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.
1995 - The Women's Information Network wrote a grant to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and received funding in August of 1996. It was this grant which would allow for re-establishment under the new name Rape Response of Rome.
1998 - The Rape Response of Rome separated from The Women's Information Network to become an independent, non-profit agency, and changed its name to The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia (SACNWGA).
2008 - SACNWGA opened an office in Fort Oglethorpe that would serve Walker, Catoosa, & Dade Counties.
2012 - The Fort Oglethorpe office became its own independent, non-profit agency, and changed its name to The Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center (SAVAC). Since then, SAVAC has maintained each of its funding sources, and has maintained a very active community Board of Directors. SAVAC also relies heavily on a volunteer program to staff the office. Volunteers provide our office with administrative support and assistance. In addition, qualified volunteers also may assist in answering the crisis hotline, accompaniment of cases, fundraising events, and community outreach and awareness. For more information, please visit our link above to "Get Involved."
The Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center continues to provide free and confidential support services for survivors of sexual assault, stalking, teen dating-violence, & human trafficking. For more information on our services, please see our Services menu.