ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you have been sexually violated, the Lily Pad SANE Center of Albany wants to help you.
Mary Martinez, the executive director, says making sure the community knows that they are open 24/7 is important.
“We do operate 24/7, we have a 24/7 crisis line if someone needs to chat with an advocate, with a forensic medical nurse, if someone needs to chat with a forensic interviewer. We are always available,” explained Martinez.
Martinez said that they are starting something new this year for those who may not want to come into the center.
“We are hosting an online support group. Our first session is this Thursday at noon, completely confidential,” said Martinez.
Martinez said the most important step to do if you have been sexually violated is call police.
“Call law enforcement immediately if you don’t know what to do then call us, we can help guide you through that process,” said Martinez.
Martinez said for the community to remember that if they feel that they are in a sexually violated relationship to get out.
“If anytime someone is in a situation where they have been sexually violated or they have been in a sexual situation they did not feel comfortable with, then please call us, we can help you figure it out," explained Martinez.
Martinez said that they will always have someone available at the center.