If you have experienced sexual violence,
you may call our 24/7 help and crisis line at any time.
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.
All services are free and confidential and are based on the empowerment model used in all of our programs. conversations are confidential and based on the empowerment model used in all of our programs.
Sexual Violence Support Services Include:
- Over the phone: 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.
- In Person: Our advocates can meet with you at the hospital, police station, Middle Way House, and the office of the Monroe County Clerk. On-scene advocates can help you navigate the various agencies you may work with post-assault, provide emotional support, and connect you with community resources. These advocates are also available 24/7/365. On-scene advocacy is also available in Greene County for both the hospital and law enforcement agencies (812) 384-8769. It is also available for law enforcement agencies in Martin (812- 295-2993) and Owen (812- 829-1660) counties.
Survivors of incest may choose to attend one or both groups, which are well attended and, through word of mouth and outreach efforts, continue to grow. While the support groups are facilitated by crisis intervention staff, topics and focus areas are led by participants’ needs and desires. Both groups are free and ongoing. Survivors may request to join at any time. To learn more about these support groups, contact the 24/7 help and crisis line (812.336.0846) and ask to speak with a facilitator.
The Middle Way House Legal Advocacy Program provides legal advocates who work directly with survivors of sexual violence. Legal advocates can assist clients in petitioning the court for 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 MWH 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. Because we believe survivors are in the best position to make decisions about their own lives, legal advocates provide options and do not tell survivors what to do or force them to make any decisions regarding their particular situation.
Our legal advocates are well trained and experienced in providing safety planning and can discuss many of the technical, medical, and legal aspects that may be relevant after sexual assault or rape has occurred. Many victims of domestic violence experience sexual assault as a form of their abuse. Legal advocates are able to help survivors address the intersection of these issues.
Our legal advocacy program also coordinates services with the Protective Order Project (POP), 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 over the phone, and clients can visit our Owen, Greene and Martin County locations, or our Bloomington office location for legal advocacy. Contact information for the county offices can be found here.
- Sexual violence is about power and control, not about sex.
- Most survivors of sexual violence know their perpetrator.
- Anyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, or level of ability, can experience or perpetrate sexual violence.
- Sexual violence is NOT the survivors fault.
- Silence is not consent.