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Sexual Assault Support: Local Resources

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault, Abuse & Rape

If you don’t consent to sex and someone forces you to do something sexual, this is sexual assault, abuse, and/or rape. Someone hurting you like this is never your fault. Sexual assault or abuse means any unwanted sexual contact. It’s when someone uses force or pressure (either physical or emotional) to get you to do something sexual. Rape is when someone forces or pressures you into having sex. Every state defines crimes like "rape,” "sexual assault," and “sexual abuse” differently. Rape usually means forced vaginal, anal, or oral penetration by a body part or object.

Here are some examples of things that are sexual abuse or assault:

  • someone touching your breasts, butt, or private parts without your consent
  • someone showing you their genitals or making you touch them without your consent
  • someone rubbing their genitals against you without your consent (this sometimes happens in crowded areas like subways or buses)
  • someone forcing you to kiss them
  • someone holding you down and kissing, touching, or rubbing against you
  • someone smacking your butt without your consent

Rape, sexual abuse, or sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter how old they are, or what race, gender, or sexual orientation they are. Some people believe it only happens to girls, but that’s not true. Most victims of sexual assault are female, but 1 out of every 5 victims is male. Continue reading from Planned Parenthood

24/7 Help Hotlines

National Sexual Assault Hotline : 1-800-656-4673

Connecticut Sexual Assault Hotline : 1-888-999-5545 (English); and 1-888-568-8332 (Spanish)

National Center for Victims of Crime : 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

National Dating Abuse Helpline : Call 1-866-331-9474 or Text “loveis” to 22522

CT DCF Child Abuse and Neglect Careline : 800-842-2288

CT Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline/Safe Connect : Call or Text 888-774-2900

National Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); 1-800-787-3224 ( TTY)

National Human Trafficking Hotline : 1 (888) 373-7888

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 800-273-8255

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Local Places to Get Help

The Rowan Center: A Sexual Assault Resource Agency

1111 Summer St, Suite 202

Stamford, Connecticut 06905

Email :

Emergency Hotlines: 

  • Local English: 203-329-2929
  • Toll-free English: 888-999-5545
  • Statewide Spanish: 888-568-8332


YWCA Greenwich DV Center

259 East Putnam Avenue

Greenwich, CT 06830

24 Hour Crisis Hotline : 203-622-0003


The Center for Family Justice

753 Fairfield Avenue

Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

Emergency Hotlines:

  • Sexual Assault Hotline : 203-333-2233
  • Domestic Violence Hotline : 203-384-9559
  • Helpline for Spanish Speakers : 888-568-8332


Rape Crisis Center of Milford 

70 West River Street

Milford, CT 06460

Help Hotline : 203-878-1212


The Center for Empowerment and Education (formerly The Women's Center of Greater Danbury) 

2 West Street

Danbury, Connecticut 06810


Emergency Hotlines:

  • Sexual Assault Hotline :  203-731-5204
  • Domestic Violence Hotline : 203-731-5206


Domestic Violence Crisis Center of CT

Stamford Office :

1111 Summer Street, Suite 203

Stamford, CT 06905

Norwalk Office :

16 River Street (48 Wall Street for GPS)

Norwalk, CT 06850

General Phone: 203-588–9100

From our Collection

Link to Survivor Injustice: state-sanctioned abuse, domestic violence, and the fight for bodily autonomy by Kylie Cheung in the catalog
Link to Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault edited by Stacey May Fowles & Jen Sookfong Lee in the Catalog
Link to Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto by Michelle Bowdler in the Catalog
Link to What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali in the Catalog
Link to You Too? edited by Janet Gurtler in the Catalog
Link to The Courage To Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis in the Catalog
Link to Sexual Justice by Alexandra Brodsky in the Catalog
Link to Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan's #MeToo Movement by Shiori Ito in the Catalog
Link to Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus by Jennifer S Hirsch and Shamus Khan in the Catalog
Link to Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture by Rachel Haines in the Catalog
Link to Consent: A Memoir by Vanessa Springora in the Catalog
Link to Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow in the Catalog

Link to the Health & Wellness Resource Guide Series Homepage