We believe survivors of sexual assault, and those who care about them, deserve the best possible assistance for healing and empowerment.
Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County is committed to providing empathic, non-judgmental, comprehensive services, support and advocacy for survivors and others affected by sexual assault or abuse; raising awareness of sexual assault; and engaging others to join in working toward a community free of sexual violence.
We are committed to making a difference by:
- Providing emotional support and advocacy for those affected by sexual assault or abuse
- Raising awareness of sexual assault
- Engaging others to join in working toward a community free of sexual violence
- Working with our community partners to hold offenders accountable
We also believe that:
- No person has the right to sexually violate another person.
- Sexual assault is an act of power and violence committed by one human being against the will of another.
- Sexual assault is a potentially painful experience, and victims often suffer from both the physical assault and the emotional aftermath.
- Sexual assault is surrounded by societal myths, stereotypes and stigma that may affect the response of the victim, family, friends and community at large.
We define sexual assault as:
- The invasion of a person’s physical and psychological being. It includes: rape, same-sex assault, incest, child molestation and any other sexual activity into which a person is forced without his/her consent.
When the Calhoun County Sexual Assault & Abuse Coordinating Council determined a strong need for sexual assault services, the Battle Creek Health System helped make it a reality. They agreed to become a non-profit fiduciary agent for our program. And in October of 1996, we received our first grant funding and began providing services.
Since then, Sexual Assault Services, with tremendous community support and leadership has become a leading agency in Michigan, working to assist victims, raise awareness and end sexual violence in Calhoun County.
Today, we offer empathic, non-judgmental support to help both victims and their loved ones. And thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, we can continue to support those who need us in our community.
We are now a department of Bronson Battle Creek
, and the Sexual Assault Coordinating Council is merged as part of the Calhoun County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
2013 Donor Pledge Letter
to read the 2013 donor pledge letter from Joyce Siegel, Program Manager at Sexual Assault Services. All past, present and future support is greatly appreciated as the need is great for those that we serve.