Sexual Violence

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What is Sexual Violence?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexual violence is any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone’s will. Sexual violence encompasses a range of offenses, including a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g., threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment). All types involve victims who do not consent, or who are unable to consent or refuse to allow the act. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or ability.

Sex offenders use many methods to intimidate the victim. They might use trickery, manipulation, coercion, bribery, blackmail, or threats. Offenders often take advantage of people they perceive as vulnerable or less powerful.

Effects of Sexual Violence

In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have reported being raped in theirlifetime.Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives. Many other people have survived other types of sexual violence, as well. The experience of sexual violence has different meanings for each person, therefore everyone responds differently to being sexually assaulted. There is no “right” way to act after experiencing sexual violence. After the violence, some victims are very emotional and some are numb initially. However, sexual assault advocates have found that many people experience sexual violence as a severe emotional and physical violation. The effects of that violation can be seen in victims directly after or many days to even months later. Trauma can cause feelings of helplessness and powerlessness, as well as physical symptoms such as breathing problems, vomiting, nightmares, and the inability to remember events.

Sexual Violence in Kansas

  • In 2014, one rape was reported to Kansas law enforcement every eight hours and 18 minutes.
  • In 80 percent of law enforcement reported cases of rape in Kansas, victims know the rapist.
  • Sexual violence happens in every community in Kansas.

If You Are a Victim of Sexual Violence

  • Your immediate safety is important. Go to a safe place such as a friend or family member’s home.
  • Get support. Local sexual assault programs can pro­vide free and confidential support and advocacy for you and your friends and family.
  • Get support. Local sexual assault programs can pro-vide free and confidential support and advocacy for you and your friends and family.
  • Protect your health. You may have a range of health concerns as a result of the sexual violence. It is best to seek medical care as soon as possible. This can be done through seeing your regular doctor, going to the emergency room or with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
  • Reporting the violence is your choice. Depending on the type of sexual violence you’ve experienced, you may consider reporting to law enforcement, an employer, a school official, or other person. Many factors may weigh into your decision to report or not to report the violence. There is no right way to handle the effects of sexual violence. If you decide to report the violence to someone, it is important to explore the potential effects of the report on your work, school, career, and all areas of your life. A local sexual assault program advocate will be able to help you understand the process in your area and to support you through it. If you decide not to report to anyone, you are still fully entitled to advocacy services and medical care.

When Someone You Know Is a Victim of Sexual Violence

Listen and Believe
Listen without judgment, believe what the victim tells you, and acknowledge feelings. Confusion, anger, sadness, guilt, numbness, helplessness, hopelessness, and self-blame are all normal reactions to trauma.

Offer Your Support
Let the victim know you are there for support now and in the future.

Make a Referral
Refer to 1-888-END-ABUSE (1-888-363-2287) and the sexual assault program in your area (from "Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs and Crisis Numbers by City" or "Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map" below).

Speak Out
Speak out when you hear someone blaming the victim for the violence. Victim blaming can take many forms, most often referencing the victim’s clothing or behavior. Remind others that the responsibility for the violence lies with the offender and nobody deserves to be sexually violated.

Learn more about How To Support a Victim of Sexual Assault

Advocacy Support Services

Getting in touch with an advocacy program can provide a victim of sexual violence with the support and assistance they need in the healing process. These programs offer services 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Their services include crisis hotlines, safety planning, information and referrals, criminal justice advocacy, civil court advocacy, hospital advocacy, personal advocacy, assistance with transportation, assistance with crime victims’ compensation, assistance with protection orders, and more.

All of these services are free and confidential. Any information shared with an advocacy program is private and cannot be shared with anyone outside the organization, unless:

  • The program is required to disclose the information by law.
  • The victim signs an informed, written, time-limited release allowing them to disclose the information.

 

Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map and List

Programs are listed below the map, alphabetically by city. You do not have to live in the city where the program is located to use their services. If you are in need of advocacy services and do not find your community listed, call the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.


1. Crisis Center of Dodge City

City: Dodge City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Clark, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Meade
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: http://dodgecitycrisiscenter.com/
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-225-6510 or 1-866-270-2270

 

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2. Family Life Center Safe House

City: El Dorado, Kansas 
Counties Served: Butler, Chautauqua and Elk
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: https://www.familylifecentersafehouse.com/
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-870-6967 or 316-321-7104

 

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3. SOS, Inc.

