Survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones can benefit from MOCSA’s services not only in the immediate aftermath of an incident, but days, weeks, months, or even years following an assault. MOCSA’s 24-hour, free-of-charge services included crisis line support, hospital advocacy, criminal justice and personal advocacy. Interpreters can be provided for any language, spoken or signed. For more information, call our main office line at (816) 931-4527.
24-Hour Crisis Line
Trained MOCSA staff and volunteers answer a bi-state 24-hour anonymous hotline at any time of the day or night. The line is open to anyone who has questions or issues related to sexual violence. Trained advocates are available to provide emotional support, crisis intervention, information, referrals, and problem solving to victims of sexual violence as well as their friends and family members.
24-hour Crisis Line in Kansas: (913) 642-0233
24-hour Crisis Line in Missouri: (816) 531-0233
Relay Services: 7 - 1 - 1
If you or someone you know has recently been sexually assaulted, it is important to seek medical attention. This can be accomplished by going to your primary physician, or going to an area hospital emergency room for medical treatment and a forensic examination. A sexual assault forensic exam will assist with an investigation and potential prosecution should you choose to make a police report. Even if you do not wish to make a police report, you still have the right to a forensic medical exam.
Trained MOCSA advocates provide support and assistance to adolescent and adult rape and sexual assault victims during the forensic evidence collection exam at area hospital emergency departments. Advocates are on stand-by 24-hours a day to provide support, information, and referrals to victims and their families at hospitals throughout the metropolitan area. For a map of hospitals where MOCSA provides hospital advocacy, click here.
Things to consider before going to the hospital for a forensic exam:
- Don’t shower
- Don’t eat, drink, or brush your teeth
- Wear or bring the clothes you wore at the time of the assault to the hospital
- Try not to use the restroom until you are at the hospital
Police and Court Advocacy
It is always a survivor’s right to choose whether to report a sexual assault. Should someone wish to make a report, it should be done soon after the incident. You can call the police department in the city where the assault occurred, or go to a hospital emergency department that specializes in forensic care if the assault occurred within the last five days.
MOCSA advocates are available to accompany victims to file initial police reports, to provide support during detective interviews, and throughout the court process. If you have any questions about what to do or where to go, contact the MOCSA crisis line at (913) 642-0233 or (816) 531-0233.