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Description:
The Sexual Assault Services and Information (SASI) Program is based on the concept that every sexual assault survivor has the right to support and advocacy services. The SASI Program is designed to provide trauma-informed, victim-centered, confidential services to sexually assaulted individuals of all ages regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, or disability free of charge.

Services Include:

Crisis Hotline Services:: A 24-hour crisis hotline is immediately answered at all times by staff and trained advocates in order to provide immediate assistance to sexual assault survivors. Compassionate and non-judgmental support is offered and all calls are kept confidential. Staff and advocates are bilingual and able to answer calls in English and Spanish. Staff and advocates are familiar with community services available and are able to refer callers for additional services.

24 hour Crisis Intervention: Immediate response to reduce distress to determine next steps in the healing process. Crisis intervention is provided by program staff and trained advocates at the hospital 24 hours a day, law enforcement offices, courthouse, rape crisis center office, or at any other location during regular hours of operation. Crisis intervention services include active listening, assessment of immediate and long-term needs, identification of coping skills, exploration of options, problem solving, safety planning, assessment of potential injury to self or others, explanation of victim’s rights, the effects of sexual violence and possible reactions, and referrals to other resources. All crisis intervention services are kept confidential. There is no appointment necessary for immediate crisis intervention services. Walk-ins are welcomed at 1605 Saldaña between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Call the crisis hotline at 1-800-355-7226 for more information.

24 hour Medical Accompaniment: This service is available 24 hours a day. On-call program staff and trained advocates will arrive at the hospital within 15 minutes of notification by hospital personnel that a sexual assault survivor has been admitted or is in route. The responding individual will provide a thorough explanation of Victim Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors including medical collection of evidence process and will remain with the survivor through the duration of the forensic medical exam or until they are no longer needed. Staff and advocates will also ensure that the survivor is not re-victimized during the collection of evidence. In the event that multiple calls are received, there is a backup system in place to ensure that each survivor is provided with equal accompaniment and advocacy. Each survivor is provided with clothing and toiletries and arrangements for transportation as necessary. Staff and trained advocates are also available to provide medical accompaniment during follow up medical exams or appointments related to the victimization. All medical accompaniment services are kept confidential.

Legal and Court Accompaniment:
Program staff and trained advocates will provide survivors with a thorough explanation of the legal process and what to expect during the meetings or proceedings. During the medical exam and afterwards, survivors are assisted with filling out pseudonym forms if there are concerns about privacy, and filling out police reports if they wish to press charges. They may also be assisted with preparing a Victim Impact Statement during court proceedings. Each survivor is provided with accompaniment during all follow-up visits to law enforcement offices and prosecutor’s offices, as well as during court hearings. Staff and advocates will also ensure that the survivor is not re-victimized during legal proceedings.

Advocacy Services: Program staff and trained advocates provide each survivor with a thorough explanation of their rights and with assistance filing for Crime Victim’s Compensation benefits. With the survivor’s written consent, survivors are also assisted with communication with employers, schools, housing authorities, and any other entities that the survivor is dealing with. Options are clearly explained and clarified in order to help the survivor make informed decisions. All advocacy services are kept confidential. There is no appointment necessary for advocacy services. Walk-ins are welcomed at 1605 Saldaña between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Call the crisis hotline at 1-800-355-7226 for more information.

Referral Services The survivor’s needs are constantly being assessed and referrals for additional services are facilitated as needs are identified.

Public Education and Outreach: Sexual abuse prevention presentations at schools and community agencies are provided upon request. These presentations are designed to increase knowledge of the causes and consequences of sexual violence and to increase knowledge of services available for survivors of sexual violence. All presentations include the most current information available in order to ensure accuracy of information. Presentations are conducted in locations that are easily accessible for those living in rural areas and are delivered in both English and Spanish. Presentations are developed considering the age, values, culture, identities, and language of the intended audience. Audience members are provided with written materials at each presentation. Staff and trained advocates also participate in community-wide events in order to further disseminate the programs message. Public education is further provided through media campaigns and social media.

Hours of Operation:
Crisis intervention and medical accompaniment are available 24 hours a day
All other services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Funding Source:
The Office of the Texas Attorney General, Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Division

Contact Person:
Sylvia Flores, Program Coordinator at 956-725-2522

Hotline Number: 1-800-355-7226

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