If You Have Experienced Sexual Violence

What happened to you is not your fault. 
You are strong, brave and supported. 
We believe you and we believe in you. 
If you want to talk to someone right now, call 218-726-1931

We believe you and we believe in you.

  • An advocate is someone who supports a victim-survivor of sexual violence.
  • Advocates will share their knowledge, offer options, and empower you through your healing. You have the right to make your own decisions.
  • An advocate will explain confidentiality to you and not share your information without your permission.
  • Advocates can also provide support for family and friends.
  • You can get support at any time, when you are ready.
  • PAVSA has a variety of services available to you. Learn more here.

All are welcome!
A PAVSA advocate is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 218-726-1931

Other support is also available through our community partners:
First Witness Child Advocacy Center: www.firstwitness.org
Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center: www.safehavenshelter.org
Center Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse (Superior, WI): www.casda.org
Dabinoo’Igan Shelter: www.aicho.org/dabinooigan
Life House: www.lifehouseduluth.org

 

You are strong, brave, and supported.

  • You have the right to medical care at no cost to you.
  • Go to one of these hospital emergency rooms. Let the hospital staff know that you have experienced sexual violence.
  • You do not have to report to police to get medical care.
  • You will be offered a medical exam, medications to prevent STI’s and/or pregnancy, and an opportunity to have evidence collected.

Essentia/St. Mary’s ER Duluth: 407 E 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805
St. Luke’s ER: 1030 E 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Lake View Memorial ER: 325 11th Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Essentia/St. Mary’s ER Superior: 3500 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

Need help with transportation?
Have questions about what to expect at the hospital?
A PAVSA advocate is available 24/7 at 218-726-1931

What happened to you is not your fault.

  • You have the right to get evidence collected at no cost to you. The evidence will be collected and sealed in a kit.
  • Go to one of these hospital emergency rooms. Let the hospital staff know you have experienced sexual violence.
  • You do not have to report to police to get evidence collected.
  • Along with evidence collection, you will be offered a medical exam and medications to prevent STI’s and/or pregnancy.

Essentia/St. Mary’s ER Duluth: 407 E 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805
St. Luke’s ER: 1030 E 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805
Lake View Memorial ER: 325 11th Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Essentia/St. Mary’s ER Superior: 3500 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

If you have had a kit collected, a PAVSA advocate can help you to know the status of your kit.

Need help with transportation?
Have questions about what to expect at the hospital?
A PAVSA advocate is available 24/7 at 218-726-1931

After a sexual assault you may feel powerless. We’re here for you, whatever you decide.

  • You chose whether or not to report to police. You do not have to report to police to get medical care or evidence collected.
  • If you decide to report to police, a PAVSA advocate can help.
  • You can make a report to police at any time, when you are ready.
  • PAVSA will not share your information with the police without your consent.

Have questions about reporting to police? Need assistance getting an update on your case? A PAVSA advocate is available 24/7 at 218-726-1931

We are here to get you through this without judgment.

  • If you are concerned for your safety, you can apply for a protection or restraining order, known as an Order for Protection (OFP) or Harassment Restraining Order (HRO).
  • A PAVSA advocate can assist in completing the application with you and attend any court hearings.

Do you want to know more about protection orders? A PAVSA advocate is available 24/7 at 218-726-1931

These Rights Are Yours

You have many rights and we can help you understand all of them better. We want you to know that you have the power to decide how many of these rights you want to use and how you want to use them.

A PAVSA advocate is available 24/7 at 218-726-1931

Get Support

You have the right to:
• Make decisions about what happens next
• have an advocate to support you, when you are ready
• know your advocate will explain confidentiality to you

Get Medical Care

You have the right to:
• decide if you want to have a sexual assault exam done or not
• have the exam done at no cost to you
• have an advocate present to answer questions and support your decisions

Get Evidence Collected

You have the right to:
• have evidence collected without reporting to police
• know the testing status and results of your sexual assault kit

Report to Police

You have the right to:
• decide if you want to report to the police or not
• report to police at any time, when you are ready.
• have an advocate with you during a police interview

Apply for an OFP/HRO

You have the right to:
• apply for a protection order against the person who assaulted you
• have an advocate with you at any court hearing