We provide free, confidential and trauma-informed services to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by sexual violence or other unwanted sexual experiences. Anyone includes, but is not limited to, individuals of any age, gender, identity, culture, etc. Sexual violence is any sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. This includes but is not limited to rape, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, sexual exploitation, etc.
If you’re a person with a disability who requires an accommodation, please contact the office at 812-933-1990. Interpreters are available for non-English speaking persons as well as for ASL.
24-hour Help Line
Our help line operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Trained staff and volunteers provide support for survivors of unwanted sexual experiences, their loved ones, and professionals seeking information. You can call us immediately after the experience, weeks later, or even years later. We support survivors of all types of sexual violence, such as rape, assault, harassment, stalking, sex trafficking, incest, and child sexual abuse. We also serve people who may not refer to what happened to them as sexual violence but who feel that they have been negatively affected by a sexual experience. Our services are available to all members of the community regardless of race, socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age*, language, national origin, and immigration status.
If a minor tells us or if we suspect that they or another minor, an elderly adult, or a person with a disabiity is being harmed, we may be required by law to report this to the authorities.
Advocates are available 24/7/365 to respond and support you after an unwanted sexual experience, including a rape or sexual assault. Your health, safety, and well-being is our priority. An advocate will be available to accompany you for medical care, provide information on accessing health and safety services, go over your rights and options, and support you. Crisis intervention services are completely confidential and put you – the survivor – in control of the process.
Advocacy and Support
Safe Place provides advocacy to meet your emotional, physical, and systemic needs following any unwanted sexual experience, whether it happened today or 50 years ago. Our goal is for every client to receive the help, healing, and hope they deserve. Because healing looks different for each individual, our services are limitless; however, here are some ideas of what we offer:
· Emotional support and a listening ear
· Assistance with grounding, mindfulness, and coping skills
· Information and education about unwanted sexual experiences, trafficking, and trauma
· Assistance in accessing health services and follow-up care
· Accompaniment to medical and legal appointments or interviews
· Assistance with protective orders, Crime Victims’ Compensation, and Address Confidentiality Programs
· Information on reporting options and sexual assault exams, including timelines
· Working with survivors and systems to create individualized plans to keep survivors emotionally and physically safe
· Assist with obtaining practical considerations such as financial resources, lock replacement, relocation, transportation, and childcare
· Access to shelter as needed
· Advocate with systems to create survivor-centered care
Referrals and Recommendations
Safe Place advocates have many contacts to support services in and outside the community. Whether you need financial assistance, legal assistance or a peer recovery coach, we can help to point you in the right direction.
Additionally, Safe Place partners with therapists in the community to provide short-term therapy and advocacy for survivors of unwanted sexual experiences at no cost.
Groups & Workshops
Groups offer a safe space to talk to people with similar experiences. Our groups give the opportunity to talk about sexual violence and its impacts, make supportive connections, and empower each other. All of our groups are completely confidential and any participation is voluntary.
Call our Helpline at 812-932-7233 to learn more or get connected
to a virtual or in-person group near you.
Support Group is a safe and supporitive spacefor those who have been through unwanted sexual experiences. Please join us to empower one another in wholeness and healing, learn coping and self-care skills, and to build supportive connections with others.
Supporting Survivors is a group for loved ones of survivors who are seeking to process and cope with their loved ones experience and learn how to support the survivor.Please join us to learn how to best support your loved one who is a survivor of sexual violence, speak safely about your experiences, and develop skills to take care of yourself while taking care of your loved one.
Choosing Victory is a 10-week Bible Study created to bring hope and healing out of tragedy resulting from sexual assault. Join in a survivor-created Bible Study where victims, family or friends are able to study God’s healing words and choose victory. Tory Bowen Flynn, wrote this study out of her own trauma and the hope and healing she found in Christ. This is a closed group with up to 12 people.
Garden Group is an open group for anyone who would like to make supportive connections, have safe conversations, garden and practice grounding and learn more about Safe Place support.
Authors and Activists is a seasonal book club with facilitated discussion about books with topics including women, religion, sexual assault, advocacy, and activism.
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Safe Place Sexual Assault Center
PO Box 235
Batesville, Indiana 47006
This project is supported in part (or in whole) by grant, 03215VAGX006403 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Views contained herein are those of the author and do not represent the position of USDOJ or ICJI.
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