The Faces of the Sexual Trauma Resource Center

Safe Alliance's Sexual Trauma Resource Center (STRC) is made up of compassionate advocates and clinicians who help survivors process their trauma and navigate their lives after sexual violence.   

Reaching out for help can be scary or intimidating, so we wanted to share encouraging words and advice from our team. 

What would you tell a survivor of sexual violence who is scared to reach out?

"I would tell them: You are not alone in this. You deserve to feel supported and to embark on a journey of healing. There are compassionate individuals here who understand your experiences and are committed to empowering you through your healing journey. You have the strength within you to navigate through this challenging time, and we are here to provide you with the resources, guidance, and unconditional support you need to reclaim your sense of empowerment and well-being. Healing is a journey, and you are not expected to navigate it alone."  
- Jesus Sanchez-Gloria, Advocate

"Many survivors of sexual violence may feel shame/guilt, fear, anger and even loneliness. I would first want the survivor to know that they are not alone.  I would tell them that their emotions are valid and is a normal response to the hurt and emotional pain caused by the malice of someone else. The emotional pain of sexual violence can become overwhelming and life changing. It can alter the way a survivor navigates and views the world around them. I would encourage the survivor to allow themselves grace and to be patient with themselves while processing their feelings. I would want the survivor to know that what happened was not their fault, the shame and guilt in not theirs to carry. I would let them know that there are people here at Safe Alliance dedicated to helping them heal and work through their pain and that there is no timeframe for healing. I would want the survivor to know that they have power and autonomy at any point in life to choose when they are ready to reach out for help. Lastly, I would want them to know that there is hope. It may not feel like it right now, but despite all the darkness, there is light."
- Kierra Hinton, Clinician

"If you have experienced sexual trauma and are afraid to reach out, I want you to know you are not alone. I know it can feel scary to reach out and ask for help, to let someone else in, and to share about what you've been through. It can also be very healing. You matter. Your pain matters. You and your story deserve to be seen and heard. When you reach out to us, know that we will seek to support you wherever you are on your journey. You will be believed, you will have a voice, and you will be met with kindness, empathy, and compassion. Reaching out for help is never a sign of weakness, only of strength and courage." 
Emily Barnhardt, Clinician and Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator

What's the most important thing someone can know about STRC services?

"Our staff are here because they care. They work so hard to make sure every person that walks through our door feels safe and supported in whatever they are going through. Here we work to support you as an entire person- you are far more than what has happened to you." 
- Leanna Pai, Director, Sexual Trauma Resource Center and Lake Norman Office


"That we are always available to provide support to clients and empower them to make the choices they want to make. We have an array of services and can adjust advocacy needs based on where a survivor is at in their journey."
- Hayley Hawkins, Senior Advocate

To connect with the Sexual Trauma Resource Center team, call the 24/7 Greater Charlotte Hope Line at 980.771.4673. They'll be able to give you more information, talk through next steps, or schedule an initial meeting. 

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In an emergency please dial 911

Call the Greater Charlotte Hope Line 24/7 for info on parenting, domestic violence and sexual assault 980.771.4673.

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