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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any act , of a sexual nature , committed against a person’s will by force, coercion, trickery or the inability to consent. Everyone is a potential victim of sexual assault. It is a threat to all people: women, children and men. 
Sexual assault is a crime.

What is the Rape Services Advocacy Program?
Our Rape Services Advocacy Program provides intervention, information and referral services to victims and co-victims of sexual assault. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Rape Crisis Services Advocates accompany sexual assault victims and co-victims to hospital emergency rooms, police departments and courtrooms.  

In addition, Rape Crisis Advocates work with school age victims,their families, law enforcement and educators to address sexual assault issues occuring within the school system. They educate young victims and help them get the services they need.


What is a Rape Crisis Advocate?
Rape Crisis Advocates are bound by confidentiality and offer support and information to sexual assault victims and co-victims. Advocates, certified by the New York State Department of Health, help individuals in crisis make difficult decisions during stressful times. Advocates assist victims and co-victims by helping them cope with the emotional trauma that results from the sexual assault as well helping them negotiate the medical and legal systems.

What is a Rape Crisis Volunteer Advocate?
Rape Crisis Volunteer Advocates receive free training and are offered a stipend to perform the same functions as the Rape Crisis Advocates. The New York State Department of Health certifies volunteers who have completed 30 hours of training. Rape Crisis Services provides free training and guides individuals through the certification process.
Interested in becoming a Rape Crisis Volunteer?

Is there a fee for Rape Crisis Services?
No. This is a free service to victims and co-victims of sexual assault. Program services are sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. and funded by: Orange County District Attorney's Office, New York State Department of Health, New York State Crime Victims' Board, New York State Department of Criminal Justice and Orange County United Way.


What hospitals offer services to victims of sexual assault?

Orange Regional Medical Center
Middletown, New York 10940

Saint Lukes Cornwall Hospital – Newburgh Campus
Newburgh, New York 12550

Saint Luke's Cornwall Hospital – Cornwall Campus
Cornwall, New York 12518

Bon Secours Community Hospital
Port Jervis, New York 12771

Saint Anthony’s Hospital
Warwick, New York 10990




Rape Crisis Services in Orange County is a program of the Mental Health Association in Orange County. We are funded by: Orange County District Attorney's Office,New York State Department of Health, New York State Office of Victim Services,New York State Department of Criminal Justice and United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region.

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