Speak Up About Sexual Harassment

One in three women and one in six men in the United States have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the National Sexual Violence Research Center. Sexual violence takes many forms, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence (IPV, also known as domestic violence) and human trafficking.

During this challenging time when national news and increased media attention shine a spotlight on sexual violence, we know many survivors re-experience traumatic memories and there may be many more moved to seek services in our community.

In recognition of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CommuniCare is sharing our awareness that sexual violence is an everyday concern of everyone in our community. We offer bilingual mental health and counseling services for all ages, including a Teen Clinic, and we specialize in providing trauma-focused care.

All forms of sexual violence are traumatic, having long-term impacts on both physical and mental health. Medical studies link the long-term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of health problems, such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime are more likely to report having asthma, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, poor physical and mental health. Human traffickers disproportionately target at-risk populations, including individuals who have experienced or have been exposed to other forms of violence and individuals disconnected from stable support networks, like runaways and homeless youth.

At CommuniCare, we stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. As a community health center, we know sexual violence affects many individuals of all ages in our patient population. CommuniCare provides a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and our providers are trained to be sensitive and provide care that is respectful and understanding in recognizing and responding to all types of trauma. Our primary care and behavioral health programs offer a wide variety of services to support trauma survivors.

To provide additional support for our patients and their families, we want to share with you the resources below.

Resources:

Empower Yolo
Assistance for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and child abuse in Yolo County.

  • 24/7 crisis intervention
  • Emergency shelter
  • Confidential counseling
  • Training

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Help available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Online chat available for additional privacy. For more info, see: https://www.thehotline.org/

RAINN | The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization
National sexual assault hotline

Break the Cycle/ Love is Respect

  • Resource for young people ages 12-24
  • 24/7 peer advocate line at
  • Call 866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522

The Yolo County DA
Get information and resources for victims of intimate partner violence

CommuniCare provides a supportive, confidential and safe place to speak out. If you have experienced unwanted sexual advances or assault, you are not alone! Speak up to a trusted medical or mental health provider. Walk-ins are always welcome or call to make an appointment now.

Contact your CommuniCare location:

Davis – (530) 758-2060
Woodland – (530) 405-2800
West Sacramento – (916) 403-2900

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