Services are available to all residents in the communities of
Cambria and Somerset Counties. Prevention education programs are presented in all area schools from preschool through grade twelve in an age-appropriate, culturally-sensitive manner that provides for an interactive learning experience in the two-county area. In addition our agency provides programs to community groups and trainings to human service providers, law enforcement personnel, hospital personnel, and other professionals in the communities of Cambria and Somerset Counties. All programs are presented in an informative and professional manner and most programs can be adapted to meet the needs of specific populations and age groups.
If you believe that you have been a victim of rape:
- Get to a safe place.
- Seek medical attention. If you are considering police involvement, you should go to the emergency room within 48 hours, if possible.
- Do not bathe, shower, eat, drink, brush your teeth or go to the bathroom before going to the emergency room. Valuable evidence remains on your body and clothes. However, if you have already done these things, please don’t let this stop you from seeking medical care. You may have injuries that you can’t see.
- Do not change your clothes (if you already have, put your clothes in a clean paper bag and bring them with you to the emergency room). Bring a change of clothing if you can.
- In Cambria or Somerset County, you can request that the hospital staff contact Victim Services. An advocate can meet you at the hospital or speak with you on the phone. This is a free and confidential service. If not in Cambria or Somerset County, you can have a hospital staff person contact the nearest rape crisis center or PCAR at 1-888-772-PCAR.
- Please be aware that hospital staff will likely report your assault to the police. It is up to you if you would like to talk to the officer or not. If you decide to make a police report, the sooner you report the better.
- If you are concerned about pregnancy, ask for emergency contraception. There are two prescription methods available, but both must be given within 72 hours.
- If you are concerned about HIV, contact the county Department of Health office. Testing is done anonymously. If testing is done at the hospital, it will be part of your medical record.
- As a victim, you may be eligible for reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket expenses from the Pennsylvania Victims Compensation program. Contact Victim Services for additional information at 814-288-4961 or 814-443-1555.
- Please call us for support. No matter what you decide to do, we are here for you. Our services are free and confidential. Contact Victim Services and ask to speak with a counselor .