Sometimes people have questions about how we can help or what happens when you call us. We've answered some questions we get often. If we don't answer your question here, please contact us.
What if what happened was a long time ago?
You can still call. Some people call right away. Some people call after many years. Whenever it happened we will listen and give you support.
If I call, do I have to talk to the police?
No you do not have to tell the police what happened. It is up to you. We won’t tell you what to do and we are not part of the police department.
Will you tell anyone about what I tell you?
Our services are confidential, which means that we don't tell anyone what you say or that you called us. But, we are mandated reporters. That means we have to follow Maine state reporting laws. If we think you are under 18 and you tell us any information that makes us think you are being abused or neglected, we may have to share this with other adults to help keep you safe.
Can anyone call?
Yes. We will help anyone no matter who they are.
Can I call for a friend?
Yes. We will help you think of ways to support your friend. We can also talk with you about your own feelings about what happened to your friend.
Why should I call?
You may feel mad, sad, or scared.
You may want to get help for yourself. You may want to get help for a friend.
You may want to talk to someone or ask questions.
You may want to find out your rights. You may want to find other services.
You may need help making sure you’re safe.
What do I do if a child tells me about abuse?
You may not know what to say or do. We will help you come up with a plan. You can also follow this link for basic help.
What are my rights as a victim of crime in Maine?
All victims of crime are entitled to the following rights:
To be treated with dignity and respect.
To be assisted by criminal justice agencies.
To be free from intimidation.
To be informed about the criminal justice system.
Whenever practicable, to be notified of plea agreements, and the right to comment on them.
Whenever practicable, to be notified of all judicial proceedings, including time and place of trial.
To have input at sentencing.
To request restitution.
To request compensation from the Victim Compensation Board for unreimbursed medical and medically-related expenses for victims of violent crime.
To be notified of an offender’s release from institutional confinement in all felony cases.
To be provided with a pamphlet containing certain statutes which pertain to victims’ rights.
Maine’s sexual assault support advocates can help you access these rights. Even if you don’t think you are the victim of a crime, you can contact an advocate for support, help, and to ask questions. Maine Department of Corrections Victims’ Services also has a toll-free hotline: 1-800-968-6909 .
How do I learn more?
You can call or email us to learn more. We are happy to answer any of your questions. Remember: email is not a private way to talk to us about sexual assault. All other ways you contact us are private.