Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center

YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual assault Prevention and Counseling Center provides counseling and medical and legal advocacy to victim survivors of sexual abuse and their significant 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

Or – you can email us at

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 with services by appointment:

  • Downtown Lancaster
  • Millersville
  • Columbia

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 us at 717-393-1735 or at

We are still open!

Victim Service Agencies across Pennsylvania are open! Prevention Educators wanted to share this message to remind you that we’re still here and available to help. Check out to find your local center, or call 1-888-772-7227.

YWCA Lancaster Stands beside the Victim Survivors

 “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.” – The opening paragraph of the Grand Jury Report into child sexual abuse by clergy members inside six of the eight Catholic Church dioceses in PA.

The results of this two-year long grand jury investigation were released in the form of the largest, most extensive US report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. This report detailed decades of child sexual abuse committed by known clergy and the subsequent systemic cover-up of those horrific crimes, here in Lancaster and our surrounding areas.

We, the staff of the designated rape crisis center in Lancaster PA, are struggling to find words to appropriately express the complexity of our reactions and feelings resulting from the publication of this report.

We are angry. Angry, because one of the most well-known institutions in the world, an institution were many sought solace and guidance, abused its power in one of the most heinous ways. We are angry because the systemic oppression within the Church system granted power, protection, and control to the predators who committed these vicious crimes.  We are angry because victim survivors summoned the courage to find their voice and disclosed the truth years (even decades) ago, but were not believed or supported. We are angry because once again, sexual perpetrators preyed upon a group of our most vulnerable and precious: children.

We acknowledge our anger, as it is real, necessary, and important to our healing. Yet we refuse to be controlled by anger. Instead, we work to allow this energy to motivate us in our efforts of increased support, awareness and change. We choose to sit on the side of hope. It is this hope we witness every day through the strength and resilience exhibited by children and adult victim survivors of sexual abuse.

We have hope that those affected by this case may begin to feel a sense relief, safety, and justice. We hope that persons working in institutions of power will recognize the impact that failing to report crimes against children has on both the individual and the community. We hope that voices continue to rise out of darkness and bring these crimes and abuses into the light for all to see.

We want to say to our community: we are here. We stand beside you to offer support, motivation, education, inspiration and hope. You are not alone.

777 survivors

of sexual assault and abuse, and their loved ones, received professional counseling and support at no cost. 27% of the clients counseled were children.