual assault and sexual assault        services







Our first goal is to relieve the immediate pain and trauma resulting from the crisis. The next step is to provide the ongoing support that’s needed for long-term healing or recovery.  


Wherever you are in Gaston, Lincoln or Cleveland counties, we’re ready to help. We have two Crisis & Recovery Centers, three outpatient facilities, a Mobile Crisis Team and a halfway house for women’s substance abuse.


Our Gaston and Cleveland Crisis and Recovery Centers are open 24/7/365 — and our 24-Hour Crisis Line is always available every hour, every day of the year.


At Phoenix, we believe cost should never be a barrier to getting the help you need. Our services are available on a sliding scale, which means you pay what you can afford. We also accept Medicaid and health insurance policy payments.