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Mission Statement

The Assault Crisis Center was established in 1976 to reduce the incidence of sexual assault in Washtenaw County and to minimize the effects of rape trauma on survivors. "Survivor" is identified as anyone whose life has been affected by sexual violence, including the primary victim, significant others, family members, friends, coworkers, and the community as a whole. To carry out our mission, we provide direct services to female and male survivors of sexual victimization as well as community education and awareness programs.

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DIRECT SERVICES- Provided to Washtenaw County residents, survivors 12 years of age and older and family members of victims of all ages. · 24-hour Crisis Line: Caring, trained counselors will answer your calls whenever you need someone to talk with you. · Outreach to Area Hospitals: We can meet you at area emergency rooms for support and advocacy during evidence collection. · Information and Referral Services: We can connect you with additional services you may need as a result of sexual violence. · Court Preparation and Accompaniment: Our staff works closely with the Prosecuting Attorney's office to help you understand the criminal justice system. We can accompany you to interviews with the police and prosecutors, and to any court appearances you are required to attend. We can help keep you up-to-date on developments in your case, and help you to write a victim impact statement. · Criminal Justice Advocacy: Our staff works closely with area Police Departments to help insure that you understand the investigative process. We can also help you with your decision to file a police report, and help you apply for Crime Victim Compensation funds. · Individual Counseling: Trained counselors provide both crisis intervention and individual psychotherapy. Crisis intervention services are available free of charge. Individual psychotherapy is available on a sliding fee scale. · Touchstone Group Support Program: We offer a two-phase group support program for adult survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Phase One is an eight-week education and discussion series. Phase Two is a time-limited therapeutic support group. Registration and an intake interview are required · Follow-Up Services: Our staff will contact you three and six months after your last appointment. We do this to insure your well being, and to offer continued services and support. COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND AWARENESS The Assault Crisis Center is committed to increasing community awareness of the causes and effects of sexual assault. We work to direct community attention to the prevalence of rape in our culture, and the importance of holding the offender-not the victim-responsible for the crime of rape. Only then can society provide the safety net needed to enhance the lives of its citizens, and to encourage those who have been victimized to come forward and seek justice. Education, training and advocacy are the tools the Center uses to change attitudes and reform procedures that continue to victimize survivors of sexual assault and abuse. We provide community programs in the form of presentations, workshops, training, and professional consultation. Services are available to: · Health and Human Service Providers · Schools · Community Organizations · Churches · Clergy Members Topics include · Sexual Assault · Date and Acquaintance Rape · Sexual Harassment · Date Rape Drugs · Dating Violence · Personal Safety and Awareness · Supporting Survivors ASSAULT CRISIS CENTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The Assault Crisis Center actively seeks community involvement in the development and support of our programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of areas: · Answer our Crisis Hotline · Facilitate a group for survivors · Participate in Community Education Programs · Special Projects--use your unique talents to enhance Assault Crisis Center services We provide training and supervision for our volunteers and would welcome hearing from you. Trainings are offered in January, May and September.

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http://www.co.washtenaw.mi.us/DEPTS/ACC/acchome.html

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