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Important Health Update:

Effective at noon on Thursday, 3/19 all Family Services locations will be closed to outside community and customer foot traffic, including walk-in traffic to the Crisis Center. The Crisis Center and Sexual Assault Center hotlines remain open and continue to provide 24/7 services. Building closures will remain in effect until April 24th, at which time we will reevaluate our need to remain closed to the community. As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at (920) 436-6800 in Green Bay and (920) 739-4226 in Menasha.

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Sexual assault, abuse and harassment touches many lives. We know that it happens to children, adolescents and adults. No matter what your situation is, the Sexual Assault Center is here to help. We provide free, confidential support to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to survivors in Brown, Door, Oconto and Marinette Counties. Our specially trained staff of volunteers and advocates offer a wide range of services regardless of the survivor’s age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or when the abuse occurred. Bilingual staff are also available to provide culturally specific services to survivors in the Hispanic and Southeast Asian communities.

The Sexual Assault Center offers the following services to survivors and their loved ones:

Crisis Intervention & Supportive Counseling: Specially trained Sexual Assault Center advocates are available by phone and in-person 24/7, and can make referrals to therapists as needed.

Medical Advocacy: If you choose to seek medical care following an assault, an advocate from the Sexual Assault Center will be provided at the hospital. Your advocate will listen, offer support, and provide options to help you make informed decisions. The process of collecting physical evidence is know as a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE) and is provided at no cost.

Legal Advocacy: If you are over 18, the Sexual Assault Center will respect your decision whether or not to report the assault to law enforcement. If you do choose to speak with an officer, you have the right to have an advocate present while the officer takes your initial statement and during any follow-up interviews. An advocate will provide support, keep you informed, and assist you throughout the criminal justice process.

Follow-up Assistance: Telling someone that you were assaulted, abused, or trafficked is just one step of the healing process. An advocate can provide information and emotional support as long as the assistance is requested. Advocates are knowledgeable about community resources and will work with you to create a plan for safety and stability.

All survivors and their friends and family residing in Brown, Door, Marinette and Oconto Counties are eligible. No referral needed.

Our specially trained staff of volunteers, advocates, and counselors offer a wide range of services regardless of the survivor’s age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or when the abuse occurred. Bilingual staff are also available to provide culturally specific services to survivors in the Hispanic and Southeast Asian communities.

If you need help, please call us at the number listed above for the region you are in.

All Sexual Assault Center services are free of charge thanks to funding from the United Way in Brown County and Door County, private donations, and state and federal grants including: VOCA (Victims of Crime Act), SAVS (Sexual Assault Victim Services), and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act).

FAQs

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any act or behavior (verbal or physical) that is sexual in nature and happens through force, threats, coercion, manipulation or abuse of power. Sexual violence affects all people regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Perpetrators come from all walks of life and can be acquaintances, family members, intimate partners, trusted individuals or strangers.

Sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor. It can have a profound impact on the person’s wellbeing and the healing process is different for everyone. One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

What will happen if I report the assault to law enforcement?

You have the right to have a Sexual Assault Center advocate present when you speak to an officer. The officer will ask you very detailed questions about what happened. An advocate can sit alongside you for emotional support. Reporting an assault does not guarantee that the perpetrator will be arrested. Investigators will need to speak to witnesses, collect evidence and locate the perpetrator.

When the investigation is complete, law enforcement will forward the case to the District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office will ultimately decide whether or not to charge the perpetrator with a crime. If the case does result in charges, a Sexual Assault Center advocate will continue to provide information and support throughout the criminal justice process.

Do I need to report the assault to police in order to receive a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE)?

No. If you are over 18, it’s your decision as to whether or not to report the assault to law enforcement. A Sexual Assault Center advocate will meet with you at the hospital and be by your side throughout the medical process. The evidence collected during the forensic exam will be preserved for 9 1/2 years, in case you choose to report to law enforcement at a later date.

“I don’t know what I would have done without my advocate.

I believe she is the reason I am still here today.”

— Sexual Assault Survivor

“Thank you for your support.

Without you, I may not have decided to stand up for myself.”

— Sexual Assault Survivor

Supporting Survivors

Regardless of the circumstances, sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetime.

 

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Services for Children

Family Services is committed to protecting, healing and caring for children who have been sexually abused.

Our Sexual Assault Center advocates offer ongoing support to these children and their families at our Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center.

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