Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) provides services to victims and survivors of Sexual Assault. All services are free and confidential to all men, women, and children. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call our hopeline for more information!
The most important thing to do is what's comfortable to you. Give yourself the same love, understanding, and patience that you would give your friends or family. In time, you will recover.
Sexual Violence is never your fault, no matter what you wore, where you went or what you did. The assailant made a choice to violate your rights! Not saying "no" does not mean "yes."
CAASA has a 24/7 Hope Line that provides support, crisis intervention, resources and most importantly a confidential person to talk to. Whether you are in crisis, want more information, or just want to talk with someone, a trained advocate will be available.
Support Groups provide a safe place to share experiences, express feelings and learn skills that support the process of healing from sexual violence. All support groups are confidential and free of charge. Please call our 24/7 Hope Line to check availability in your area!
Advocates can provide emotional support and help survivors process their experience. They can provide knowledge and on-going counseling by helping each person understand their goals and how to help survivors in the journey to healing.
Medical and Legal Advocacy
CAASA advocates can help aid in the legal and medical process such as court, the hospital for the medical exam, any urgent needs, and ensure that survivors understand their rights and their options. CAASA's advocates are mobile and are able to travel and meet you at the hospital, police department, courthouse, or other locations as needed.
Support Services for Loved Ones
Friends and family members can be greatly affected when someone whom they care about experiences sexual assault or abuse. If you can better understand your own feelings, you can better address your own reactions and provide support to the survivor. CAASA provides services for loved ones, regardless if the survivor is receiving services.
Safety can be an ongoing worry for anyone impacted by sexual abuse. Safety planning is a crucial tool in helping assess and brainstorm ideas to stay safe and help reduce to the risk of future harm. We can safely plan for future crises, discuss options and other ways to deal with stressful situations. Feeling safe is an important step in the healing process.
Prevention Education Training
CAASA provides free prevention education in the counties we serve. Training & education can be provided to adults, children, & professionals, and is great for organizations that serve youth and for those concerned about the safety of children. Check with your local schools to see if they are offering our presentations!
During the time of crisis, CAASA advocates are available to discuss options, provide resources and crisis counseling. CAASA provides emergency shelter, transportation to safety and other housing options to victims of sexual abuse.
Information, Referral and Networking
CAASA provides information, resources, and if needed, we can refer survivors to the correct community partner to help provide the best possible service/care. Many communities we serve have Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) that provide coordinated services for victims of sexual abuse.