YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Counseling Center provides support and advocacy for victim survivors of sexual abuse, for significant others, and for other family members. The goal is to facilitate healing and empowerment for those who have experienced sexual trauma. The Counseling Center utilizes special programs designed for children, adolescents, and adults to meet their diverse needs.
The Counseling Center is thankful to have a mobile counselor who is able to serve clients in school settings across Lancaster County. Our mobile counselor works with schools to establish a confidential place within each school where our specialized counseling can occur, where we can ensure that necessary releases and permission by a guardian(s) are obtained, and where the child can be served in a comfortable and safe setting. Having a traveling counselor eliminates some of the barriers that families may face that would inhibit their child receiving services, such as transportation, financial issues, fear of a new environment, and others.
All counseling services are confidential and are at no cost. Staff members or trained volunteer advocates are available 24 hours a day through our sexual assault hotline: 717.392.7273
The Counseling Center is also deeply committed to heightening the community’s awareness of child sexual assault issues through primary prevention programs.
We feel every victim survivor of sexual violence should have access to exceptional mental health services. In addition to our downtown location, we have created the following satellite sites throughout Lancaster County:
- Downtown Lancaster: Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (110 N. Lime St., Lancaster)
- Columbia Community Action Program
- Ephrata Community Action Program
- Millersville University
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) designates the YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Center as the Rape Crisis Center for Lancaster County.
For further information about our services or to arrange a counseling session, please contact Iesha Fitzgerald.
You Are Not Alone
Victim survivors of sexual abuse often feel alone and isolated. YWCA Lancaster is launching a video campaign in support of victim survivors with the empowering message: “You’re Not Alone”. Sexual abuse is an epidemic; the uprising of the social media viral response #MeToo highlights the prevalence of this crime and how many people have experienced numerous forms of sexual violence.
In light of the many brave women who have come forward and shared their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of well known, powerful men, victim survivors of ALL genders need to know they’re not alone, now more than ever.
of sexual assault and abuse, and their loved ones, received professional counseling and support at no cost.