Sexual violence occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. Force is not just physical force or violence, but includes verbal pressure, tricks, bribes, and threats.
Resources Available in Rhode Island:
Day One’s mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence and to advocate for those affected by it. Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern.
(401) 421-4100 (M-F, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
(800) 494-8100 (24-hour Helpline)
Individual and group counseling for children and adults
RI Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)
Legal advocacy through Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
The Office of Victim Services at the RI Department of Corrections
Law Enforcement Advocates
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
Psycho-educational services for incarcerated men and women who are victims of childhood sexual abuse and assault
View the new Statewide Sexual Assault Protocols developed by the RI Adult Sexual Assault Task Force
(401) 765-3232 – Helpline
(401) 861-6191 – Drop-in Center & Business
386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Serving: Burrillville, Centerdale, Chepachet, Clayville, Fiskeville, Fortsdale, Foster, Glendale, Greenville, Harmony, Mapleville, Harrisville, North Scituate, North Smithfield, Pascoag, Providence, Scituate, and Woonsocket
Sojourner House is a comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault agency. Their Sexual Health Advocacy Program works to highlight the importance of sexual health and fulfillment in the overall healing process.
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
(401) 738-1700 – Hotline
(401) 738-9700 – Business
821 West Shore Road, Warwick, RI 02889 (Drop-in Center)
P.O. Box 9476, Warwick, RI 02889
Serving: Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, Foster, Johnston, North Providence, Scituate, Warwick, West Greenwich, and West Warwick
The mission of the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is to end the perpetration and societal tolerance of interpersonal violence, including all forms of domestic and sexual abuse and, until that is achieved, to provide comprehensive services to victims and education in the community.
Sexual Assault Frequently Asked Questions
The answers to these frequently asked questions include input from law enforcement, colleges and universities, medical providers, victim advocates, military organizations, adult service agencies, and more.
The Statewide Resource for Sexual Assault Survivors questions and answers were amassed by the Rhode Island Statewide Adult Sexual Assault Task Force.
Sexual Assault Facts and Statistics
Click the button below to read facts and statistics on sexual assault, both nationally and locally.
Resource Guide for Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Click the button below to read the Rhode Island Resource Guide for Collegiate Survivors of Sexual Assault.
For laws and guidelines on Sexual Harassment in Rhode Island, please visit the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights.