Where can I go for help?
If you still have injuries as a result of a sexual assault or if you were sexually assaulted in the last 96 hours, we urge you to go to a hospital emergency room where a forensic medical exam will be conducted without law enforcement officers being contacted, if you wish. The forensic medical exam would detect any injuries and could result in the collection of evidence that would be stored under an anonymous file.
Local hospital emergency rooms offer medical assistance to include treatments to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy.
Emotional Healing and Assistance
There are resources available to sexual assault victims and survivors in our community related to mental health. Sometimes a victim just needs someone safe to talk to, and the Advocate or Counselor can offer them that and more. The following resources allow for anonymous help and could answer questions about the criminal justice process should the victim want to consider that in the future. The advocates have vast experience and training in helping victims heal, cope, and effectively manage life after a sexual assault.
Online Anonymous Counseling Services:
- CAASA has anonymous online reporting services and counseling services.
Other Hotlines and Resources:
Available 24 Hours a Day,365 Days a Year
Spirit Lake: 712-336-1255
National Victim Center’s Info Link 800-FYI-CALL
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault 800-942-0333
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-333-SAFE (7233)