Crisis Advocacy

The Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County's Crisis Line is designed to provide you with immediate emergency support. This line is answered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by staff members and trained volunteers. If you are in an immediate need of an advocate, please call (218) 749-4725 or 1-800-300-3102. Press the number 6, leave a phone number where you may be reached and an advocate will return your call as soon as possible. An advocate can provide you with support, information, and crisis intervention. Providing advocacy, support, and information to victims/survivors and their families/friends immediately following an assault, and throughout the healing process.

Who is an Advocate?
-is a volunteer with a commitment and awareness of the issue.
-has received special training to work with victims and their families.
-is someone who has empathy for what you are experiencing and respects your needs.

An Advocate will:
-Provide victims with emotional support, information, options, and assistance meet with the victim face-to-face
-listen and understand
-inform the victim of his/her rights
-accompany the victim through the medical exam, police interview, and court proceedings if requested.
-respect all the victims decisions and choices concerning the assault

Who may request an Advocate?
-past or present victims of rape, child sexual abuse, and other forms of sexual assault including sexual harassment, obscene phone calls, or gestures, etc.
-family members or friends of sexual assault/abuse victims.
-community professionals who work with victims of sexual assault/abuse and their families.

How can an Advocate assist other community professionals? -An advocate can calm the victim or other family members during the initial interviews with law enforcement and other involved agencies.
-An advocate has the time to explain complicated procedures to victims or other family members and provide reassurance
-An advocate can lend support to victims or family members through the reporting and interviewing process.
-An advocate can sometimes be an effective liaison between the victim and family and other community professionals aiding in communications and trust-building.
-An advocate can maintain a long-term relationship with the victim and assist in follow-up for other needs.

How can I contact an Advocate?
Call the Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County at (218) 749-4725, (218) 780-7227 text/call or toll free at 1-800-300-3102.
Walk into our office at 327 1st St S, Suite 17, Virginia, MN between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday, Fridays 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Request an advocate from the Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County. They will ask for your name and phone number. An advocate will then call you back as soon as possible. All calls are confidential.