YWCA Richmond is on a mission to prevent sexual assault and to empower survivors of all ages. For Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017, we will host free advocacy skill-building workshops and a special film screening event. We hope you’ll join us on our mission to create a more empowered RVA by standing up to sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

About Sexual Assault

Sexual violence is defined as any unwanted sexual contact. This contact can range from verbal behavior to forced intercourse. A behavior is sexually violent if consent has not been given. Consent is permission that is intelligently and freely given. This means that if someone is being threatened or intimidated, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or is underage, that person cannot consent to sexual activity. Sexual violence can occur between strangers or between people that know each other.

In fact, a majority of the time, the perpetrator is a close friend, significant other, or even a family member. Sexual violence does not discriminate. Anyone can be a victim, regardless of race, gender, age, socioeconomic status or education level.

Click here to learn more about sexual assault.

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • YWCA Richmond’s first point of intake for supportive services for survivors is the free, 24/7, confidential Greater Richmond Regional Hotline: 804-612-6126. Specialists at our hotline may also direct callers to resources closer or more appropriate for their particular needs.
  • Click here for a full list of community & national resources.

Upcoming Events

Events will be held at YWCA Richmond, 6 N 5th St, Richmond, VA 23219 unless otherwise noted. All events are free and open to all. Registration is strongly encouraged. Visit our Eventbrite page to sign up for these events: ywcarva.eventbrite.com


Lunch Discussion
April 19 – 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.

Virginia Center on Aging’s Program Manager, Courtney O’Hara, will speak about the issue of elder sexual abuse and the importance of supporting survivors no matter the age.

Film Screening + Discussion
April 20 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St.

See the documentary raising awareness about teenage sexual violence, cyber bullying, and community involvement in supporting survivors. A discussion will follow facilitated by YWCA Richmond’s teen facilitation group and Hermitage High School’s Girl Up Club. Presented in partnership with Safe Harbor.

Please direct all inquiries to:
Rachael Kaufman, Community Outreach Specialist
804-643-6761 ext. 101

Past Events

Lunch Discussion
April 5 – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Hear from Virginia Union University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Dolores Carrington-Hill, about how Title IX helps survivors and how we as individuals, groups, and communities can support and prevent sexual violence on college campuses

Free Training + Certification
April 10 – 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

In partnership with Greater Richmond SCAN, YWCA Richmond will host this globally recognized training on how to recognize, react to and prevent child sexual abuse.