Healing & Recovery

If you have experienced sexual violence, it is important to remember that you are not responsible for what happened - it is not your fault. The only person who could have prevented the assault was the perpetrator.

When beginning the healing process, it can be helpful to choose to be with people who will believe what you say and support you. Whether you want to talk about your experiences or not, there are many people and resources that can help in your recovery.

Local Resources

North Coast Rape Crisis Team (NCRCT)

NCRCT offers individual counseling and support groups led by certified sexual assault counselors. NCRCT offers support no matter where you are in your process of healing. NCRCT will accompany you to the hospital or to file a report, they will work to answer any questions you may have, and can also provide you with referrals for local therapists and other community resources that may fit your needs.

  • 24-hour crisis line: (707) 445-2881
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

HSU Counseling & Psychological Services

CAPS offers individual counseling by appointment and additional options if you are in crisis and need immediate help. CAPS also offers peer-support groups centered around issues of sexual assault and rape.

Humboldt Domestic Violence Services (HDVS)

HDVS offers emergency support services, such as emergency shelter. They also can help to develop a safety plan with survivors of domestic (including sexual) violence.

  • 24-hour crisis line: (707) 443-6042 or toll free 1-866-668-6543
  • Location: HDVS can meet with you at a safe location.
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Two Feathers Native American Family Services

Two Feathers’ services include advocacy and accompaniment (to court, hospital, etc.), crisis intervention, healing groups, referrals and counseling. Two Feathers is able to serve the needs of Native American survivors of child abuse or sexual violence, see the eligibility page for more information.

Emma Center

The Emma Center is a nonprofit women's center for survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and other trauma.

Online & National Resources

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN’s services include a 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656- 4673 as well as a confidential and free Online Hotline.

Pandora’s Project

Pandora’s Project offers online support and resources for male and female survivors of sexual violence, and provides an extensive list of reading materials free of charge.

Also Consider . . .

Also consider engaging in activism to end sexual violence. Often strong communities are formed through activism, and you can connect with other survivors of sexual violence. See the Activism to End Sexualized Violence page on the left sidebar to find out about upcoming local events.