Click here to see Nebraska’s Network of Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Programs.
Nebraska Coalition To End Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Nebraska Coalition To End Sexual and Domestic Violence offers resources, advocacy, legal help, and direction to local services. They work to enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by supporting and building upon the services provided by the network of local programs. For more information, see their website, the victim’s bill of rights, or their blog.
Phone: (402) 471-4545
Address: 1600 Highway 2 Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime
For more information on the NCVC’s services near you, please call 1-800-944-6282.
Crime Victim Reparations
Nebraska’s Crime Victim Reparations Program is to assist innocent victims of crime who suffer bodily harm and have incurred a financial loss as a direct result of a criminal act. For more information, click here.
Victims’ Guide to Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System
Nebraska Army/Air National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
Phone: (402) 309-7198 or (402) 525-0078
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
If your situation is a medical emergency, please go to the emergency care center at your local hospital.
If you’re looking for alternative medical resources, these local clinics also provide medical care*:
Health Care at UNK
Central Health Center
Your local primary physician
*Don’t forget that these medical centers follow different rules regarding patient confidentiality. The information below may help you in making the decision to seek care.
“I need medical care, but I don’t want to report the incident.”
Your health and safety are of primary concern. Even if you don’t want to report the incident, you might still need to seek medical attention for the sake of your health. Just keep in mind that, if you tell them that a sexual assault has occurred, a medical personnel must notify law enforcement — regardless of your age. Also remember that there may not be enough evidence later on to prove that an assault occurred: forensic evidence that would prove sexual assault will begin to disappear after you change clothes, shower, etc. The first few hours after the assault are crucial if you decide later that you’d like to report or press charges.
“I need medical care, and I’d also like to report the incident.”
Your health and safety are of primary concern. If you would like to report the incident, it is best to report to law enforcement. They will most likely schedule a medical and forensic exam at the Family Advocacy Network and will address your medical needs in the process.
“I’d like to get counseling help.”
Your mental health is also very important; if you believe you have been sexually assaulted, it is perfectly understandable that you feel emotionally traumatized. It’s often a good idea to seek counseling or psychological help in your recovery. Your options for counseling include UNK Counseling Care (if you’re a student), The S.A.F.E. Center, and many private counselors throughout the area.
“What options do I have if I just had unprotected sex?”
After having unprotected sex, you can receive medical services like STI testing, pregnancy testing and/or a checkup from your personal physician, a local clinic, a local hospital, Central Health Center or UNK Health Care.
The State of Nebraska defines sexual assault in the following manner: “(1) Any person who subjects another person to sexual penetration (a) without the consent of the victim, (b) who knew or should have known that the victim was mentally or physically incapable of resisting or appraising the nature of his or her conduct, or (c) when the actor is nineteen years of age or older and the victim is at least twelve but less than sixteen years of age is guilty of sexual assault in the first degree.” (Source: nebraskalegislature.gov)
The state of Nebraska restricts its definition of sexual assault to the very specific act of penetration. Other crimes such as unwanted sexual contact or attention achieved by force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, tricks or violence, such as flashing, voyeurism, fondling, and attempted rape are defined by the state as “sexual harassment.” However, sexual harassment is a serious crime and should be reported.
Victims of both sexual assault and sexual harassment should feel welcome to utilize the resources available here and elsewhere, as many of these provide assistance to victims of both both crimes.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474