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SAAP During COVID-19


Sexual Assault Assistance Program: First responders for all victims

Barbara Faulkner, director of the Sexual Assault Assistance Program, and Julie Stoyka, program manager, pose in front of their office with a sign that translates to, “Everyone is welcome here.” Photo by Marcus Lim.

The Sexual Assault Assistance Program (SAAP) is in a unique position as the only program providing services to victims to be part of the State Attorney’s Office. Having the State Attorney as a strong supporter has helped the program managers foster strong connections with local law enforcement on the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee County for the past 39 years.


Rape survivor stresses importance of nurses trained to handle sexual assault victims

Rape survivor stresses importance of nurses trained to handle sexual assault victims (WPEC).

CBS 12 News in 2019 did several interviews during our SANE training at the college. Below is a video about the importance of nurses during the sexual assault process. We had the pleasure of having a survivor, Julie Weil, share her story with the nurses and explained how her SANE nurse made her experience bearable after she was abducted and raped.


Crucial evidence for sex crimes and how it’s changed over the years

Crucial evidence for sex crimes and how it’s changed over the years (IRSC Crime Lab).

CBS 12 News in 2019 did several interviews during our SANE training at the college. Below is a video about our Crime Lab where rape kits are processed. They are key components in the sexual assault cases. They are here to help sexual assault victims receive justice.


Treasure Coast nurses trained to help sexual assault victims

Treasure Coast nurses trained to help sexual assault victims (WPEC).

CBS 12 News in 2019 did several interviews during our SANE training at the college. Below is a video about Nurses being trained to help sexual assault victims.


Advocates urge victims to come forward: ‘We’re here to help’

Advocates urge victims to come forward: ‘We’re here to help’ WPEC.
Barbara Faulkner, Program Director and Julie Stoyka, Program Manager

CBS 12 News did an interview back in 2017 with Julie Stoyka, Program Manager, and Barbara Faulkner, Program Director, about urging victims to come forward: ‘We’re here to help’ based off a story of a corrections deputy with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office arrested for two counts of sexual battery on a child that same week.