Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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
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: http://www.auburnmaine.org/
Lewiston Police Department: http://www.lewistonpd.org/
Mechanic Falls Police Department: http://mechanicfalls.govoffice.com/
Lisbon Police Department: http://www.lisbonpd.com/
Sabattus Police Department: http://www.sabattus.org/
Livermore Falls Police Department: http://www.police.lfme.org/
Maine State Police: http://www.state.me.us/
Androscoggin Sheriff Department: http://www.usacops.com/me/s04210/index.html
Sex Offender Registry: http://sor.informe.org/sor/
Victim’s Compensation: http://www.maine.gov/ag/crime/victims_compensation/index.shtml
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
- In Maine, 1 800 871 7741
- In the USA, 1 800 656 HOPE
- or online at http://www.rainn.org/