Sexual Abuse and Assault: Utah Resources

Center for Women and Children in Crisis

The mission of the Center for Women and Children in Crisis is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In fulfilling this important mission, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has two locations and administers several programs with the dedication of multiple full and part time staff members. Programs include basic shelter services, children's program, after care program, transitional housing, domestic violence outreach services, sexual assault services, prevention education programs, and a rural domestic violence program. 

The Laws in Your State: Utah

This resource was created and is maintained by Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). From the definition of rape to a person's ability to consent—the laws about sexual violence vary from state to state. Learn more about laws in Utah.

MAN Utah

The Men’s Anti-violence Network of Utah (MAN) was formed in 2009 by men concerned about continuing interpersonal violence in Utah and wanting to do something to make the state safer. Today, MAN of Utah continues to grow its membership and is working closely with the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), the Utah Domestic Violence Council (UDVC), the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) and other partners to prevent interpersonal violence in Utah. The website includes a section with facts about domestic violence in Utah and the US and sexual violence in Utah and the US, a MAN Pledge to never commit or condone violence, an events calendar, and a blog.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah

855-323-3237: Utah Child Abuse Reporting Hotline


Founded in 1982, the mission of Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU) is to forge and guide a community commitment to prevent child abuse in all forms through programs, services, public awareness, education, public policy development and system partner collaboration. The website includes information about PCAU's programs, events, and an extensive resource library, which includes frequently asked questions, local community resources and services with an interactive map of Utah, and research and data


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Rape and Sexual Assault

If you or someone you love is in a violent relationship, call these FREE hotlines open 24 hours a day/7 days a week: Utah Domestic Violence Link Line: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1-888-421-1100 

Rape Crisis Programs in Utah


Utah Department of Health's rape and sexual assault overview includes information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a media toolkit, information about the economic impact of rape and sexual assault, rape and sexual assault definitions and statistics, and references. Preventing rape and sexual assault includes information on the bystander approach, involving and working with men, building community coalitions, and references. 


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Rape Recovery Center

The mission of the Rape Recovery Center is to empower those victimized by sexual violence through advocacy, crisis intervention, and therapy and to educate the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of sexual violence.


Crisis Line: 801.467.7273

Certified Crisis Counselors available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to provide anonymous crisis intervention, information, and support.

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) brings awareness to the pervasive issue of sexual assault and to works to foster a society where sexual violence is no longer tolerated.


Resources from UCASA: 

  • 1-888-421-1100: The Utah Sexual Violence Crisis Line is a safe, confidential service offered to sexual violence survivors anywhere in the state. When you call the 24-hour sexual violence crisis line, you’ll be routed to a local UCASA affiliate organization in your area based on the first six digits of your phone number.
  • Map of Sexual Assault Services: Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) has created and maintains an interactive map of Utah that provides up-to-date and current resources for survivors of sexual assault throughout the state.
  • Mobile App: You Are a Survivor: mobile application that puts you in control. The information, insights, and tips included in this special mobile application were designed with survivors in mind.

Sexual Abuse and Assault: National Resources

1 in 6

The mission of 1 in 6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. This includes providing resources for people who care about them. Information is available in English and Spanish (en español). Includes sections on defining unwanted sexual experiences for men, the 1 in 6 statistic, common questions, male survivor stories, topics, recommended books & films, myths and facts, a section for family and friends, and additional resources.


Free & anonymous online support groups meet every Monday and Wednesday. Learn more and join us at 1in6.org/SupportGroup

Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know About Sexual Abuse

Published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know About Sexual Abuse is a 58-page guide in PDF format with sections on child sexual abuse facts, questions and answers about child sexual abuse, what to do if your child discloses sexual abuse, coping with the shock of intrafamilial abuse, acquaintance rape, preventing acquaintance rape, a survival guide for victims of acquaintance rape, sexual development and behavior in children, understanding and coping with sexual behavior problems in children, and coping with the emotional stress of the legal system.

Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities. Child sexual abuse is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary. Statistics published by the National Center for Victims of Crime represent some of the research done on child sexual abuse.

Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. The website includes section headings: 

  • The Issue: statistics, the impact, prevalence of child sexual abuse, and sexual trafficking
  • Get Help: identifying child sexual abuse, being the trusted adult, reporting child sexual abuse, and national resources
  • Education & Training: 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children, Stewards of Children®, educational videos, and additional training
  • Resources: for parents and individuals, for organizations, for survivors, and other resources
  • Get Involved: advocate for the issue, champion education, share your story, and stay informed

Highlighted training and resources:

  • 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children: Child sexual abuse is an adult issue. One in 10 children in the U.S. will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Darkness to Light believes that adults are responsible for the safety of children and that adults should be taking proactive steps to protect children from sexual abuse. It is unrealistic to think that a child should be responsible for fending off sexual advances by an adult.
  • Child Sexual Abuse Statistics
  • Stewards of Children®: Prevention training featuring real people and real stories about protecting children from sexual abuse.
  • Talking to Children About Body Safety (PDF): Stewards of Children® is a training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse using the 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™. Step 3 of the 5 Steps, “Talk About It,” teaches adults to have open, age-appropriate conversations with children about topics like body safety, sex, and boundaries. Take Stewards of Children for in-depth insight and training.
  • Talking with Children About Safety from Sexual Abuse (PDF): Having age-appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex, and boundaries is an important step in protecting children from sexual abuse.

It's On Us

Launched in September 2014, It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault, with a particular focus on college campuses. The campaign combines innovative creative content and grassroots organizing techniques to spark conversation on a national and local level. The campaign works with 95 partners and students on over 500 campuses. The website's tools section includes a Consent Discussion Guide, Bystander Intervention, and PSA script, including videos with celebrity PSAs.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The mission of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. The NSVRC website includes extensive resources for survivors, friends & family, advocates & educators, and media & press, as well as events, blogs, and NSVRC publications.


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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Safe Helpline

Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call or text—providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere. 


Hotline: 877.995.5247

Start By Believing

Most victims of sexual assault never report the crime to law enforcement, often because of the responses they receive from friends and family members. 


The Start by Believing campaign is designed to change this. By preparing both professionals and loved ones to respond appropriately to sexual assault disclosures, we help to improve outcomes for victims—one reaction at a time. Site resources also include graphics, templates, brochures, and print materials, with many also available in Spanish.


Start By Believing Day: This day was started to build on momentum that began in April 2015, when State Representative Angela Romero sponsored a resolution to declare the first annual Start by Believing Day in Utah.


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While every effort has been made to ensure resources shared are safe and reputable, no resource is endorsed or guaranteed by Utah's Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative or its members.  No resource listed is in an any way a substitute for obtaining professional help.

  

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