We believe survivors of sexual assault, and those who care about them, deserve the best possible assistance for healing and empowerment.
Sexual Assault Services 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 help in holding offenders accountable and to achieve 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 through a team of specially trained individuals who can offer support, answer questions and provide need.
- 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, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.
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 communities.
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. We provide sexual assault nurse examiner services at several hospitals throughout the region including Bronson Battle Creek, Bronson LakeView Hospital and Bronson Methodist Hospital.
Help support our mission
Help support our mission by making a donation today. To make a tax-deductible gift to Sexual Assault Services, send a check made payable to SAS/BBC and send it to 36 W. Manchester, Battle Creek, MI 49037. Or, click on the ‘donate’ icon located on the right side of your screen.
Your gift will be used to support the Sexual Assault Prevention & Community Education Program.
At Bronson each of our patients has the right to dignified, respectful, considerate care regardless of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or ability to pay for care.