Anyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, and race, can experience sexual harm and be a survivor.
Howard Brown Health is committed to addressing the growing concern of sexual violence against the LGBTQ community. Sexual assault isn’t defined by gender or sexuality, but many existing programs for survivors are. Howard Brown has designed the first holistic LGBTQ-specific sexual assault response program in the nation: In Power. In Power is proud to offer unique programming that addresses the needs of LGBTQ survivors and the community.
Our staff are specially trained to offer services that are respectful of your beautiful identities and various needs. Currently, In Power offers in-person services at Howard Brown Health Sheridan and Howard Brown Health 63rd St. Telehealth services are also available.
Our medical team supports you from a trauma-informed, survivor centered framework. We respect your decisions to choose the medical care best for you. The providers and nurses on the In Power team are specially trained and work exclusively with survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. You can stop, start, pause, or take a break anytime during your care. We provide:
- STI Testing
- STI Treatment
- Emergency Contraception
- Full Body Exam
- Follow-up Medical Care
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams/Rape Kits/Evidence Collection
Starting February 15, 2021, medical forensic exams and evidence collection are available at Howard Brown Health Sheridan and Howard Brown Health 63rd St. locations. We proudly partner with Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Resilience to provide additional advocacy support during medical forensic exams.
- Sexual Assault medical forensic exams are offered to sexual assault survivors up to seven days after experiencing an assault.
- The exam is performed by specially trained medical staff to gather information that can be used in a court of law. However, you do not have to release the findings of the exam to the police nor do you have to talk to the police should you not want to.
- The exam includes: an exam of injuries, treatment of injuries, documenting findings, and collection of evidence from the patient’s body and belongings.
- During an exam, you can stop, pause, or skip any step that you would like. Our providers and staff are here to support you and respect your decisions.
- If you are interested in a medical forensic exam, if able, it is recommended that you try to avoid eating, drinking, smoking, brushing teeth, showering, urinating, defecating, or changing clothes.
- If you want a medical forensic exam, you can bring a support person with you to the clinic and we suggest bringing a change of clothes.
- Exams could take multiple hours, but our staff is here to support you along the way.
Case Management and Advocacy Services
We provide comprehensive case management services designed to address the complex needs that survivors experience. Case management staff are trained sexual assault and intimate partner advocates who have extensive expertise and passion for this work. They can help you navigate the day-to-day needs impacted by the assault, connect you with community resources, and help you navigate the complex medical and legal systems.
- Medical Case Management
- Housing Support
- Food Stability
- Transportation Support
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Employment & Education Support
- Referral to Community and State Resources
- Legal Case Management
- Support Accessing Orders of Protection
- Support Navigating Safe Homes Act
- Asylum Advocacy
- VESSA Letters
- Court Accompaniment & Navigation
Our team of trauma therapists have specializations in working with people who have experiences sexual or intimate partner violence. If someone on our team isn’t the right fit, we can connect you to community resources for free or low cost therapy.
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Crisis Support & Safety Planning
Connect to the In Power team by calling 773.388.1600 ext. 3680
For Case Management Services, call 773.388.1600 ext. 2839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.