Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2010: How to put an end to this "foolishness"?

2010 Campus Clothesline Project: Andover College

One of our educators spent the morning at Andover College's Lewiston Campus on April 1. Here are some of the images that they created while she was there:

These and many more shirts that were created at Maine Campuses will be on view tomorrow April 2 at the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. This event will begin at 11:30 and will feature tasty treats, wonderful company and some fabulous speakers. For information please click here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

10th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Okay Folks. It's almost here.

THE 10th Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner.

This year's event to benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis Center will be held on Saturday, April 10 at the Martindale Country Club in Auburn Maine. This fabulous event is schedule to begin at 6 pm and will headline some very wonderful Celebrity Waiters and some titillating auction items.

Tickets are still available: $30 for a single ticket or you could purchase a table (seats 10 people) for $250. You can contact the office via phone at 207 784 5272 for more information or purchase tickets.
Just in case you needed some enticement to attend the event we have some images of the items up for auction this year:

This lovely quilted piece has a bold mission style to it. Perhaps it would look fabulous in your library?
But if quilted objects are not your thing, perhaps some sports memorabilia? Here is a SIGNED Patriots Football:

Or maybe, you'd like to bid on this baseball:

We also have some very fun chairs that would make a special child in your life very happy:
We also have a very interesting piece from Chart Metalworks. Click here to find out more info about this jewelry technique.

Of course we will also have quite a cast of Celebrity Waiters: Debbie Bodwell (from RMS Mortgage); Jonathan Labonte (Androscoggin County Commissioner); Senator Margaret Craven; Mike Hamlyn (Downeast Machine); Barry Schmeiks (Auburn Police Department); Bill Gagne (Androscoggin Sheriff Department); Chip Morrison (Chamber of Commerce); Jan Barrett (Ware Street Inn); Jeff Peterson (WGME TV); Keith Baldi (WMTW TV); Jamie Ricker (SACC SART Coordinator); Tom Peters (Attorney); Steve Huber (Physical Therapist); Kim Braley, RN (St. Mary's Hospital); Marc Robitaille (Lewiston Police Department). And of course, Ernie Gagne as the M.C.

Friday, March 26, 2010

2010 Campus Clothesline Project: Bates College Students speak out against sexual violence

On a lovely evening, March 22 to be exact, Molly, a SACC educator and the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA), worked with a very large group of Bates students on the Campus Clothesline Project. Images of the tee-shirts they created can be seen below (and one above). If you'd like to see these and all of the other shirts created by engaged college students in Maine, then please come to the State House in Augusta on April 2 at 11:30 am. MECASA has a wonderful event planned and we'd love for you to be our guest! HERE is more information.

Monday, March 22, 2010

2010 Campus Clothesline Project: Central Maine Community College

On March 11 the Sexual Assault Crisis Center asked students at Central Maine Community College to create tee-shirts that spoke out against sexual violence and assault. The response from the student community was excellent. Below are the tees that were created and that will be on view at the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta on April 2. The event, which is the MECASA opening to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will begin at 11am. More information can be found here:!/pages/Maine-Campus-Clothesline-Project/281762777195?ref=ts

2010 Campus Clothesline Project: USM L/A Campus

On March 9, an educator from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center went to the Lewiston Auburn Campus of USM and asked students to create tee-shirts that spoke out against sexual assault. This was part of the Maine State Coalition Against Sexual Assault's 2010 Campus Clothesline Project for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The tees pictured here will be displayed with others created at other college campuses from around the state at the Hall of Flags in the State House in Augusta on April 2. This event will start at 11 am and will feature some amazing speakers! More information can be found here:!/pages/Maine-Campus-Clothesline-Project/281762777195?v=photos&ref=sgm

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

History of SACC: the need for services

In honor of our 25th Year Anniversary, we will be posting chapters of the history of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center thus far. We have come a long way since our inception in 1984 and we are excited to be a part of the change that the next 25+ years will bring. Perhaps we will see the end of sexual violence in our community. One can only hope and work.

