If you are in immediate danger – please call 9-1-1
The Rape Crisis Center strives to provide well informed advocates for those affected by sexual violence to consult with at any time assistance is needed. Advocates are not trained mental health counselors. If you are seeking counseling, please contact our office during business hours to make an appointment. If you are in a mental health crisis and need help immediately, please contact the police or 2-1-1 for referrals to appropriate services.
Through our 24-hour hotline (702-366-1640 or 888-366-1640) and hospital accompaniment program, we assure that no victim goes through the aftermath of sexual assault alone. Advocates are there to provide support and basic information to address the questions victims most commonly have.
All of our advocacy services are available around the clock, FREE of charge, and to all victims of sexual assault, as well as members of their support system who may also have questions and concerns.
Some basic information to keep in mind:
Sexual assault knows no bounds in terms of age, gender, sexual orientation, income level, or location. Anyone may become a victim of sexual assault, and the services of The Rape Crisis Center are available to everyone affected.
If you have been sexually assaulted, or think you have been but are not sure, you are encouraged to go to University Medical Center (UMC) Hospital for an exam by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) nurse. The address for UMC is 1800 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV 89102. You want to go to the Adult Emergency Department for the SANE exam. If you call to report the crime to the police first, they may be able to transport you to UMC for the exam.
The purpose of this exam is to identify and treat any physical injuries you might have sustained during the assault, as well as to collect any possible evidence of the crime. You do NOT have to report the crime to law enforcement or pursue charges in order to have the exam done if you are an adult. If you are a minor, please keep in mind that the SANE nurse and medical personnel are mandated reporters of child abuse. All of your options will be explained to you by the nurse or advocate. The exam should ideally be done as soon as possible after the assault has occurred, but can be done up to 3-5 days later. Currently, UMC is the only hospital in Clark County that offers the SANE exam for adults.
If possible, refrain from the following until you have had the exam completed:
- Showering or bathing
- Changing clothes
- Drinking, eating, or chewing gum
- Using the restroom or douching
- If you do have clothing, blankets, sheets or other items which may hold evidence, please put them in a PAPER bag or pillow case. Do not store items in plastic.
Remember – what happened was not your fault.
It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, where you went, who you went with, or how much you had to drink. It doesn’t matter if the person who assaulted you was a stranger or someone you know. While we encourage victims to report sexual assault to law enforcement for a variety of reasons, ultimately whether or not you choose to report the assault is up to you. In any case, the advocates and services of The Rape Crisis Center are available to support you in your healing journey. You are not alone, and services and help are available whenever you decide to seek them.