Services for sexual assault survivors in Maryland are available during the COVID-19 crisis. Local rape crisis centers, SALI, and MCASA are available to provide direct services. Learn more

If you were sexually assaulted, it was NOT your fault. Help is always available to you.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how old you are, what you look like, what you wear, or what you do.

Offenders can be strangers, but most often they are friends, family members or acquaintances that we thought we could trust.

Sexual assault is any unwanted or forced sexual act and includes:

  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Unwanted touching or groping
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unwanted showing of private parts
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Sexual coercion
  • Sexually obscene communications (in person, by phone, texting, email or social networking)

Every person is unique and may respond differently to being sexually assaulted. However, it is important to know that after a sexual assault you may experience:

  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Fear and social isolation
  • A decrease or increase in appetite
  • Sleeplessness or nightmares
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Relationship problems
  • Flashbacks
  • Physical ailments, headaches, stomach aches and other pain
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you are experiencing any of these reactions, you are not alone. Advocates at your local Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers are available 24 hours a day to provide support. Click here to find your local center.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). If you or someone you know is thinking of hurting themselves, others, and/or attempting suicide call 911 or your local emergency number.