Chapter 1: The Need for Services

In 1984, the local child abuse and neglect council (Androscoggin County Coordinating Committee, now known as Advocates for children) sponsored a Sexual Abuse Task Force to study the services available to victims of rape and sexual abuse. While rape crisis services had been available at Central Maine Medical Center, there seemed to be a need for more comprehensive services. There was also an identified need for services for families whose children had been abused by someone outside of their families. These families did not come under the auspices of the Department of Human Services, and therefore did not have easy access to services which could help them cope with the effects of the abuse. The idea was born to create a community based organization which could address both of these needs.

In May of 1984, a group of dedicated community persons founded a Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Funding was secured through the Bureau of Social Services (DHS) and a Coordinator of Volunteers was hired. Training for hotline Advocates began immediately, with SACC hotline services available December 1, 1984.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Services: SART

When making the decision to report a crime of sexual abuse or sexual assault, the victim may experience a number of feelings, scared, confused, angry, hurt, or even relief to name a few.

SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Coordinator focuses on allowing the victim of sexual assault to have a consistent person involved with support and understanding throughout the criminal justice process. As the case moves through the legal system from reporting to going to court the victim could meet a number of different people. The SART Coordinator allows the victim the piece of mind in knowing that someone he or she has already met, will be there along the way could help ease some of the feelings that may be experienced.

The SART Coordinator has worked together with health care providers that have been trained to be SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners), law enforcement, prosecuting attorney’s, and probation officers. These players formed the Project Response Team in order create an approach that would better meet the needs of survivors when they may be having such feelings.

The SART Coordinator would be available to:

  • Provide support and accompaniment for survivors during police interviews or other procedure involving law enforcement.

  • Accompany and support survivors and support person/s during interaction with the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Provide follow up assistance and support as needed.

  • Keep survivors up to date on the progress of the investigation.

  • Provide survivors and family members with accurate information about the criminal justice system.

  • Make referrals to community resources.

  • Help survivors file for victim compensation if appropriate

The legal process could take a long time! Survivors could be waiting up to a year after reporting the crime to the police until trial or a plea agreement is reached. The SART Coordinator and/or the SACC 24-hour hotline (1 800 871 7741 (Maine Statewide)) can be with you through all of this! You don’t have to go through this alone!!!!


Auburn Police Department:

Lewiston Police Department:

Mechanic Falls Police Department:

Lisbon Police Department:

Sabattus Police Department:

Livermore Falls Police Department:

Maine State Police:

Androscoggin Sheriff Department:

Sex Offender Registry:

Victim’s Compensation:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Impact of Macho

I was recently talking with some folks about the services that SACC provides. This was an excellent conversation and I enjoyed it and meeting the new contacts quite a bit. A one point I was asked about statistics for sexual assault. The commenter was shocked at the 1 in 3 are/will be victims of sexual assault. "1 in 3 girls will be assaulted. This is scary."

"Actually, that is 1 in 3 people. Include boys in that stat."

"What? That many boys? Really?"


The Culture of Macho that we are currently undergoing (and have been going through for a LOOOONNGGG time) is creating a horrible silence in men.

I was watching The Quick and The Dead with some youths yesterday and I asked the kids think about the types of gender stereotypes that were being presented in the story. With the appearance of the character Cort, I asked what kind of man he was. One young man answered, "Well, he won't fight back, so he must be a pussy."

This sentiment is echoed in the recent barrage of commercials during that Super Bowl that portrayed the Uber-Tough-Man (who will suck it up only because his woman will cry if he doesn't). This image is killing us.

Men, speaking out about sexual violence does not mean you are weak. Speaking out about your experiences and trauma doesn't make you less. Speaking out means that you are helping put a stop to the culture of rape that is condoned within the uber-tough-man persona. Speaking out means little children could potential grow up with the ability to express a full range of emotions rather than limiting themselves to fearful stereotypes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Well, this is the Sexual Assault Crisis Center's first official blog. Hopefully, with this tool SACC will be able to offer more than 140 bit comments on the issues that swirl around both the virtual and the real worlds. We also hope that through this blog we can provide more static information about the services SACC provides to victims, survivors and supportive parties of sexual assault as well as work toward CHANGING the violent culture at large.
Please stay tuned to our posts. We welcome your opinions, queries and comments, but this blog is not for crisis situations. Please direct all crisis "calls" (regarding sexual violence) to one of the following crisis "lines":