Child Sexual Abuse


If you are in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 911.

YWCA 24-Hour Confidential Helpline
616.454.YWCA (616.454.9922)


For families experiencing the trauma of incest and non-familial molestation, the YWCA provides:

Short-Term Support
Counseling for parents of child victims, adults abused as children, and child victims and their families who are experiencing the trauma of incest or non-familial molestation.

Group Therapy and Counseling
For victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Medical Forensic Exams And Medical Help: Nurse Examiner Program (No Cost)

Receiving immediate and follow-up medical attention is one of the most important things that you can do for a child who may have been sexually abused. As part of our community’s response to intimate partner violence, the YWCA provides comprehensive, timely, and sensitive medical-forensic examinations.

There may be injuries that need to be treated. We can also test for pregnancy and evaluate for the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). With patient consent, evidence is collected and documented by a specially trained, forensic nurse examiner in a supportive private environment. A volunteer advocate who offers emotional support and information is part of this response as well. We also provide referrals for follow-up medical care and counseling.

Exams are performed at the YWCA on a 24-hour, on-call basis for all genders. To arrange for an exam, contact the YWCA within 120 hours (5 days) of the incident (616.454.9922).

Safe Connections – supervised Parenting Time and Custody Exchanges

Call 616.426.3757

To help parents and children develop positive, healthy relationships, the YWCA provides supervised parenting time and custody exchanges for families where there is a concern for safety due to domestic or dating abuse, sexual assault, stalking, child sexual abuse, mental illness, or substance abuse. Click here for more information and program hours.