Established in 1992, the Rape Crisis Program began out of a growing community need to assist victims of rape or sexual assault.

Often, the first step toward healing begins with a Sanctuary advocate meeting with a victim at the hospital. Beyond the initial hospital visit, the Rape Crisis Program provides counseling and support and helps victims rebuild their lives.

All services are confidential and free of charge.

Call toll free 800-766-0000 for immediate help 24 hours a day.

Who is appropriate for referral?

  • Any adult who is a victim of sexual assault
  • Any child who is a witness or victim of sexual assault

How can Sanctuary help me?

If you need immediate assistance, please call 800-766-0000.

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The most important immediate steps you can take are:

  1. Get to a safe place or call someone you can trust.
  2. Call Sanctuary's Rape Crisis Center at (270) 887-6200 or call your local hospital.
  3. Don't take a shower; preserve the clothes worn during your attack.
  4. Get a medical exam to ensure medical aid and prompt collection of medical evidence.
  5. Inquire about tests for possible pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases.



People who are raped or sexually assaulted may have many of the following reactions.  Remember, these are normal and in most cases will be temporary.

FEAR - possibly panic, anxiety, fears of being alone or in certain places or situations

ANGER - possibly rage, irritability, alienation from family or friends

DEPRESSION - may include crying, withdrawal, or isolation

PHYSICAL REACTIONS - may include nausea, headaches, changes in eating, sleeping, or changes in the menstrual cycle

You may feel dirty, ashamed, guilty, humiliated, or responsible.  You may experience mood swings, behavior changes, or an inability to concentrate or relax. 

Remember, the rapist is the guilty person. It is not your fault.

Realize that your reactions are normal.  Give yourself time to heal; it won't happen overnight.

Talk about your feelings with someone you trust.

Avoid using drugs or alcohol to help you handle your feelings.

Try to prepare yourself for the difficult times, such as court, anniversaries, etc.

Look for support and understanding.  Learn about your rights as a victim of crime.

For more information or if you or someone you know has 
been a victim of rape or sexual assault, please call:
(270) 885-4572 or (800) 866-0000