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Sexual Assault Services

YWCA Dayton is accredited as the only Rape Crisis Center in Montgomery and Preble counties and operates our region’s longest-running 24-hour, year-round crisis hotline. All services are free and confidential.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing or has experienced sexual violence, our 24/7 crisis hotline is always available:

937-222-SAFE (7233)

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

Trained crisis support staff from YWCA Dayton hold several different community support groups for anyone affected by sexual violence: survivors, family, friends, and/or loved ones. Groups are free and confidential and facilitated by trained, trauma-informed, confidential advocates.

Benefits of open support groups include:

  • Realizing you are not alone
  • Expressing your feelings
  • Learning helpful information
  • Improved social skills
  • Gaining hope
  • Reducing stress
  • Increased self-understanding
  • Helping others
  • Affordability

Support Groups:

Bi-monthly sexual assault support groups are held in partnership with Womanline on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30-7:45 p.m. Held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups are private; email mgarrison@ywcadayton.org to join.

Weekly online group chats for sexual assault survivors, friends/family of survivors, and those seeking information and resources about sexual health are held in partnership with RAINN per the schedule below. Follow link below to join. HelpRoom is an anonymous, confidential online group chat option that allows those who have been affected by sexual violence to connect with one another. Trained staff facilitate these group discussions to ensure a safe environment for all visitors.

  • Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group
    • Mondays @ 10-11 a.m.
  • LGBTQIA+ Identifying Survivors Support Group
    • Tuesdays @ 10-11 a.m.
  • Friends and Families of Survivors Support Group
    • Fridays @ 10-11 a.m.
  • Sexual Health HelpRoom
    • Wednesdays @ 10-11 a.m.

HelpRoom link: https://affiliate.rainn.org/helproom/ywcadayton

Counseling with professional therapists, who have experience supporting survivors of sexual assault, is available in both Montgomery and Preble counties. Services include:

  • Emotional Support & Counseling
  • Information & Referral
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention

YWCA Dayton promotes social change and the elimination of sexual violence through prevention education, inclusive programming, and community collaboration. Topics include:

  • Rape culture and consent
  • Bystander intervention
  • Accomplices and allies trainings
  • Community education workshops
  • Identifying and responding to sexual assault
  • Advocating for systemic change

YWCA Dayton’s sexual assault services are certified by the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV). We are the first and only certified Rape Crisis Center in Montgomery and Preble counties. To earn this designation, OAESV reviews our agency’s work every four years according to the Core Standards for Rape Crisis Programs in Ohio:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • Criminal justice/legal advocacy
  • Community awareness/outreach
  • Accessibility
  • Cultural competency
  • Ethics and accountability
  • Staff/volunteer training
  • Systems coordination/collaboration
  • Prevention education
  • Professional counseling/therapy
  • Support groups

Additionally, YWCA Dayton is a local affiliate of the Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline and is a certified National Sexual Assault Hotline affiliate of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).

In partnership with our community, YWCA Dayton commits to building relationships based on mutual professional respect and inclusion to best serve survivors in the Miami Valley. Some of our community partners include:

  • Preble County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Women Helping Women
  • Dayton International Peace Museum
  • Greater Dayton LGBT Center
  • Abolition Ohio
  • RAINN
  • OAESV
  • Eaton Police Department
  • Preble County Sheriff
  • Preble County Samaritan Behavioral Health
  • Womanline

74 CLIENTS

SERVED THIS YEAR

223 HOURS OF COUNSELING

PROVIDED THIS YEAR

1,880 HOURS OF TRAINING

PROVIDED THIS YEAR

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT

Amanda

"Thanks to YWCA Dayton, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I am working hard on healing myself again. I can see my future. I am not that little girl anymore. I am strong! I am courageous! I am brave."

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Megan

Megan brings nearly a decade of outreach and curriculum experience to YWCA Dayton, where she serves as our sexual assault program educator. You can find her facilitating a support group or leading a prevention education course.

Need help? It starts with a call.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

24/7 Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline: 937-222-SAFE (7233)