2024 OC Guide: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resources

Sexual Assault Awareness Month highlights support services available in Orange County. Find help, and begin healing at Mariposa Center.

April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to talk about this important issue and let survivors know about resources that can help. Here in Orange County, there are many dedicated people ready to help you begin the healing process. If you or someone you care about has been affected by sexual assault, please know that help is available.

Taking that first step to reach out for help can feel overwhelming, especially while you’re coping with painful emotions. Mariposa Center in Orange County understands how hard this can be. We’re a safe and confidential place to begin exploring your options and finding the support that feels right for you.

OC Sexual Assault Resources: Where to Start

Sexual assault can be a scary and confusing experience. It’s normal to feel lost, angry, or even numb after something like this happens. Just remember: you don’t have to go through this alone.

In Case of Emergency: If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911 right away.

Crisis Hotlines 

These hotlines offer confidential support and guidance 24 hours a day:

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 1-800-656-HOPE or visit the RAINN website.
  • 24/7 Orange County Crisis Call Center: Dial 311 to get help and find local resources.

Specialized Services in Orange County 

These organizations offer resources and support for sexual assault survivors:

Understanding Your Options

Everyone’s healing journey is different. Here are some ways survivors often find support:

  • Individual Counseling: A therapist will give you a safe, private space to talk about what happened and work through your feelings. They can teach you healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions.
  • Support Groups: Sometimes, it helps to talk to other people who understand what you’re going through. Support groups offer a safe space to share your experiences, reduce isolation, and connect with other survivors.
  • Equine Therapy: Mariposa Center’s equine therapy can help with emotional healing, re-establishing trust, and building confidence, using trained horses as an aid.
  • Advocacy Services: These services provide support if you choose to report the assault. They can explain your legal rights, help you access community resources, and guide you through the legal process if you want to pursue it.

“We consider the specific psychological and emotional effects of sexual assault on each person. By combining evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy with alternative techniques, such as equine therapy, we can help survivors reprocess the trauma, manage difficult emotions, and ultimately reclaim a sense of safety and control in their lives.”

  • Dr. Krista Driver, LMFT, CEO, Mariposa Center

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Find Hope at Mariposa Center

Healing takes time, and there may be setbacks along the way, but reaching out for support is one of the bravest things you can do. You don’t have to go through this alone. At Mariposa Center, we’ll support you every step of the way. 

We understand how difficult it is to take that first step. No matter how long ago the assault happened, it’s never too late to get help. Contact us today to talk to a caring team member, learn more, or set up an appointment. 

With the right support, you can rebuild your life and rediscover a sense of peace.

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