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Help is available.

You are not alone. Rape crisis counselors and sexual assault advocates can offer you free and confidential support. They can help with safety planning, emotional and physical care, and resources to help you—and your friends and family—cope with the aftermath of an assault.

Find Help

If you or someone close to you has experienced violence or may be at risk for experiencing violence, you can find access our directory to find local advocacy support serving your area. You can find out which programs provide services in your area by entering your county name in the County/Sovereign Nations location.

Rape crisis centers are on call 24/7.

  1. You can find the telephone numbers of advocacy centers in your area via our directory above.
  2. Contact Day One crisis line, operated by Cornerstone (call 1.866.223.1111 or text 612.399.9995), for 24/7 services through text, webchat, or a phone call.
  3. Call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, at 1.800.656.HOPE. By calling this number you will be automatically connected to your closest rape crisis center.

Emergency Medical Care and Other Support

Access our directory to find an advocate, see information about seeking emergency medical care, and view our resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Other Languages.

Common Questions

  1. Make sure you are in a safe place.
  2. Know that this is not your fault.
  3. Contact a friend or family member you trust or call the local sexual assault program center hotline.
  4. Contact an advocate in your area.
  5. Consider seeking medical attention.

Advocates provide free and confidential support, information, and referrals for victims/survivors of sexual violence. They are there to listen, support, and assist you with your goals and needs.

Advocacy services can include:

  • 24/7/365 access to a confidential helpline
  • Support Groups
  • Connecting to community supports
  • Assistance in accessing healing resources
  • Community Education
  • Accompaniment to a Forensic Medical Exam
  • Accompaniment to Law Enforcement reporting
  • Court accompaniment
  • Assistance with a filing protective order
  • and more!


Advocates can connect you with sexual violence support groups, assist you in obtaining Harassment Restraining Orders (HROs) or Orders for Protection (OFPs), accompany you during a SANE exam or police interview, listen, assist you and your loved ones with safety planning, and more!

Advocates are available 24/7 in every county in Minnesota to support victims/survivors. Use rapehelpmn.com to find an advocate through your local sexual assault service program.

Advocacy services are confidential. Advocates will inform you regarding the information that they can keep confidential and what they may need to report or share with others.

If you are under the age of 18, you do have privacy rights for medical treatment and advocacy services. But there could be some exceptions to those privacy rights. An advocate can help explain the exceptions to you. You can also call a crisis line anonymously to learn more about how an advocate can support you, and what options are available to you.

You have the option to seek medical attention and deserve to receive care. If you choose to seek medical care, do so as soon as possible.

What does an advocate do?

Contact us for more information about advocacy.

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