Sexual Assault Services
We offer services to victims of recent sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, incest, and family and friends impacted by sexual violence. We not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age in the delivery of services. Clients are able to confide in us. All communication with our Victim Advocates, Therapists, and Staff Members is confidential.
We can help:
- Provide immediate emotional support
- Explore options and victims’ rights
- Provide education on common reactions following a sexual assault
- Develop a safety plan
- Accompany a sexual assault victim if they choose to have a forensic exam
- Assist with making a report to law enforcement
- Apply for Sexual Battery or Human Trafficking relocation
- Provide crisis intervention
- Acute forensic cases are handled by certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E) accompanied by Sexual Assault Counselors
Crime Victim Services
Our Victim Advocates can help any Crime Victim:
- Navigate the legal system
- Apply for Victim Compensation / Sexual Battery Relocation
- Provide crisis intervention & ongoing support
- Assist with injunctions for protection
- Monitor their case & ensure continuity of services
- Understand their rights as a victim of crime
The Sexual Assault Assistance Program, or SAAP, provides significant protection of communications between clients and SAAP staff. Clients are able to confide in SAAP Victim Advocates, Therapists, and all SAAP staff members, knowing that communication is confidential and will not be disclosed publicly unless they consent to such disclosure. For further information, please contact SAAP directly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IF THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR IMMEDIATE CRISIS, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, verbal, physical or psychological abuse, please call 2-1-1 for support and services.