Sexual Assault Reponse Program
The SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE PROGRAM (SARP) is a program of the YWCA of Central Virginia, a non-profit, United Way agency. SARP is dedicted to providing free crisis intervention, support, advocacy, and information to survivors of sexual assault and abuse as well as to family members and friends. SARP is also dedicated to raising public awareness of sexual assault and personal safety. Services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week to residents of Bedford, Danville, and Lynchburg cities and the counties of Amerst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Halifax, and Pittsylvania.
The SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE PROGRAM exists to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are provided the opportunity and means with which to recover from physical and psychological trauma.
Once again, the SARP program is selling Christmas ornaments. This year's ornament is DunbarHigh School. It will be available, as well last year's ornament of the historic YWCA Town Center to commemorate the YWCA's 100th anniversary. Ornaments are $20, and comes with a free previously issued SARP ornament. Ornaments are available at the Lynchburg SARP office or the YWCA Town Center.
510 Patton Street
Danville, VA 24541
1900 Tate Springs Road, Suite 8
Lynchburg, VA 24501
24 Hour Confidential Hotline: 888-947-7273
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE PROGRAM SERVICES
- Crisis Intervention & Support
SARP companions are on-call 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention and support to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual violence including rape, attempted rape, molestation, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.
- Information & Referrals
SARP provides information in regard to reporting and medical options, community resources, victims' compensation, victims' rights, counseling, and support groups.
- Financial Assistance & Referral
SARP provides emergency financial assistance to victims who are in need. SARP also provides information about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (CICF), which pays for the collection of the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit. A SARP Advocate can also assist a victim in applying for other potential reimbursement from CICF. SARP also offers a Financial Freedom class, which is aimed at helping victims become more financially independent of abusers.
- Ongoing Advocacy
While SARP companions provide services immediately after an assault, an advocate can provide services beyond the event, recognizing that an assault and its aftermath can be disruptive to the victim's lifestyle in many ways. SARP Advocates provide emotional support, assistance with filing for Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund reimbursements, accompaniment to criminal justice proceedings (interviews, court hearings, trials, and sentencing), and other personal advocacy services.
- Support Groups
SARP facilitates several support groups to include AMAC, a group for Adults Molested as Children. Other support group offerings are available for parents of the abused child, teens who have experiences sexual abuse, and adults.
- Community Awareness
SARP provides free educational presentations to civic groups, college students, and allied professionals on the prevalence and effects of sexual violence.
Reactions to Trauma
People react to stress and trauma differently. Victims can experience a variety of emotional and physical responses to sexual assault, some of which may include:
- inability to express emotions
- nightmares and/or sleeplessness
- drug/alcohol abuse
- lack of concentration
- appetite loss or overeating
- feelings of grief and despair
- problems with relationships
- sexual dysfunction
- unexplained and un expected mood swings
- withdrawal from family and friends
- unpredictable agitation
- suicidal thoughts
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions
If you or someone you know is struggling with any of the above reactions to sexual violence, please contact our confidential 24 hour hotline at 888-947-7273