Sexual Violence Resource Center
It takes courage to survive, seek help, and heal from violence.
Our Sexual Violence Resource Center provides support and advocacy services to individuals of all ages who have been impacted by sexual abuse and assault. Advocates help survivors and their loved ones define needs, explore options, understand reactions, and strengthen coping skills.
Hospitals in the Purchase Region
If you would like to have a forensic exam to gather any evidence of a sexual assault, please go to your nearest hospital emergency department. To maximize likelihood of gathering evidence, it is best not to shower, brush your teeth, eat/drink, use the bathroom, or change clothes before going to the hospital. If you have already done one or more of these things, you can still have a forensic exam completed. Once you arrive at the hospital, they will contact a Lotus advocate to offer you additional support and resources.
Below is a list of the hospitals in the Lotus area that can provide you with medical attention and perform the SAFE exam:
Lotus aims to ensure every person who has experienced sexual violence is met with a clear path to the services and resources they need to truly heal and reclaim their lives.
For caregivers of children who have experienced sexual violence, we also offer individual, family, and group therapy services. During this time, it is vital for you to take care of yourself, as well as your child.
Our support groups offer education, community, and guidance on your own personal self-care plan.
At Lotus, we provide a holistic approach to healing and wellness which includes therapeutic techniques and restorative practices addressing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of an individual’s experience. In a nurturing environment, our healing services are designed to help survivors build resources, change behaviors, and use the body as a tool for recovery. Expressive arts and play therapies foster learning and self-expression and build on the natural way that people learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Mindfulness and movement can bring new depth to healing and inner resilience, helping to bring survivors back into their bodies, to interact with the world around them, to tell their stories in a language other than spoken words, and to begin trusting others again. Should you decide therapy services are right for you at this time, we offer opportunities for you to gain a new sense of belonging and develop a sense of community that strengthens you as you overcome the challenges of trauma.
Therapeutic and Restorative Services
Some of the evidence-based therapy treatments we offer include:
- Trauma-focused Cognitive Therapy
- EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
We also offer opportunities to engage the mind, body, and spirit through a variety of creative and expressive activities. Some of the practices we use include:
- Play therapy
- Sand tray therapy
- Expressive arts therapies
- Yoga and movement
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Regulation and grounding
- Nature-based interventions
For caregivers of children who have experienced sexual violence, we also offer individual, family, and group therapy services. During this time it is vital for you to take care of yourself, as well as your child.
You can contact us to learn more about the services we offer. All services are available at no cost.
Yes, we have caregiver support groups available. Your role as a supportive caregiver is vital to the health and healing of your child. Lotus advocates will assist you in understanding the nature of trauma and its effects on not only your child, but your entire family. It can be easy to focus solely on the needs of the child and neglect your own needs. Our support groups offer education, community, and guidance on your own personal self-care plan. We offer a safe and supportive environment to caregivers as they work toward healing from what is often one of the most difficult situations a caregiver will ever have to overcome. Contact us to learn more.
What Does Justice Mean to You?
At Lotus, we believe justice is a lived, on-going, and ever evolving process, rather than an ending or a result. We will work with you offering support and resources as you define and conceptualize what justice means to you.
For some, justice may look like consequences within the legal system. Lotus advocates are available to survivors and families, offering education and support throughout the criminal and civil justice processes.
As a victim of a crime, you have legal rights, including protective services, victim assistance, and notification. Learn more about your rights from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Kentucky Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights.
Not necessarily. When a perpetrator is charged with a crime, the Commonwealth of Kentucky prosecutes the perpetrator. The Commonwealth Attorney represents the interests of the state, but also helps keep victims safe by prosecuting the perpetrators. You do not have to hire your own attorney in order to have a perpetrator prosecuted. However, you may always consult with an attorney about criminal or civil legal remedies. You can meet with a Lotus advocate to ask questions and get support.
No, the charges are those of the Commonwealth of Kentucky so only the prosecutor can make that decision. Your input is considered and you should make an appointment to meet with the prosecutor to discuss your thoughts on the case. A Lotus advocate can help you do that.
No, all are free of charge to victims.
No, you only have to appear if you receive a subpoena or are court-ordered to appear. In almost all cases, you are permitted to attend any court hearings that take place.
You can register with Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) at www.vinelink.com. You will receive court date notifications, protective order notifications, and release notifications via a phone call or email. The service is free and the perpetrator never knows you have signed up.
Possibly. Because of the high volume of criminal cases, many cases do not have a trial. Often, the perpetrator pleads guilty rather than face a jury trial. However, if your case does go to trial, Lotus advocates will assist and be with you during that trial process. You will not be alone!
No. Criminal court involves the Commonwealth of Kentucky prosecuting a perpetrator to seek a deprivation of liberty/property by having a perpetrator serve jail/prison time and/or a fine. Family court is a type of civil court. This is where people go before a judge to ask for a resolution of some dispute. Sometimes the same allegations of abuse can result in going before a family court and a criminal court. It is important to understand they are different and you can ask Lotus advocates for additional help.