Remember: Sexual Assault is NOT your fault. It is always the fault of the offender.
24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year, our Crisis Line is staffed by trained, compassionate, California State Certified Sexual Assault Victim Counselors for confidential counseling, emergency assistance, information and referrals. Crisis intervention is provided to anyone affected by sexual assault – survivors and their family and friends.
If you are in need of immediate attention, call us at (707) 545-7273.
Counselors are standing by and ready to:
- Talk with survivors about their feelings, regardless of when the assault occurred; whether it was moments ago or years before.
- Help survivors determine their safety and medical needs.
- Provide survivors with information about law enforcement and medical issues involved in reporting a sexual assault.
- Assist survivors in exploring options, and to support their decisions.
- Accompany survivors and advocate for them when dealing with courts, medical care, or law enforcement.
- Offer information and referrals.
Although we encourage reporting assaults to law enforcement, the decision is yours. Whatever you decide, we will support you.
If you are interested in becoming one of our trained Sexual Assault Victim Counselors (also referred to as a Crisis Line Counselor or CLC), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech-Disabled (711 or MCI)
Verity provides confidential services to deaf survivors and family members who have been affected by sexual assault. Now, persons with hearing or speech impairments have access to a confidential rape crisis line and can tap into local support services focusing on rape and sexual assault issues.
Verity takes 711 (California Relay Service) calls from deaf, hard of hearing and speech-disabled callers. The California Relay Service (CRS) provides specially-trained operators to relay telephone conversations back and forth between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-disabled and all those they wish to communicate with by telephone.
Medical and Legal Accompaniment and Advocacy
Verity is a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team of Sonoma County (SART), a team which consists of advocates from our agency, medical examiners, and law enforcement and district attorneys. Crisis intervention advocates respond immediately to a victim’s call for help through notification from law enforcement. Their role is to provide care, comfort, and information to survivors and their loved ones immediately following a sexual assault, during the forensic examination, and throughout the legal process. In addition to responding to the hospital, advocates are available to accompany survivors to law enforcement agencies for interviews and to file police reports, and to provide support during court proceedings. To request advocacy services, please call (707) 545-7270 x 16 or x24 during office hours or the Crisis Line at (707) 545-7273 at anytime.
Verity Maintains Your Confidentiality
Verity’s 24/7-sexual assault crisis line is confidential. We know it’s hard to break the silence and we’d like you to know that we’re here to listen to you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Our Crisis Line Counselors are mandated reporters for abuse or assault perpetrated against minors, senior citizens, dependent adults, and legitimate threats/plans of self-harm or harm to others, but all other calls are 100% confidential. If you are a minor or senior citizen or are making a report about a victim in those categories, please know that any information provided will be reported under Mandated Reporting laws.