24-hour Crisis Hotline:
If you have been a victim of sexual assault and are seeking help, please call today. Locally you can call: 269.245.3925
At Sexual Assault Services, advocacy for those affected by sexual violence is at the core of our agency.
24-Hour Crisis Victim Advocacy is provided to those reporting sexual assault to law enforcement or seeking medical treatment for a recent sexual assault. Specially trained staff or volunteers are on-call to assist when needed, by providing emotional support, information and referrals, as well as replacement clothing if a victimís clothing is taken as evidence. Advocates meet with victims at the hospital, police departments, or SAS offices. Information and advocacy for loved ones of the victim is also provided.
Court Accompaniment and Advocacy is provided by SAS staff to those attending court proceedings in the criminal or civil justice systems. Advocates will provide emotional support for victim and their families, and provide information or referrals about court matters. SAS Advocates can attend some meetings with prosecutors or other attorneys when appropriate.
SAS Staff provide family advocacy at the Child Advocacy Center. Advocates sit with family members while their child is participating in the forensic interview process. Advocates will sit with child victims when family members meet with the multi-disciplinary team. Information and referrals are given to all families by the Advocate at the CAC.
All SAS staff provide advocacy to victims as needed to assist with providing services. Collaboration with other agencies to provide client needs and assisting with transportation are two common outcomes of SAS advocacy for our clients.
***All Services are Free of Charge to Victims***
***All Services are Confidential, and Advocacy with other agencies is done only with the written and verbal consent of our clients.