Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) Program

Sexual Assault is NEVER the victim’s fault, NO MATTER what the circumstances

Sexual Assault is NEVER the victim’s fault, NO MATTER what the circumstances

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Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) Program

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Violence is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual act. It occurs against a person’s will through force, the threat of force, coercion, or manipulation. Sexual violence is a crime of power and control; it is not motivated by passion. Sexual assault is motivated by a desire to dominate and humiliate the victim in the most intimate way possible.

Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence is a broad term that includes:

  • Rape
  • Date rape
  • Incest
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Attempted rape
  • Forced oral sex
  • Spousal / cohabitating rape
  • Sexual harassment
  • Exhibitionism (flashing)
  • Voyeurism (peeping tom)
  • Forced exposure to pornographic material
  • Obscene phone calls

Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence affect people in every community and on campuses across this country. Anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, age, race, and economic background. Here are some alarming statistics regarding sexual assault:

  • Approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.
  • 85% of victims know their offenders.
  • Less than one-third of sexual assaults are reported to the police.

How WFC’s Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) helps victims of Sexual Assault?

The WFC Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) Program offers support to those who have recently experienced a sexual assault or have been trying to cope with a past sexual assault. The program consists of the following free and confidential services:

  • Provide a 24-hour crisis hotline available to you when you are in crisis or feeling isolated.
    • Toll free: 1-888-999-5545 (English) and 1-888-568-8332 (En Espanol) *
    • WFC’s Direct Hotline: 203-235-4444
    • Spanish speaking and male counselors available.
  • Meet you at the hospital to provide support during your medical exam.
  • Meet you at the police department to provide support when you give your statement.
  • Attend court hearings with you to provide additional support.
  • Provide short term supportive Peer to Peer counseling
  • Provide a variety of support groups for sexual assault survivors
  • Provide bilingual counselors or sign language interpreters
  • Provide TTY access during weekday office hours and after hours use the CT Relay Service 7-1-1. *
  • Confidential support services and support groups for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones
  • Counseling and advocacy through medical, police, and legal systems where we will be there with the victim as we work through the process together.
  • Short term shelter for adults 18 years or older who need a safe place after the assault as well as working with local violence centers to ensure longer term safety of the sexual survivors.

All of our office locations provide support groups, crisis intervention, and referral services. For more information regarding our Sexual Assault Crisis Services please contact Jennifer Wenderoth-Holster.

Who SACS Helps:

SACS helps Sexual Assault Survivors beginning at age 5 to adults. Sexual Assault Crisis Services provides support to survivors of sexual violence , their family and friends, in Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Middlesex County, and Greater New Haven.

SACS Prevention Education:

Sexual Assault Crisis Services offers programs on topics related to sexual violence prevention. Presentations are offered to schools, universities, and community groups. We also provide trainings for professionals, including child care workers, teachers, and law enforcement.

WFC Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) Program Resources:

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice