Programs and Services
All programs and services provided by
Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services are free.
Our helpline is available 24/7 for confidential support and information.
School students can access our one-to-one support and advocacy through the guidance office at their local schools.
During our office hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, you may call our offices directly to access all other programs.
Our confidential helpline is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The helpline is staffed by caring advocates who provide support and information to victim-survivors of sexual assault, family members, partners, and community members. Our trained advocates can:
- Be with you at the hospital.
- Help you to decide if you want to report the sexual assault/abuse to the police.
- Go with you to the police station if you decide to report.
- Refer you to helping professionals in the community.
- LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN – any time of the day or night.
Dealing with the effects of sexual assault and sexual abuse can be a very lonely and scary time. You don’t have to go through it alone. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse, stalking or sexual harassment, call our helpline. Our staff and trained volunteers are waiting to hear form you. We care. We believe. We listen. We can help.
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) works to limit the obstacles individuals face as they struggle to cope with the aftermath of sexual assault. Working closely with local law enforcement, the legal system, medical professionals, and the community, SART employs a cohesive, team-based response to assist victim-survivors of sexual violence.
Our SART Coordinators are available to:
- Provide compassionate, confidential support.
- Help you decide whether or not to report a sexual assault to law enforcement.
- Provide support and accompaniment during police interviews or other procedures involving law enforcement.
- Accompany and support survivors and support persons during interactions with the District Attorney’s Office.
- Help arrange medical exams and support during the exams, if you decide to seek them.
- Provide follow up assistance and support as needed.
- Keep survivors up to date on the progress of the investigation.
- Provide survivors and family members with accurate information about the criminal justice system.
- Make referrals to community resources.
- Help survivors file for victim compensation, if appropriate.
Our outreach and education programs help community members understand how to support victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse, how sexual violence impacts everyone in the community, and how to be part of the solution to ending sexual violence. We offer presentations to professionals, systems providers, undergraduate students, service providers and any group interested in learning and helping.
Some examples of the presentations we can provide:
- Sexual Harassment – Flirting or Hurting?
- How to Help Keep Kids Safe
- Internet Safety
- Media Literacy and Sexual Assault
- Sexual Assault of Minors and Maine Law
Children ages 12 to 17 years of age account for approximately a third of all reported rapes, with teens 16 to 19 years of age being three and a half times more likely than the general population to be the victims of rape or sexual assault. Through our school-based programs, school students can receive on-site support. Face-to-face communication and advocacy helps young victim-survivors cope and heal.
Additionally, our school-based prevention education works with all grade levels to help create a safer school environment. We provide both classroom educational presentations to students, as well as specialized training to help teachers and administrators recognize and respond to sexual harassment, acquaintance rape, and child sexual abuse. Comprehensive in scope, our presentations include:
- "Space Ships" - Personal Space Curriculum
- Personal Body Safety
- Friendship Issues
- Positive and Healthy Boundaries
- Bullying Prevention
- Sexual Harassment Prevention
- Healthy Relationships
- Respecting Sexual Limits: Understanding Consent
- Recognizing and Responding: A Workshop for Teachers
- Technology Safety
Support groups give participants a chance to share their experiences, identify coping strategies, learn new information and support one another in their healing process. Specific issues, identified by members, will be addressed during the course of the group.
We offer several support groups:
- Adult Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
- Adult Female Survivors of Rape
- Adult Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse & Rape
- Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Violence
- Non-offending Parents of Sexual Assault/Abuse Survivors
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Androscoggin, Franklin & Oxford Counties (CAC-AFO) is a safe, comfortable, place for a child to be interviewed about sexual or physical abuse. The ACAC is a child-focused, community oriented facility where professionals from many different disciplines meet to discuss the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases.
The mission of the CAC-AFO is to promote the healing of victims of child abuse by providing a strong community response to the investigation and treatment of child abuse.
Cases are referred to the CAC-AFO by either a law enforcement agency or the Maine Department of Health & Human Services. Once a referral has been made, a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is formed. The MDT may include professionals from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, victim advocacy, social services, medical services, and mental health services. The MDT facilitates a forensically sound investigation. The team can then make recommendations about case disposition and possible services for the child. To help create the best outcomes for children and families, the MDT also engages in on-going case review and case tracking.