If you have been sexually assaulted you may call our crisis line any time for help.
Â Call (812) 336-0846
Â Â It is not your fault. You are not alone. We believe you.
Sexual Violence is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact or behavior. Middle Way House supports survivors of sexual violence, and we are here for you 24/7/365.Â
All conversations are confidential and based on the model of empowermentÂ that is used in all Middle Way House programs.
Our sexual assault services include:
Advocacy, “On-sceneÂ Advocates”
- Over the phone: Our advocates, are available 24/7/365 to discuss, process, and support people who have experienced sexual violence, or know someone who has experienced sexual violence. This includes but is not limited to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex trafficking. In addition to this support, advocates can help connect you with community resources, develop safety plans, and provide you with information regarding your options.Â
- In Person: Our advocates can meet with you at the hospital, police station, Middle Way House, and the clerks office. Our OSAs can help you navigate the various different agencies you may work with post-assault, provide emotional support, and connect you with community resources. These advocates are also available 24/7/365.
The Middle Way House Legal Advocate Program provides legal advocatesÂ who work directly with sexual assault victims. Legal advocates assist clients in protective orders, and make referrals to Middle Way House services and community resources. If a sexual assault survivor is involved in the legal system, legal advocates and MWHÂ trained legal program volunteers accompany victims to court hearings and case-related appointments to provide emotional support. Volunteers monitor court hearings and assist advocates as needed.Â Legal advocates do not tell survivors what to do or force them to makeÂ any decisions regarding their particular situation.
Legal advocate staff are well trained and experienced in providing safety planning and can discuss many of the technical, medical, and legal aspects that may beÂ relevant after sexual assault or rape has occurred. Many victims of domestic violence experience sexual assault as a form of their abuse and MWH legal advocates are able to address the intersection of these issues.
Middle Way HouseÂ Legal advocates coordinate services with the Protective Order Project, at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, which provides assistance with volunteer attorney back-up for persons seeking protective orders, and the Monroe County Clerks Office for victims who are self-petitioning.
Outside of Monroe County, legal advocates are available to assist people in Greene, Lawrence, Owen, Martin, and Morgan counties either over the phone or by clients visiting our Bloomington office location.