*CMSAC provides free and confidential services to all survivors/victims and concerned persons of sexual violence. If you wish, you may obtain our services anonymously. It is your choice on how much and what identifiable information you feel comfortable providing.*
CMSAC Services Spotlight:
CMSAC proudly serves our LGBTQ+ community and offers advocacy services for survivors of sexual violence who identify as LGBTQ+. These advocacy services are provided within many different types of settings (e.g. hospital, clinic, law enforcement etc.).
Sexual violence can happen between people of the same and/or different genders. CMSAC is committed to providing services that honors all gender identities and sexual orientations within our diverse communities. Toward that end, CMSAC Staff have participated in Safe Space training to educate themselves regarding obstacles faced by LGBTQ+ individuals every day, as well as to learn better techniques for creating safer spaces wherein everyone feels respected and comfortable. Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault, and no one ever deserves to be sexually assaulted. Your gender identity and/or sexual orientation never justify sexual violence against you.
If you are a loved one of an LGBTQ+ survivor of sexual assault, it is important to remember that the survivor may be experiencing many different emotions. Following an assault, remind your loved one that you are there for them and are willing to support them. Everyone’s healing journey is different, and we must support each individual unconditionally.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you may be nervous in seeking medical attention for a sexual assault. However, health care is often the first step to healing for many survivors. If you are interested in seeking medical attention, you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. You may reference local hospitals and other medical resources here: https://cmsac.org/education-safety-reporting/
Resources specific to the LGBTQ+ community
To speak with an advocate about our advocacy services or to request an advocate be present with you, please call our 24 hour crisis line at (320) 251-4357!
Please visit our program and services tab to learn more about all the services that CMSAC has to offer!