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SOS | Support Groups | Sexual Assault Protocol Team | Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project | Education & Training | Volunteer | Sexual Violence Resources

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No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.  Sexual Offense Services (SOS) works to improve community response to the problem of sexual violence, and to create a society that is violence free.

Walk Honoring Survivors of Sexual Violence is April 27
SOS Sexual Violence Services will hold its seventh annual “Out of Darkness Into the Light” walk for survivors of sexual violence from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at Hamline University in Saint Paul. Survivors, their family members and friends, and the general public are invited to participate to show support for ending sexual violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Minnesota. The event is free, but advanced registration is required either by phone at 651.266.1000, or email at | Event Flyer (pdf) | News Release (pdf)

Please Take our Client Services Survey
SOS Sexual Violence Services is conducting an online survey of the services we provide to victims/survivors, their families and concerned others. Your response is crucial in helping us determine if we are meeting victim needs and will be used to improve our programs and services.  Responses will be kept anonymous and results will be presented as a whole, comments made by individuals will not be identified. Thank you!  Take the Survey

SOS Has Moved  
SOS relocated to the Public Health Center at 555 Cedar Street in downtown Saint Paul, on Monday, June 17, 2013.  The new site offers a centralized location, free client parking, and improved integration with other public health clinical services co-located in the building. The program’s phone number, 651.266.1000, will remain the same and is answered 24/7 | Directions 

Free and confidential services for victims of sexual violence, their partners, families, friends and other concerned persons.  SOS also provides: 

  • 651.266.1000, answered 24/7
  • 24-hour crisis counseling, advocacy, information and referral
  • Advocacy and support during medical, police and legal procedures
  • Individual counseling and support groups
  • Referral for therapy, shelter and financial needs
  • Community education programs on sexual violence
  • Awareness and prevention
  • In-service training and consultation for professionals

Sexual assault is any sexual activity involving a person who does not or cannot consent.  Sexual assault is an act of violence.  This can be obvious, as in an assault in which a weapon, physical force or a threat is used.  In other situations, the violence is more subtle, as when a position of authority, age, size, or status is used to trick, scare or manipulate the victim.  Examples include:

  • Rape
  • Sexual Contact (touching, grabbing, fondling) 
  • Non-Contact Offenses (obscene phone calls, exposing)
  • Incest
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Exploitation of Clients by Professionals
  • Marital Rape
  • Pornography and Prostitution
  • Same-Sex Assault 

651.266.1000, answered 24/7 | SOS Brochure (pdf) | SOS Flyer (pdf)