Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape and sexual violence can come in many forms.

Rape or sexual assault happen any time you are forced to have sex (including vaginal, anal, or oral) or have unwanted sexual contact of any kind (including touching, kissing) with the abuser or a third party.  It can happen even when you know or have a relationship with the offender.

Sexual violence is a common form of domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) in which abusers use sexual assault or coercion as a way to control victims.  Oftentimes, victims of IPV do not equate sexual force as abuse, especially when coming from an intimate partner, but it is still abuse.

Unreported Crimes: 0%

According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States, and 68% of these crimes are never reported to the police. Click here to get rape and sexual assault facts, information, and resources.

The complete brochure on sexual assault, written by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey (in English and Spanish), offers more information on the importance of reporting sexual assault, the legal process, victims’ rights, victims’ services, and a full list of sexual assault hotline resources throughout Los Angeles County.

Getting Help Immediately After an Incident of Rape or Sexual Assault

It is extremely difficult to think clearly after being a victim of a traumatic experience like rape or sexual assault.  Remember: it is not your fault and you did not deserve to be sexually violated.

If you are seeking information on what you can and should do next, or if you are looking for advice on how to help a friend who has just been victimized, Peace Over Violence provides guidance on their website.

Resources and Services Available for Victims of Sexual Assault

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) offers free, confidential, and secure help 24/7, if you need someone to talk to or help with pressing charges or understanding your healing process.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) can help you find a local rape crisis center anywhere in the U.S. when you click here.  These crisis centers also have 24/7 hotlines that serve victims of sexual violence.  They are trained to provide you with the support and information you need.

RAINN can also assist you with any of the following:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling/support groups
  • Legal/criminal justice system advocacy
  • Crime victim assistance advocacy
  • Community education
  • Professional education
  • Casework/practical assistance
  • Emergency shelter
  • Hospital Accompaniment

If you are in immediate danger or have just
been raped or sexually assaulted, call 911.

For direct victims’ services, call your local rape crisis center.

The following rape crisis centers are designated by the County of Los Angeles as SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Centers:

CENTER FOR THE PACIFIC ASIAN FAMILY, INC.

24-Hour Hotline
(Speciality in Asian or Pacific Islander (API) clients; Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese languages available & more)
Emergency and Transitional Shelters
800-339-3940

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PROJECT SISTER FAMILY SERVICES

(Spanish available)
909-626-4357 (Pomona Valley & San Gabriel Valley)
626-966-4155

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STRENGTH UNITED

24-Hour Hotlines
(Spanish available)
818-787-9700
818-886-0453 (San Fernando Valley)
661-253-0258 (Santa Clarita Valley)

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EAST LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S CENTER RAPE & BATTERING

24-Hour Hotline
(Spanish available)
800-585-6231

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RAPE TREATMENT CENTER, SANTA MONICA-UCLA MEDICAL CENTER

(Spanish available)
310-319-4000

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YWCA GREATER LOS ANGELES SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS SERVICES

(Spanish available)
877-Y-HELPS-U (943-5778)

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PEACE OVER VIOLENCE

24-Hour Hotlines
(Spanish available)
213-626-3393 (Los Angeles)
310-392-8381 (West Los Angeles Area)
626-793-3385 (San Gabriel Valley)

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SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE SERVICE, FORENSIC SERVICES UNIT (FSU)

24-Hour Hotline
(Spanish available)
661-723-7273 (Antelope Valley)
Forensic Services Unit Phone: 661-949-5572

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