Sexual Assault and Awareness for Empowerment
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide a timely and empathetic response to sexual assault victims, assisting them during their empowerment process, from the crisis stage through to recovery.
The SAAFE Center staff and volunteer victim advocates provide crisis intervention, emotional support, medical and legal advocacy, support groups, and information and referrals for sexual assault, stalking, sexual harrassment, and sex trafficking victims.
On-going support for the victim is maintained for as long as the client needs this assistance, including attending court appearances, speaking with family members, assisting with job and housing needs, and completing Crime Victim Compensation Fund applications.
The SAAFE Center works primarily with adults but also assists adolescents (13 years and older) who have been sexual assaulted or are being sexually harrassed by acquaintances (sexual abuse by family members is referred elsewhere).
Services are available free of charge to any Wood County resident or anyone victimized in Wood County. All services are confidential and can be anonymous if the person wishes.
Services are provided regardless of gender or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Family members and friends are also provided free services.
The vast majority of sexual assault victims are females; however, males can be and are victimized. The SAAFE Center has male advocates to specifically work with male victims, if they would like.