What Are My Options?

If you have experienced sexual violence, there are options. Sexual violence is never your fault, no matter the circumstances.

 

  • 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 Exams: 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. 

  • Legal Referral: 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. 

To find out more information about our services, please call us at (979) 731-1000 or email us at reachingout@sarcbv.org.

Brazos Valley Sexual Assault Resource Center

P.O. Box 3082

Bryan, TX 77805

(979) 731-1000

reachingout@sarcbv.org

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The Brazos County Rape Crisis Center, Inc. d/b/a the Sexual Assault Resource Center is

a 501c(3) non-profit organization, which began operations in 1983. This Center assists everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ability, age, national origin, or religion. This Center complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request to people with disabilities.  

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