Sexual assault can happen anywhere anytime to anyone. The offender is often someone that the survivor knows, like a relative, friend, coworker, or acquaintance. Research shows that 1 in 4 girls
and 1 in 6 boys
are likely to be sexually abused by their 18th birthdays, and 1 in 5 women
are likely to be sexually assaulted, stalked, or experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
We define sexual assault as any act committed against a person's will by force, coercion, or trickery that is of a sexual nature. Sexual assault includes rape as well as child sexual abuse, marital rape, attempted rape, incest, sexual harassment, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and indecent exposure. Sexual assault is a crime used by one person to control, dominate, and humiliate another. The offender, not the victim, is always at fault.
The trauma of sexual assault often produces a number of responses, including fear, shame, denial, guilt, and shock. The Sexual Trauma Resource Center (STRC) provides a continuum of services for victims of sexual assault and abuse. The Mecklenburg County STRC operates the Greater Charlotte Hope Line
, a free, confidential 24/7 hotline staffed by highly-trained advocates who provide crisis intervention and safety planning. The STRC also offers hospital accompaniment. An advocate stays with a sexual assault victim during medical examinations at any Mecklenburg-area hospital, providing information about options the victim has and offering emotional support. Because the impact of assault endures well beyond the immediate attack, the STRC provides ongoing advocacy, education, and emotional support to victims and their non-offending loved ones. This includes trauma-informed counseling services and support groups.
We also offer these services to victims of sexual and domestic violence in North Mecklenburg. In Lake Norman, the Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville police departments connect victims with an advocate, often asking the advocate to participate in the police interview to provide the victim emotional support. This allows the advocate to provide critical safety planning, crisis intervention, and advocacy services.
601 E. 5th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Crisis Line: 980.771.4673
Monday/Wednesday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sexual Trauma Client Forms