Mardi Gras Sexual Assault Tips & Resources
If you become a victim of a violent crime in New Orleans, call 9-1-1 immediately.
For direct access to a crime victim service provider, call:
- 504-355-0846 (direct)
- 504-866-9554 (24-hr hotline)
Operation Mardi Gras will be a central hub operated by the Greater New Orleans victim service providers and partners at the New Orleans Family Justice Center located at 701 Loyola Ave. The hub will be a place for any victim or survivor of a violent crime during the busiest Carnival weekends to meet directly with a service provider and get access to immediate support and resources available to them through the individual agencies.
Any person who becomes a victim of a crime should first call 9-1-1- to report the crime to police. They are then encouraged to call or visit the Operation Mardi Gras central hub to gain immediate support. Victims or survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide (immediate family member), human trafficking, shooting or carjacking are encouraged to reach out for support. Providers can be reached directly by calling (504) 355-0846 or a 24-hour helpline at (504) 866-9554.
Download a printable flyer on Operation Mardi Gras.
- Travel in groups to and from the parade route.
- Make a plan to meet up if you become separated.
- Have a ride app downloaded with your information entered before the parade in the event you need a ride back home.
- Let someone know where you are at all times! Share your location with someone you trust will check in on you.
- Only drink beverages that you prepare or that you watch a bartender prepare in front of you.
- Don't leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from anyone.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If something feels like it is unsafe, follow your instincts.
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Report suspicious activity to a public safety official or first responder.
University Medical Center
Services offered: free forensic exams
2000 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70112
- Exams can be performed up to 5 days after an incident.
- Filing a police report is not a requirement to get a forensic exam.
Local sexual assault hotlines
- Louisiana SA TEXT Line: 225-351-7233
- Louisiana SA CALL Hotline: 888-372-8995
- Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR) Hotline: 855-435-STAR
- New Orleans Family Justice Center: 504-866-9554