You are not alone.
Individual short-term counseling is available for survivors of sexual violence, friends, and their families. Please be aware that anyone under 13 years old requires parent or guardian permission.
We are here to walk beside you from the scariest moments of your life to the safest, most resilient version of yourself. We are here to support you in your journey to healing.To begin this journey with CHH, complete our online referral form for services below:
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This includes words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence.”
What is consent?
Consent, by definition, means permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. Consent is more than yes or no. It is a dialogue about desires, needs, and level of comfort with different sexual interactions.
- Consent must be freely given. A person must understand what they are agreeing to, and they can change their mind at any time.
- Consent needs to be clear and enthusiastic. The absence of “no” or silence does not mean “yes.”
- Past consent does not mean current or future consent.
- When drugs and alcohol are involved, clear consent is not possible. A person who is intoxicated or impaired cannot give consent.
If you feel that you may have been sexually assaulted, you are welcome to call us anytime on our 24/7 hotline for immediate support at 800-542-5212.
Our 24/7, free and confidential hotline is always available to you whether you experience sexual assault yourself, you are a loved one of a survivor, or you are a professional who is looking how to support a survivor that recently disclosed to you.
When you call the hotline, you will be connected with an answering service. They will ask if you are safe and will request your name and number. They will then pass your information along to a trained counselor who will return your call within ten minutes. If it is not safe for you to receive a phone call, you can always be directly patched through to the counselor. At this point the counselor will be there to support you, answer your questions, and provide any resources that might be helpful for you in that moment.
24/7 Hotline: 800-542-5212
Yes! Our office is open from 9am to 5pm on Mondays through Fridays. All of our staff, interns, and volunteers are trained to provide immediate support. If you would like to confirm that someone will be available to meet with you, you are welcome to call our office during business hours at 978-452-7721.
Our support group options are often changing based on time of the year and need from the community. Some groups are closed and require registration while some groups are drop-in and require no commitment or sign-up. For the most up to date list of support groups, you can click here or call our office at 978-452-7721.
Yes! We work with survivors of sexual assault who are at various stages of their healing journeys. There is no timeline for getting help and reaching out for support. If you are interested in receiving services at The Center for Hope and Healing, you can complete this referral form or call our office at 978-452-7721 to complete the referral form over the phone.
The best way to support someone who has been sexually assaulted is to believe them and support them. Saying things such as “I believe you”, “I’m here for you” and “It’s not your fault” are examples of what you can say in the moment. You can always give a loved one our contact information as well. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted and would like more tips on how to support them, you are welcome to call our 24/7 free and confidential hotline at 800-542-5212.
RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline Tips:
“I believe you. It took a lot of courage to tell me about this.”
It can be extremely difficult for survivors to come forward and share their story. They may feel ashamed, concerned that they won’t be believed, or worried they’ll be blamed. Leave any “why” questions or investigations to the experts—your job is to support this person. The best thing you can do is to believe them.
“It’s not your fault. You didn’t do anything to deserve this.”
Survivors may blame themselves, especially if they know the perpetrator personally. Remind the survivor, maybe even more than once, that they are not to blame.
“You are not alone. I care about you and I am here to listen or help in any way I can.”
Let the survivor know that you are there for them and willing to listen to their story if they are comfortable sharing it. Assess if there are people in their life they feel comfortable going to, and remind them that there are service providers who will be able to support them as they heal from the experience.
“I’m sorry this happened. This should not have happened to you.”
Acknowledge that the experience has affected their life. Phrases like “This must be really tough for you,” and, “I’m so glad you are sharing this with me,” help to communicate empathy.
It is a priority of ours at The Center for Hope and Healing to provide linguistically appropriate services to as many people as possible. At this time, we currently have counselors who provide services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and French. If you would like or require services in another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate and ensure you are able to receive the services that you want and need in a language that you are most comfortable with.