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Sexual Assault Center

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Growing Strong is a rape crisis center in Decatur, Illinois. We provide healing services to survivors of sexual violence, and to their family members and significant others.

24/7 Hotline: 217-428-0770

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Growing Strong is here to help all sexual violence survivors, whether the violence took place today or 30 years ago.

Sexual Violence Includes:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking
  • Rape
  • Prison rape
  • Sex trafficking
  • Dating violence
  • Drug facilitated sexual assault
  • Child sexual assault

Our advocates offer free, confidential support to survivors of sexual violence throughout Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, DeWitt and Shelby counties. These free and confidential services also extend to significant others and family members.

If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important to know that this is not your fault–no matter the circumstances. Survivors of sexual violence are not to blame. Only the perpetrator is at fault.

What are my options if I have been sexually assaulted?

If you have experienced sexual violence, consider doing the following:

Go to a safe place

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Help will come to you.

Call Growing Strong

Our Sexual Assault Support Advocates are available to assist survivors 24/7 through our hotline. Call 217-428-0770 for immediate support and guidance. We can help you think through your options.

Seek Medical Care Immediately

Sexual assault is a medical emergency. Illinois state law assures that survivors will not face out-of-pocket costs for emergency treatment. In Decatur, Decatur Memorial Hospital is authorized to treat sexual assault survivors. If possible, try not to bathe, change clothes, or otherwise clean up yourself or your surroundings – preserving evidence preserves your options!