Our 24 Hour Hotline
Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Sexual Assault Resource Center's Crisis Hotline provides survivors of sexual violence and their significant others immediate support, crisis intervention, accompaniments and referrals for the entire Brazos Valley. The volunteer advocates and staff at SARC have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911
If you have experienced sexual violence, there are options. Sexual violence is never your fault, no matter the circumstances.
Start a Chat
Confidential Crisis Hotline 24/7: To speak to an advocate about your options, you may contact our hotline at (979) 731-1000. This phone call is confidentiality and free of charge. We are not affiliated with law enforcement or the criminal justice system. SARC is here to help you understand your rights and to advocate for you.
Forensic Nursing Exam
If you choose, you can receive a private exam by a forensic nurse, but you DO NOT have to report to law enforcement if you decide to receive an exam.
What is a forensic exam? The nurses will provide evidence collection and medical care during this exam. If possible, please do not change your clothes, shower, brush your teeth, eat or drink, or use the bathroom until after the exam. BUT it's ok if you have done any of these things.
The hospital will contact SARC to provide an advocate to accompany you during your exam. However, this is your choice and we do not have to stay. We are here to support you in any way possible. We will bring a care package for you with information relating to your rights as a survivor, as well as essentials like underwear, scrubs, socks, and toiletries.
Report to Law Enforcement
You may report to law enforcement, regardless of whether you receive a forensic exam. If you decide to report, we are here to advocate for you and can go with you to the law enforcement agency. You are not alone in this situation.
File a Protective Order
If you have been a survivor of stalking or sexual violence, you can apply for a court order to prevent contact from the abuser. This order is called a "Protective Order." We can accompany you to the courthouse to file a protective order and advocate for you during the case. SARC can also send a referral for legal assistance to Lone Star Legal Aid.
SARC has a partnership with Lone Star Legal Aid to provide legal advice for survivors of sexual violence. If you are interested in making an appointment with an attorney, please call us at (979) 731-1000 for more information.
Locks of Refuge
SARC will send a locksmith to replace your key or lock for free. In order to see if you qualify, please contact our hotline at (979) 731-1000.
In 1981, several members of the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office began to discuss the need for services for survivors of sexual assault. From these conversations, three individuals, Justice of the Peace Carolyn Hensarling, District Attorney Travis B. Bryan, III, and Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Ruffino, founded the Brazos County Rape Crisis Center, Inc., a non-profit, private corporation. At its annual meeting in 1982, the Board of Directors were appointed and the Center adopted its by-laws and established policies and procedures for the operation of the organization.
In 1982, the Center began to train volunteers and officially opened in October of 1983. Since that time, the Center has trained over 1,000 volunteers, established strong community partnerships, conducted training and educational workshops, and assisted survivors with crisis intervention services. The volunteers are the backbone of this agency and we could not do it without their support. As a result, we depend on incredible people from the community to support our work and warriors for the cause to end sexual violence. Together, we can work to provide support and services to the Brazos Valley.
"I was 13 years old when the abuse started. I was a child. I didn't know what to do or who to trust. I turned to my mom for help and she said it was something I just needed to "get over." How do you just "get over" sexual abuse? I was so thankful when I found out about SARC last year at church. I started seeing a counselor there, who has helped me feel safe again and process through my trauma. What happened was not my fault and it's not ok."
The act of breaking the silence that imprisons so many survivors is deeply courageous.
- Mariska Hargitay
How to Help a Survivor
Families who partner with us assist the community with crisis intervention services, counseling, and educational presentations.