Danville, Ill. (WCIA)

Survivor Resource Center provides free and confidential services to survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. The center’s primary office is located in Danville. There is a satellite office in Paris. Survivor Resource Center serves Vermilion, Edgar, and northern Clark County. Individual and family counseling is available to survivors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in the service areas. Survivor Resource Center offers case management to clients in need of additional resources. There are medical advocates who staff the 24-hour crisis hotline and respond to OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Danville, when a survivor is needing a sexual assault forensic exam kit. The center’s legal advocates provide support and advocacy throughout the entire criminal justice process, from reporting through beyond sentencing. The legal advocates also assist survivors who need protective orders. Prevention Education and Outreach Awareness team provides age-appropriate information on a variety of topics surrounding anti-violence, body safety, and consent to students in pre-K through high school. They also provide free professional trainings on a variety of topics including sexual harassment trainings. Lastly, they bring awareness to the community by hosting and participating in awareness events such as Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has named this year’s theme as “Building Safe Online Spaces Together”. Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including online spaces. The Prevention Educators do a fantastic job talking to youth about harassment, cyberbullying, sexual abuse, and exploitation in online spaces. This issue also applies to adults. Staff members see this type of behavior every day on social medial. “Building Safe Online Spaces Together” can happen when we practice digital consent.

The first April of each year is Start by Believing Day. This year Start by Believing Day is Wednesday, April 6th. Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign created by End Violence Against Women International. Start by Believing provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to come together and let all survivors know “I Believe You”.

Survivor Resource Center provides free services for survivors of sexual assault. The center’s staff and volunteers are bound by absolute confidentiality.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes – Awareness event is coming up on May 14, 2022

27 N Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832