Why Get Help?

As a survivor of sexual assault, you are courageous, resilient and creatively resourceful in your own way. You deserve happiness and freedom from the challenges of your past. This is why it’s so important to get help. Aurora welcomes you with open arms. 

The Aurora Difference

Healing Services for Men and Women

Aurora Health Care is the only program of its kind in the Milwaukee area where survivors can get immediate medical care, short-term counseling and long-term healing services all in one program. Read more: Get help now.

Healing services from Aurora can help you move forward with life on your own terms. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of our survivors say of their experience:

  • Support for women: "I've gotten to meet lots of women who are in different stages of the healing process, which gives me hope, understanding and confidence in my own healing process." Find out more about our healing services.
  • Support for men: “When I first called, I was kind of nervous because I was looking for someone who had experience treating men. They welcomed me with just a very friendly attitude." Learn more about our support groups and long-term support for survivors.

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Healing Is Possible After Sexual Assault

After sexual assault, many people experience feelings like embarrassment that can make it difficult to ask for help. But getting help can open the door to a level of healing you may not be able to achieve on your own.

We help you overcome many of the common feelings survivors experience, including:

  • Feeling bad, dirty or ashamed
  • Having trouble knowing how to feel
  • Being afraid of your feelings
  • Hating your body and the way it functions
  • Finding it difficult to trust others
  • Experiencing panic when people get too close
  • Avoiding sex or pursuing sex you don't want

Our Services

Services and Support to Help Sexual Assault Survivors Thrive

Healing and advocacy support services from Aurora are available to you at no cost. Most of our services are available without an appointment, which makes it easier to get the help you need precisely when you need it.

Our services include:

  • Forensic nursing: Our specially trained forensic nurses perform medical exams and collect evidence that can be used in court. You can also just talk with our nurses to learn more about your options. Find out more about forensic nursing.
  • Advocacy: Our advocates are dedicated to helping survivors navigate the many pathways a healing journey may take. From discussing support options to accessing medical care, we are with you through every step of your healing journey. Learn more about survivor advocacy.
  • Counseling: One-on-one and group counseling services help you get the emotional support you need. Our experienced counselors also help you overcome challenges throughout your healing journey. Get counseling and support groups.
  • Special services: We keep your recovery moving forward with special services that include support for loved ones of survivors. We also help you take care of yourself with access to free body energy and movement classes, like yoga. Read more about our special services for survivors.
  • Support for pregnant women and newborn babies: We help pregnant women and new moms escape domestic violence, which can put babies at risk for health complications. With support from our dedicated nurse manager, most moms deliver and care for healthy babies. Find out more about our Safe Mom Safe Baby program.

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Your right to privacy means that no one needs to know that you are pursuing healing or advocacy services. If you have concerns that someone may see you’ve been to our website, clearing your browser history can help you maintain your privacy.

Contact Us

We welcome inquiries from survivors, referring organizations and local agencies. Call our 24-hour hotline today.

Get Involved

Make a difference in the lives of the survivors we care for. Contact us for Volunteer Opportunities.

Come See Us

Get help at a healing center or forensic nursing location – you do not need an appointment. 

Make a Donation

Most of our services are available at no cost, thanks to generous donors.