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 (e.g., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (e.g., 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. In the United States, about 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced contact sexual violence at some point in their lives, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have reported being raped in their lifetime.

Sex offenders often target people they perceive as vulnerable, less powerful, or less credible. In the majority of cases, the perpetrator is someone who is known to the victim.

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Effects of Sexual Violence

The experience of sexual violence can have different meanings for each person. There is no “right” way to act after experiencing sexual violence. After the violence, some victims and survivors are very emotional and some are numb initially. Sexual assault advocates have found that many people experience sexual violence as a severe emotional and physical violation. The effects of that violation may be felt directly after or for many months or years later. The trauma from sexual violence can cause feelings of helplessness and powerlessness, as well as physical symptoms such as breathing problems, vomiting, or nightmares. Research has also found that trauma can affect the way the brain recalls memories and events.

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If You Are a Victim of Sexual Violence

  • Your immediate safety is important. Go to a safe place of someone you trust.
  • Get support. Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Programs can provide free and confidential support and advocacy for you and your friends or 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 by going to the emergency department or seeing your regular doctor. You may also choose to have a sexual assault medical forensic exam at the emergency department. Some hospitals have sexual assault nurse examiners (also known as SANEs) who are specially trained to provide comprehensive care to victims of sexual assault. There are two primary purposes of the sexual assault medical forensic exam: 1) to provide medical care and treatment; and 2) to collect evidence related to the sexual assault.
  • Reporting the sexual violence is your choice. You may consider reporting to law enforcement, an employer, a school official, or someone you trust. If you decide to report the violence to someone, it is important to consider how reporting might affect your work, school, career, or other areas of your life. A Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Program will be able to provide you advocacy, support and resources, and help you understand the process. If you decide not to report to law enforcement, you are still fully entitled to advocacy services and medical care.

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When Someone You Know Is a Victim of Sexual Violence

  • Listen and believe: Listen without judgment, believe what they tell you, and acknowledge feelings. Confusion, anger, sadness, guilt, numbness, helplessness, hopelessness, and self-blame are all normal reactions to sexual violence.

  • Offer support: Let the person know you are there for support now and in the future.
  • Make a referral: Refer them to the Kansas Crisis Hotline, 1-888-END-ABUSE (1-888-363-2287) for confidential support and to find their local Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (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 them 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.

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Sexual violence statistics

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Advocacy Services

Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Programs can provide the support and help victims and survivors often need in the healing process. These programs offer services 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Services include crisis hotlines, crisis intervention, personal advocacy, medical advocacy, court advocacy, law enforcement advocacy, emergency accommodations, safe shelter, supportive counseling, support groups, and child and youth advocacy.

All of these services are free and confidential. Any information shared with a Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Program is kept private and cannot be shared with anyone outside the organization, unless:

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

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Updated 7/10/2018 

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. Brighthouse

City: Hutchinson, Kansas 
Counties Served: Harper, Kingman, Reno, Rice
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.brighthouseks.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. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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24. 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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25. 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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26. 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: 10/08/2018

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