City: Emporia, Kansas 
Counties Served: Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.soskansas.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870

 

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4. Family Crisis Services

City: Garden City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Lane, Scott, Wichita
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-275-5911

 

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5. Family Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Great Bend, Kansas 
Counties Served: Barber, Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Stafford
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.familycrisiscntr.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-792-1885 or 620-792-1885

 

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6. Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc.

City: Hays, Kansas 
Counties Served: Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.help4abuse.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-794-4624 or 785-625-4202

 

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7. Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center

City: Hutchinson, Kansas 
Counties Served: Harper, Kingman, Reno, Rice
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.sadvchutch.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-701-3630 or 620-663-2522

 

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8. Hope Unlimited

City: Iola, Kansas
Counties Served: Allen, Anderson, Neosho, Woodson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.hope-unlimited.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-365-7566

 

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9. Friends of Yates - Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center

City: Kansas City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.friendsofyates.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 913-321-0951

 

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10. SAFEHOME

City: Kansas City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.safehome-ks.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-432-4300 or 913-262-2868

 

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11. MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)

City: Kansas City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami, Wyandotte
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: www.mocsa.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 913-642-0233 or 816-531-0233

 

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12. Mattie Rhodes Center ¡Si Se Puede!

City: Kansas City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Johnson, Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence- therapy, service coordination, legal advocacy, staff speak Spanish
Website: http://www.mattierhodes.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 816-241-3780 (not a crisis line)

 

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13. Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (LGBT services)

City: Kansas City, Kansas 
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami, Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.kcavp.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 816-561-0550

 

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14. The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center

City: Lawrence, Kansas 
Counties Served: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: http://stacarecenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 785-843-8985

 

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15. The Willow Domestic Violence Center

City: Lawrence, Kansas
Counties Served: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.willowdvcenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333

 

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16. Alliance Against Family Violence (TEMPORARY CLOSURE)
Call the Kansas Crisis Hotline at 888-363-2287 

City: Leavenworth, Kansas 
Counties Served: Leavenworth
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.aafv1984.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-644-1441 or 913-682-9131 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 888-363-2287

 

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17. LARC/DVS, Inc.

City: Liberal, Kansas 
Counties Served: Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, Stevens
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.larcdvs.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-417-7273 or 620-624-8818

 

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18. The Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Manhattan, Kansas 
Counties Served: Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.thecrisiscenterinc.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-727-2785 or 785-539-2785

 

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19. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBP Nation) - Tribal Victims Services Program

City: Mayetta, Kansas
Counties Served: Tribal Members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.pbpindiantribe.com/social-services.aspx
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-966-0173 or 785-966-8330

 

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20. Safehope, Inc.

City: Newton, Kansas 
Counties Served: Harvey, Marion, McPherson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.safehope.net
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-487-0510 or 316-283-0350

 

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21. Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Pittsburg, Kansas 
Counties Served: Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Wilson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.safehousecrisiscenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-794-9148 or 620-231-8251

 

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22. Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas

City: Salina, Kansas 
Counties Served: Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, Washington
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.dvack.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-874-1499 or 785-827-5862

 

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23. YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment (YWCA CSE)

City: Topeka, Kansas 
Counties Served: Jackson, Shawnee, Wabaunsee
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.ywcatopeka.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-822-2983 or 785-354-7927

 

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24. Catholic Charities Harbor House

City: Wichita, Kansas 
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: catholicdioceseofwichita.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-899-5522 or 316-263-6000

 

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25. StepStone, Inc. 

City: Wichita, Kansas 
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.stepstoneks.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 316-265-1611

 

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26. Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC)

City: Wichita, Kansas 
Counties Served: Cowley, Sedgwick, Sumner
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: www.wichitasac.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 877-927-2248 or 316-263-3002 o español: 316-263-2044

 

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27. Wichita Family Crisis Center, Inc. 

City: Wichita, Kansas 
Counties Served: Cowley, Sedgwick, Sumner
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: wichitafamilycrisiscenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 316-267-7233

 

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* No accredited services in this area. Call one of the neighboring programs or the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

 

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Updated: 11/30/2017

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