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Support and Help

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Campus

Support and Help

Local Sexual Assault Services

  • Many Michigan communities have local sexual assault organizations. They can provide free and confidential support services such as crisis support, advocacy and counseling. These services are specialized for sexual assault victims. Many will have advocates who can accompany you to medical or legal appointments. They can help and provide resources to your family and friends.

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Support and Help

You don't have to go through this alone. You have choices and you are entitled to help. Seeking support can help your health and well-being. It is never too late to ask for help.

Campus Support and Counseling Services

Most campuses have confidential counseling services that are available free of charge to all students. Some campuses also have specific programs for survivors of sexual assault that can offer confidential support, advocacy and counseling. This information and more should be on the school’s website.


Family and Friends

For some survivors of sexual assault, family and friends can be helpful during this time of healing. They may help you feel safe just by being near or listening. They may also be able to provide emotional support and help you connect with services. Some family and friends are not willing or capable of being helpful. It is important for you to surround yourself with people who can support you on your healing journey.

Sexual Assault Hotline 27/4, Confidential, and Free

A Note on Confidential Help

Sometimes survivors want to keep what happened to them private. You have many options for confidential help from campus counseling centers and local sexual assault service organizations noted here. On campus, some people, like counselors, are confidential resources, while other individuals are required to notify the school. There are some legal exceptions to confidentiality. Feel free to ask any support person or counselor about their ability to keep your conversation confidential.

Michigan's Sexual Assault Hotline

National Sexual Assault Hotlines

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

TTY: 1-866-331-8453
Text: Loveis to 22522
Information and Chat:

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY: 1-800-787-3224
Information and Chat:

RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Information and Chat: