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Since 1976, KCSARC has worked toward our vision of ending sexual violence in our community. Our purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. Our mission is to give voice to victims, their families and the community; create change in beliefs, attitudes and behaviors about violence; and instill courage for people to speak out about sexual assault.
KSCARC provides comprehensive services, free of charge, to victims of sexual assault and their families. In 2009, 2828 adults and kids were provided services such as therapy, legal advocacy and parent education. Over 3,000 people participated in our education and prevention programs so that we can create a better, safer future for our children. Sexual assault knows no boundaries and affects people from all ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Services include: our 24-hour Resource Line where trained staff provide crisis information, information and referrals to victims, their family and friends; Legal and Medical Advocacy to help navigate the legal and medical system by providing support, information and resources; and Individual and Group Therapyutilizing trauma-focused, evidence-based practices.
As over half of the victims KCSARC serves are children or teens, extensive work is done with non-offending parents/guardians to help children heal and prevent future sexual abuse. Child victims often have extreme shifts in their behavior and attitudes, which can be challenging for their families. KCSARC work very closely with the child's family and non-offending parent to assure a holistic approach to healing.
Vital to KCSARC's vision of ending the silence around sexual assault, community education and prevention efforts are a key focus. One study suggests that 89% of women who were sexually abused as children have children who become victims of sexual abuse as well. By investing in education, we have the opportunity to break a cycle that impacts thousands of families in our community.