The purpose of the Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center shall be to facilitate healing for victims of sexual assault and their families through on-going crisis intervention services; to promote community awareness of the Center's services; to educate our students and community about the nature of sexual assault - in terms of prevention as well as the need for support to its survivors; and, to foster strong partnerships with all agencies involved in dealing with sexual assault.
In 1992, a task force called Rome Rape Response was formed to meet a recognized community need for services for survivors of sexual assault. Due to lack of funding it was difficult to schedule and supervise volunteers. After one year, the group diminished into a few volunteers who continued to respond to crisis calls to the best of their abilities. In 1995, The Women's Information Network, wrote a grant to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, & received funding in August of 1996; thus allowing the re-establishment under the new name Rape Response of Rome. In 1998, the agency separated from The Women's Information Network to become an independent, non-profit agency, & changed its name to The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia (SACNWGA). In 2008, the SACNWGA opened an office in Fort Oglethorpe that would serve Walker, Catoosa, & Dade Counties. In 2012, the Fort Oglethorpe office became its own independent, non-profit agency & changed its name to The Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center (SAVAC). Since then, SAVAC has maintained each of it's funding sources & has a very active community Board of Directors. SAVAC also relies heavily on volunteers to assist in answering crisis hotline calls, accompaniment cases, fundraising events, & community outreach. The future work of The Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center will continue to be providing supportive services for survivors of sexual assault, stalking, teen dating violence, & human trafficking.
On average there are 321,500 victims, age 12 or older, of rape & sexual assault each year in the United States.
Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape & sexual assault.
Men & Boys are also affected. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual assault.
People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.
Victims of rape or attempted rape who don't report to police don't for a number of reasons being they thought that nothing could be done, thought is was a private matter, were afraid of the police response, or felt it wasn't important enough to report.
Only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false.
Volunteer Your Time
We are always looking for volunteers to help us at the Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocacy Center. If you are interested in volunteering with us and would like more information about what it would entail, please email us at or email@example.com.