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ASTOP is a sexual assault service provider offering treatment, outreach, prevention, and advocacy, emphasizing hope and connection to self and others.
Since 1992, 681 victims of sexual violence have presented themselves in the Emergency Department of St. Agnes Hospital where, in collaboration with Agnesian Healthcare, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) gathers forensic evidence and completes an examination for injuries. In 2014, 56 individuals reported directly to the Fond du Lac city police station. In either situation, one of ASTOP’s trained advocates accompanies these individuals and acts as a support person for the survivors and their family members. ASTOP’s client advocate then assists the victim as their cases move through the legal system and makes referrals to other resources as necessary. Since 1992, our Client Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator has served 1,345 clients in this capacity.
Since April 6, 1992, ASTOP’s counselors have provided cost-free counseling to over 3,720 clients dealing with issues of sexual violence in Fond du Lac and Green Lake County. Seventy percent of these clients are at or below poverty level. Sixteen percent of these individuals are elementary age; eleven percent are teens; eleven percent are clients with developmental disabilities and the remaining are adult males and females. Twenty-two percent of the adults are affected family members. Education groups are provided for women in correctional residential treatment, females who are in recovery for substance abuse, and males and females who are patients in the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit of St. Agnes Hospital. Adult, teen, and non-offending parent therapy groups are also offered. ASTOP provides two other locations on a part-time basis in Ripon and Green Lake, Wisconsin.
Since July 6, 1992, ASTOP received over 3,339 calls on its 24-hour crisis line. ASTOP’s trained volunteers give 25 to 30 hours per month. Their role is to provide medical and law enforcement advocacy and answer any crisis calls.