DELAWARE - As new stories of sexual assault and harassment increase, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services are encouraging survivors to seek support.
SOAR, meaning survivors of abuse in recovery, is a 25-year non-profit providing mental health services for victims in the first state.
SOAR tells 47 ABC that there's actually an increase of calls during the holidays.
Counselors will listen and support you regardless of your ability to pay.
One thing they do emphasize is that it's never too late to reach out.
We are told it’s a crisis no matter how long it’s been. SOAR's Executive Director, Valerie Marek says, "A vast majority of victims that were abused by the age of 10, wait more than 20 years to come forward and receive help."
If you need help, you can call and leave a message confidentially. They will return your call in 48 hours.
If you apply, you will then be scheduled with a professional mental health counselor. We are told that person will spend time administering psychological measurements to assess the degree of harm that has been done. From there, they can direct you to whatever services needed moving forward.
SOAR has 4 locations throughout the state, including one in Dover and another in Georgetown.
They provide different types of therapy as well such as individual, group, or family.
32 W. Lookerman Street
Dover, DE 19904
401 N. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
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