Welcome to our Sexual Assault Program, a department committed to serving members of San Joaquin County who are either victims of sexual violence or seeking information about sexual assault and prevention.
We offer a wide range of services to community members affected directly by sexual abuse and to those close to them, including crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, accompaniment, and referral services. We also offer a variety of educational and training programs about personal safety and prevention.
We invite you to contact the sexual assault department to learn more about what we offer, and to challenge the Women’s Center to work toward a safe, violence free community.
The Women’s Center is committed to creating a community free from violence. Sexual assault is a growing social problem affecting a significant number of people in our country. Rape is the fastest growing violent crime in America and the least reported. The Center provides services designed to raise awareness of and respond to the impact of sexual abuse. Through a combination of peer counseling, education, program development, and partnerships with other agencies, we strive to speak out against violence. Together, our critical voice must work to change the prevailing beliefs and attitudes about sexual violence.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any of the following:
- Any unwanted sexual act committed or attempted against a person’s will
- Sexual contact forced by dates, spouses, family members, acquaintances, or strangers. Silence does not mean yes
- Any forced oral or anal sex
- Any sexual act committed against a child in which the child is being used for sexual gratification
- A crime of violence, not a crime of sex
Common Survivor Reaction
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you have been traumatized – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The adjustment and recovery process, also known as Rape Trauma Syndrome, is experienced in several stages, and time frames for the stages of recovery and healing vary….each individual is unique.
Remember: The assault was not your fault. The responsibility for the assault lies with the assailant.
How We Can Help
The Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services provides a wide range of supportive, educational, and crisis intervention services. We serve male and female victims of all ages, as well as family, friends, partners, parents, and educators, etc.
- Advocacy: 24 hour Helpline, Crisis Intervention, Legal & Justice System Support, and Hospital Response.
- Rape Prevention Education/Personal Safety Programs: Grades preschool through grade twelve, colleges, Community Organizations, Businesses, etc.
- Peer Counseling for Children, Teens & Adults.
- Group counseling
- Information and referral services
- Professional training, community education, and child sexual abuse prevention programs for parents and educators
- Interpreters arranged on an as needed basis
- Bilingual staff
For more information on Sexual Assault support groups, please call (209) 941-2611
Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Assault