FAQs

What is Satilla Advocacy Services?

Satilla Advocacy Services is a non-profit organization formed in 1998 to provide services for sexual assault survivors in Ware, Pierce, and surrounding counties. Staff and volunteers are trained in the legal and medical aspects of rape crisis intervention for survivors of all ages.


What type of services does Satilla Advocacy Services offer?

We can provide counseling and emotional support, evidence exams, emergency assistance, and accompaniment and advocacy for survivors and their families. Specialized services for children are also available. Additionally, in fulfilling our mission to both prevent and raise awareness about sexual assault, we offer prevention education to schools, clubs, religious groups and any organization.


How can my group or organization schedule a presentation, and what topics may be covered?

Please call our office for scheduling at 912-285-7355. Topics covered in our presentations range from sexual assault, sexual assault prevention, personal safety, date rape and date rape drugs, and how survivors can get help following a sexual assault.


How can the victim of a sexual assault contact Satilla Advocacy Services?

We offer a 24 hour crisis line for victims of sexual assault. You can call 912-283-0987 to access this service. Trained volunteers are available to assist child, adolescent, and adult sexual abuse and assault survivors, as well as their friends and families. Our trained volunteers offer emotional support, information and referrals.


What do I do if I am the victim of sexual assault or abuse?

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call 911.
  • Do not clean up, bathe, or brush your teeth.
  • Go to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross Emergency Room for treatment of injuries and collection of evidence.
  • Medical professionals at the hospital will provide you with treatment in the event of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • You will be encouraged to follow up with counseling, which can be provided by Satilla Advocacy Services.
  • Follow up medical treatment is recommended. Staff at Satilla Advocacy Services can make these appointments if needed.


What types of emergency assistance do you provide to victims of sexual assault?

We can provide basics such as clothing after the exam, crisis support for the victim and his or her family, assistance in filing state crime victims compensation claims, and help in securing safe shelter, if needed.


What other services do you provide to survivors and their families?

In addition to counseling and emotional support, specialized child advocacy services, emergency assistance and evidence exams, we also have trained volunteers who can provide accompaniment and advocacy services for survivors and their families through medical exams, criminal investigations, and court proceedings.


Do you provide specialized services for child victims or sexual assault or abuse?

We provide the following specialized services for children 19 years of age and under at our Child Advocacy Center:

  • Videotaped interviews of child sexual abuse victims in a safe, child-friendly environment, in order to collect and preserve statements for court purposes.
  • Crisis intervention and emotional support for victims and non-offending family members, as well as access to the victim’s compensation system.
  • Therapy services, offered on-site or through referral, to help child victims begin the healing process.
  • Forensic medical exams, utilizing specialized equipment necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
  • An interdisciplinary review of cases by a team of professionals, including law enforcement officers, child protective services, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals, and victim assistance and child advocacy professionals. 


How can I prepare my child for this process, especially the interview?

Do:

  • Tell your child he or she will be visiting a safe, comfortable place to speak with a person whose job it is to talk with kids and teenagers.
  • Have your child be well rested.
  • Give your child permission to talk with the interviewer and let him or her know it is OK to talk about anything.
  • Bring the child's comfort item if that would be helpful.

Don't:

  • Ask your child questions about the situation
  • Tell your child what to say
  • Promise treats or rewards to your child for talking
  • Ask why your child didn't tell sooner


What do I do if my child starts talking to me about the situation?

Listen

  • Stay calm and neutral when talking to your child.
  • Pay close attention to your words and actions. Show interest in what your child says and do not react with shock, horror or indifference.
  • Don't offer names of possible offenders or possible acts of abuse.
  • Listen to the information, but don't ask for all the details.
  • Don't videotape or audiotape your conversation with your child.

 

Support

  • Allow your child to tell in his or her own way and in his or her own time.
  • Let your child know that you believe what he or she is telling you.
  • Tell your child that it is not his or her fault and that he or she is not in trouble.

 

What steps can I take to avoid being a victim of sexual assault?

Practice personal safety awareness. Always pay close attention to your surroundings, and trust your instincts. If you think something is wrong, you are right. Avoid dark and isolated surroundings. If confronted, seek help and avoid being taken to an isolated place. For more tips on personal safety awareness, visit our resources page.