FAQs


Where can I go if I want to get away?

There are multiple shelters in Alabama that can provide a safe and caring environment. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE [7233]) or the Alabama Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-650-6522) to locate the nearest shelter.

How can I help someone who has been sexually assaulted?

You can help someone who has been sexually assaulted by listening, offering comfort, and lending support.  You can offer to go to the hospital or police station with the survivor to provide support, if the survivor wants you there.  Reinforce the message that the survivor is not to blame! 

What if I was drunk or high at the time of my assault?

Our main concern is that you receive the help needed, regardless if you were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  We are concerned about your safety.

What resources are available for male survivors?

Safe Harbor is a great resource for ALL survivors of sexual assault, regardless of gender or sex.

What feelings might a survivor experience?

It is important to understand that not every survivor reacts the same way.  We know that emotions experienced by survivors are individualized. Provided below are common emotions that survivors might experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Shame/embarrassment
  • Powerlessness
  • Fear
  • Shock
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Ambivalence
  • Hopelessness