Rape Crisis & Counseling Center

Survivor Services

These services are available to all survivors – women, children, men, and their families – whether you have experienced sexual violence recently, are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse or a parent of a survivor. There is no cost to anyone at anytime:

  • Counseling: Short-term professional counseling for the survivor and family members.
  • Judicial Advocacy: Accompaniment and advocacy in police interviews and court proceedings.
  • Case Management: Information and referral to other community resources and help in filing applications for victims of crime compensation.
  • Community Outreach: Community education about the realities of rape and recovery.
  • 24-Hour Hotline: (330) 782-3936

Our services are available at on-site locations, such as the courthouse and the hospital, as well as our office located at 535 Marmion Ave.

Community Education & Prevention

To request a speaker, contact Lynn Bilal at (330) 782-5664. The Rape Crisis & Counseling Center offers community education and prevention programs to hundreds of children, adolescents, and adults each year. Our goals are to stop sexual violence before it happens, reduce the stigma associated with these crimes, and expand the community’s understanding of these issues.
While all presentations are customized to meet the unique needs of each population, here are a few of our most popular programs:

  • Rape Awareness: What you need to know
  • The Difference Between Sexual Assault, Sexual Coercion, and Consensual Sex
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships
  • Stewards of Children: Adults’ Responsibility in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
  • Special workshops for men’s groups that are dedicated to ending violence against women, such as A Call to Men

Who are the Victims?

Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Among all the victims, about nine out of 10 are female. One out of every 33 American men has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime.

Relationships Between Offender and Victim

  • 82% of all sexual assaults are by people who know the victim.
  • 40% of all sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home.
  • The closer the relationship between the female victim and the offender, the greater the likelihood that the incident will not be reported.
  • When the offender was a current or former husband or boyfriend, about 75% of all victimizations were not reported to police.
  • When the offender was a friend or acquaintance, an average 71% were not reported.
  • When the offender was a stranger, an average 44% were not reported.

Mental Health – Victims of Sexual Assault are:

  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
  • 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Child Advocacy Services

What is Child Abuse?

It is any sexual act or sexual conduct with a child performed by an adult or older child. It includes showing an adult’s genitalia to a child, showing pornographic pictures or videos to a child or using the child as a model for pornography. The child may be traumatized emotionally or physically.
If this crime should happen to you or a loved one, remember these things:

  • Listen and take seriously what the child is telling you.
  • Tell the child, “It’s not your fault.”
  • Call the Rape Program – We Care!
  • Remain calm. Comfort and reassure the child.
  • Call the police.

Advocacy Services

The Family Advocate is a vital member of the multi-disciplinary team that investigates the alleged sexual assault of a child. The Advocate will educate and support the family involved in the criminal justice process. The Advocate can be at the Child Advocacy Center to offer information about the victim’s rights to the non-offending family members of children being evaluated for sexual abuse.

What Happens After a Possible Sexual Abuse is Reported?

The Medical Examination

  • This exam will assess for injury, test for sexually transmitted infections, and appraise the risk of pregnancy for females.
  • A pediatrician or nurse practitioner specially trained to evaluate signs of sexual abuse will perform the examination.
  • A Colposcope may be used to take pictures to assist in possible prosecution.
  • Cultures may be taken to evaluate the risk of infection.
  • Blood and urine samples may be used to assess for pregnancy and infection.
  • Follow-up medical care may be requested.

The Legal Process

  • The local Children Services Board will investigate.
  • Police in the community where the alleged incident occurred may assist in the investigation.
  • A report from the medical exam and the investigation is sent to the prosecutor of the county in which the crime occurred.
  • The prosecutor decides about possible prosecution of the alleged perpetrator.

Know the Facts

Rape is a violent crime in which a person is forced to engage in sexual acts against her or his will. It is not motivated by sexual desire. It is an act of anger, hostility, and the need to have control over another’s physical and emotional safety.

  • 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 12
  • 29% are ages 12 to 17
  • 44% are under age 18
  • 80% are under age 30
  • 12–34 are the highest risk years
  • Girls ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault
  • 7% of girls in grades 5–8 and 12% of girls in grades 9–12 said they had been sexually abused
  • 3% of boys in grades 5–8 and 5% of boys in grades 9–12 said they had been sexually abused
  • 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker
  • 34.2% of attackers were family members
  • 58.7% were acquaintances
  • Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim

*Statistics courtesy of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)


How Can You Help?

If you or someone you care about has been sexually assaulted, reaching out for help can be the first step toward healing. The Rape Crisis & Counseling Center offers free, confidential services to survivors of any age, as well as their friends and families. We help survivors from all backgrounds, and we are knowledgeable about all types of sexual violence. A survivor will be welcomed and treated with respect. Whether the assault took place yesterday or many years ago, The Rape Crisis & Counseling Center is here to help now:

  • Give the 24-hour crisis hotline phone number to a survivor who needs it: (330) 782-3936.
  • Donate clothing, specifically new undergarments, socks, sweatsuits, sweatshirts, and T-shirts.
  • Donate quality tissues to help dry tears.
  • Help promote community awareness about rape. Speakers are available for your church, club or agency. Contact Lynn Bilal, Program Director, at (330) 782-5664.
  • Help support the Program with a tax-deductible contribution.

The Rape Crisis & Counseling Center is a member of The Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Alliance Against Sexual Violence – Northern Region, and is funded by:

Contact The Rape Crisis & Counseling Center

535 Marmion Avenue – Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Our 24-hour Hotline: (330) 782-3936