Sexual Assault

“At C4 I found a support system that helped me . . .
and allowed myself to bloom.” - Sharon

Sharon was helped by C4’s Art Therapy Program.

Mental Health Problems

True or False?

  • A woman cannot be raped if she does not want to be.
  • The typical rapist is a stranger to the victim.
  • Most rapes occur in a dark alley.

All of the above are false. Physical force is used in 85 percent of all rapes. Eighty percent of all rapists are relatives, friends or acquaintances of the victim. Most rapes occur in the home or office, on a date, or in a familiar environment. According to the Illinois State police, 5,596 persons were raped in 2007. Because two out of three rapes go unreported, the actual figure is much higher. Some assaults may end in serious physical injury or even death. There can also be the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or disease. But the most common long-term effects of sexual assault and rape are invisible. Shortly after the attack, sexual assault survivors may often feel shock and detached, like being in a dream. They may have difficulty remembering parts of the assault. They may relive the assault through repeated thoughts, memories, flashbacks or nightmares. They have difficulty sleeping and concentrating. Thirty percent of all rape survivors develop Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and may experience:

  • Fear (of anything related to assault)
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-injury
  • Self blame
  • Flashbacks
  • Memory problems
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleeping problems

In the long term, rape survivors are at an increased risk for suicide and substance use disorders.


Recovering from Rape?

Recognize effects of rape.
C4’s sexual assault counseling can help.

Signs You Need Help

The confusion, anger and fear following sexual assault is often overwhelming. For people who have experienced sexual assault, deciding when or even if to seek professional help is highly personal.

Although many experts say it is better to seek help and start healing earlier, many people are not ready to seek counseling soon after an assault.

Many sexual assault survivors decide to seek help when the assault has made it harder to function at work, home, or in relationships. They may be suffering from flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, or fear that is triggered by a reminder of the attack.

When you are ready to seek help, C4 offers a safe atmosphere where survivors can find support, resources and strength. All services are confidential.

Our Services

 C4's rape trauma services act as a lifeline to survivors who have experienced rape, childhood incest and other forms of sexual violence. The decision to talk about sexual assault or an abusive relationship is very difficult. C4 offers a safe and trusted atmosphere where survivors can find support, resources and strength. Protecting your privacy is very important to us. That’s why our services are confidential. 


C4 offers individual and group counseling sessions to help sexual assault survivors cope with the trauma they have experienced. Counseling can take various forms; depending on which type can best help the survivor. C4 staff is trained to facilitate Trauma-Related Model (TREM), groups, which recognize the trauma as the central event. Other groups may focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which teaches participants to respond to stress in healthy ways by using mindfulness. For more information about C4's rape  trauma services,  or to make an appointment, call 773.769.0205 or write