For Immediate help Call RAINN Available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. – Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

  • At any given moment, more than 1,100 trained volunteers are on duty and available to help victims at RAINN-affiliated crisis centers across the country.
  • How does the National Sexual Assault Hotline work?  The concept behind the hotline is simple. When a caller dials 1.800.656.HOPE, a computer notes the area code and first three digits of the caller's phone number. The call is then instantaneously connected to the nearest RAINN member center. If all counselors at that center are busy, the call is sent to the next closest center. The caller's phone number is not retained, so the call is anonymous and confidential unless the caller chooses to share personally-identifying information.
  • The Online Hotline provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual violence, their friends, and families over RAINN's website. The Online Hotline is free of charge and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week!

SAFE4ATHLETES is continually adding counselors to our recommended list (if you are a counselor and would like to be added to the the list click here for more information), please click here to see our if there is a counselor that specializes in your needs. In helping you learn about how to pick a counselor and what to expect we have provided some information to help you through the process.


MaleSurvivor is the leading resource for men who have been sexually injured.  MaleSurvivor is committed to preventing, healing and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization, including of boys and men, through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy and activism.

The organization offers moderated online discussion boards and a Professional Resource Directory.  MaleSurvivor also operates a world renowned Weekend of Recovery Program, a national Dare to Dream Program  and hosts International Conferences on Male Sexual Victimization.  The MaleSurvivor website is located at

Interviewing a Therapist

Choosing the right therapist is important and often difficult to do simply by looking at advertisements. Credentials can be important, but are not the whole story.

Your mental health plan referral line can guide you to therapists with verified credentials and experience with particular types of problems. Primary care, ob/gyn and other physicians often see patients with emotional problems who may benefit from therapy. These practitioners, after listening to your situation, are in a good position to help you determine what type of therapist would be best, and can also help you identify local professionals in whom they have trust. Your physician might even have a person to whom she typically refers patients.

Word of mouth may also be helpful in selecting a therapist.

While people are still reticent about talking about mental health, experiences of friends or relatives can be valuable.

Finally, you can consult referral hotlines of professional organizations, including your state or local medical society, association or other professional group. They often list members who specialize in situations similar to yours. Click here to Read More

Process of Therapy

While each individual experience of therapy is likely to vary, the following can give you an idea of what to expect as you enter therapy.

Your first contact with a therapist is likely to be with an office staff person. In a private office setting, your first contact will likely be with the therapist himself. This is the time to ask questions about fees, hours (e.g., evening appointment availability) and cancellation policy (e.g., will you be billed for missed appointments?). In the clinic setting, you can get some general information about the therapist (e.g., education, general orientation). However, more detailed information should likely be directed to the practitioner.

The staff person you speak with will ask you a number of questions. After obtaining some general demographic data, he will ask for an overview of your problem, and whether anyone referred you to this particular therapist. You will also discuss any insurance or payment issues.

Based on your needs and the therapist’s schedule, an appointment will be made. Occasionally, due to the nature of your problem and the therapist’s experience or schedule, the therapist may decide that your problem would be better treated by someone else. Such a situation is merely an affirmation by the therapist that you deserve treatment by a therapist best able to meet your particular situation. Click here to Read More

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