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YWCA Sex Assault Crisis Hotline (Big Island, Ululani St.)


The YWCA of Hawaiʻi Island is dedicated to changing the beliefs that accompany sexual violence. We seek to create a society that does not minimize sexual crimes, that does not permit the shaming or silencing of the assaulted or hide the crime out of shame – a society where perpetrators are held accountable, mandated for treatment and prevented from offending again.

Since the 1970s, we have provided response programs to victims of sexual assault known as Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), Sexual Assault Response and Advocacy Services (SARAH) and Empowering Alternatives program (EAp). Need description of what each service provides.

The YWCA offers support services for victims and their families:

• Free, confidential counseling
• Crisis intervention
• Emotion and moral support
• Support during a medical exam and the legal process
• Assistance in deciding whether to file a police report
• Therapeutic services
• 24-hour crisis line
• Community education, awareness and prevention activities

What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any unwanted, forced, tricked or coerced sexual activity; it occurs when one does not give consent to the sexual activity or is unable to. Sexual contact without consent is a crime.

What does it mean to consent?
Consent is when one person agrees to or gives permission to another person to do something. In this case, you understand what something is and what it involves. You are a willing participant in the act and are comfortable every step of the way.

What is not consent?
Remaining silent, not responding or submitting out of fear is not consent. Consent should never be implied or assumed.



145 Ululani St.
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 935-0677 - Hilo - Type: Hotline

(808) 935-7141 - Hilo - Administration - Type: Main

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