Sexual Assault


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

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


Rape 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 yourself if you have been sexually assaulted. You may have injuries that need to be treated, and you may want to address and receive treatment for the possibility of pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

As part of our community’s response to sexual assault, the YWCA provides comprehensive, timely, and sensitive rape exams (officially known as medical-forensic examinations).

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.

Exams are performed at the YWCA on a 24-hour, on-call basis for children and adults, and all genders. To arrange for an exam, contact the YWCA within 120 hours (5 days) of the incident (616.454.9922). We can also provide referrals for follow-up medical care and counseling.

Advocacy Resource Services

Crisis Help (No Cost)

Trained volunteer advocates are available 24 hours a day to help victims of sexual assault. They provide:

  • A confidential, supportive, listening ear by phone (616.454.9922).
  • Sensitive, supportive care for victims of sexual assault who need immediate help, a rape exam, are having flashbacks, etc.
  • Crisis services for friends or family who accompany victims seeking medical care or a rape exam, or who simply have concerns or questions about helping their loved one.
  • General referral information for local medical, legal, and counseling services.

Short Term Counseling (No Cost)

Individual sessions of short-term advocacy and supportive counseling are provided for sexual assault survivors. Trained advocates provide a sensitive environment where survivors can safely begin their recovery.

Support Groups (No Cost)

A facilitator-led support group is available to adult women who were sexually abused as children or sexually assaulted as adults. Drop-in attendance is welcomed.


Individual Therapy

As part of their ongoing healing, survivors are helped to evaluate and establish goals which aid them in moving beyond their assaults. Advocacy is also provided through support, education and referral.

Group Therapy

As needed, facilitator-led therapy groups are available to adolescents and adult women who were sexually assaulted with a focus on goals which aid them in moving beyond their assaults. Confirmed, ongoing participation is required.