Have you been sexually assaulted or sexually abused? It is common to feel anger, shame, anxiety, helplessness, or fear. You might feel all of these things, and even more! ACTS Sexual Assault Services is here to help you on your healing journey. ACTS Sexual Assault Services are free (unless otherwise noted) and confidential.
ACTS Sexual Assault Hotline (703) 368-4141
If you are in IMMEDIATE CRISIS because of a sexual assault or sexual abuse, ACTS Sexual Assault Services employees and trained volunteers are here to respond to your needs, or those needs of your family members. When you call our hotline, crisis listeners will take your first name (callers may remain anonymous) and phone number and a trained sexual assault specialist or volunteer will be in contact very shortly. We are on call 24 hours a day and are trained to provide empathetic support, explore reporting options, encourage medical care, and provide information about the dynamics of sexual assault and abuse, as well as assistance with other community referrals that may be able to provide further help.
It can be scary to reach out for help following a sexual assault, or when you are ready to finally talk about your sexual abuse. Our team of empathetic and compassionate individuals understands the dynamics of sexual assault and abuse, and will work with you to overcome these devastating life events. The Sexual Assault Specialist’s role is to provide education and confidential support, as well as to suggest skills that can help you reassert power over your own life. This service is provided in our offices for survivors and their loved ones who are 12 years of age or older. For children under 12 years of age, please ask to speak with a Specialist for resources and referrals.
To set up an appointment, please call: (703) 497-1192 Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
"It was very helpful to be in a support group with people who had been through the same experiences as me. The facilitators were great, too! I received the emotional support I needed to take the next steps in my life. I feel more hopeful for myself and my family."
Group support from peers can be a powerful tool for healing. We offer confidential support groups for adolescents and adults, male and female, several times per year in both the east and west ends of the county. We welcome referrals from mental health providers, the medical community and others throughout the community. Classes are ongoing weekly in the evenings.
To make arrangements to join us, please call: (703) 497-1192 Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
If you have been sexually assaulted, you may want to have a medical exam at the hospital to collect evidence of the assault. ACTS Sexual Assault Services has an agreement with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, so if you go there for your exam, we are called by hospital staff to accompany you throughout the sometimes lengthy process. Our role is to advocate for your emotional needs, which enables hospital staff and/or law enforcement officers to focus on their role of investigation or evidence collection.
The best way to get this process started is to reach out to your local police, or go to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and request a PERK (Physical Evidence Recovery Kit) exam.
ACTS Sexual Assault Services also helps victims navigate the court process and provides accompaniment throughout pre-trial meetings and hearings, trial, and sentencing. We will also provide support during law enforcement interviews, as appropriate.
You need to be a current client of ACTS to use this service.
Education and Outreach
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes teach self-defense and risk reduction for women. The class usually meets over 3 evenings (4 hours per night) and will help women feel safer and more confident. Nominal fees apply. Scholarships and group rates are available. For more information, call 703-497-1192 and ask to speak to Maggie Perez.
Education and outreach programs are conducted throughout the community to raise awareness about sexual assault and sexual abuse. Risk reduction presentations are available for schools, colleges and universities. Awareness and training programs also are provided for both civic groups and professionals. For more information, contact Terry Swirchak at 703-497-1192.
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training programs are also available for a nominal fee. This 2 hour class can be customized for parents, community members, school staff or allied professionals. For more information, contact Lydia Teutsch at 703-497-1192.
*Many of our services are available in both English and Spanish