Advocacy

  • SASS Advocacy services are free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.
  • SASS Advocates are trained to listen, provide emotional support and accurate information, support your decisions and choices, and work to help survivors achieve their goals.
  • We are not affiliated with law enforcement, and all services are available to you regardless of whether you choose to report a crime.

 

What kinds of services can SASS advocates provide for me?

Crisis Response

Transportation and accompaniment to seek medical care, make a police report, or access emergency shelter; non-judgmental emotional support; immediately needed information and referrals; safety planning; and networking with other agencies and emergency resources.

Information and Referrals

Information about legal and medical follow-up procedures and providers, social services, counseling options, additional SASS services, resources available in the community, and trauma response and self-care.

Legal Assistance

Assistance with navigating the criminal and civil legal systems, including obtaining protective orders, and support with housing, workplace, educational, and other options. Additionally, through a partnership with the Survivors Justice Center, low-income survivors who qualify may access a civil legal attorney.

Long Term Support

Ongoing, one-on-one emotional support; and accompaniment to access additional medical, legal or social services as needed.

For example, your advocate may accompany you to meetings with a detective or attorney, accompany you to hearings, trials and sentencing, or assist with civil processes such as obtaining a protective order or pursuing a civil lawsuit.

Support Groups

SASS support groups provide peer emotional support, as well as counselor led groups in a confidential atmosphere that allows you to build trusting relationships while engaging in self exploration and self empowerment. Our support groups are designed to provide support and information.  For more information, see our Support Groups page.

Counseling Services

SASS advocates are here to help connect you to counseling services offered  by our in house counselor, or assist you in finding counseling resources in the community. Form more information see our SASS Counseling Services page.

Systems Advocacy

Advocates can work with the survivor to address problems and barriers within systems-such as the judicial system, health care provider network, educational system or social service system- or within specific agencies or entities such as the police department, District Attorney’s office, or the Department of Family Service (DHS). The goal is to assist the survivor in achieving her/his desired outcome, and to improve system response to all survivors.

Support for Others Involved With the Survivor

Family members, partners, and friends often form the core of the survivor’s support system and play a huge role in how s/he will respond and heal in the aftermath of sexual violence. They often have strong feelings and respond in a variety of ways, from being caring and supportive to engaging in victim-blaming and abusive behavior. Interrupting any victim-blaming or inappropriate behavior, educating family and friends about how to best support the survivor, validating and supporting their feelings of anger, shock, and secondary trauma, and providing them with referrals and encouragement to access the support they need can be an important part of the work advocates do to support the survivor.
How can I get a SASS Advocate?

  • Call Us. You can call us 24 hours a day and ask to speak with an advocate: 541-343-SASS (7277) or toll-free (in Oregon) 1-800-788-4727
  • Drop In. Come to the SASS office Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 AM- 4:00PM to meet with an advocate in person.

Drop-In center location, map and directions

And if I’m not in Lane County Oregon?