We can provide immediate crisis counseling, help with referrals and linkage to community resources.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Consent has to be clearly and freely given and the absence of "no" is not consent. Consent cannot be coerced through threats of harm, when the assailant knows or has reason to know that the survivor is mentally incapacitated (temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling their conduct due to influence of narcotics, alcohol, etc.), or when the survivor is physically helpless (unconscious, asleep, or for any other reason physically unable to communicate unwillingness).
If anyone is under the influence of alcohol they cannot give consent.
The survivor may not want to press charges or get counseling. The YWCA Sexual Assault program or the Center for Women in Transition in Holland can check for physical injury, discuss STD prevention, emergency contraception, and collection of evidence in case the survivor changes their mind at a later date about reporting. These agencies also have staff who can discuss options and other services that are available.