Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is one of the most traumatic experiences one can face. In Northeast Louisiana, help is available through SART - Ouachita — Sexual Assault Resource Team — a partnership of agencies who provide information and help for those who have been sexually assaulted.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Following are places you can get information and help for sexual assault:

For information and help by phone:
Call our 24-hour help line -
318.998-6030 or 1.888.411.1333.

 

For specialized medical care following an attack:
St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Room
309 Jackson Street
Monroe, LA

Also, any SART - Ouachita member can provide you  with help or information about sexual assault.  What is SART?

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCE TEAM
Ouachita Member Agencies:
St. Francis Medical Center
The Wellspring Counseling & Family Development Center
Family Justice Center - Ouachita

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Family Justice Center and its partner agencies:

 

4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
4th Judicial District Courts/Probation and Parole
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NELA
Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
First Baptist Church of Monroe, LA
Legal Services of North Louisiana Louisiana
Delta Community College
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
University Health
Monroe City Schools
Monroe and West Monroe City Police Departments
Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office
SART Morehouse
Ouachita Parish District Attorney’s Office
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit
Ouachita Parish Police Jury
Office of Community Services
Primary Health Services Center
Seeker Springs
St. Francis Medical Center
The Wellspring Alliance for Families
University Health
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Services available for a person who has been sexually assaulted:

DV PSA photogr 001• Assistance filing law enforcement reports
• Assistance obtaining protective orders
• Consultation with District Attorney’s office
• Phone hotline intervention — anytime day or night, 365 days a year at 318.323.1505
• Domestic violence or sexual assault counseling
• Legal counsel referral to North LA Legal Assistance
• Medical follow-up (by appointment)
• Referral to safe, confidential emergency housing
• Safety planning
• Translation services (by appointment)
• Domestic violence and/or sexual assault education

What you can do to prevent sexual assault
Maintain healthy, respectful relationships that allow you to set limits, feel safe and get support. Healthy relationships mean:

• Touching, kissing, hugging and sexual activity require permission
• Every person has the right to say no and change his or her mind
• Permission is not gained through coaxing, pressuring, force or harassment

What to do after a sexual assault:
IMMEDIATELY AFTER BEING ASSAULTED:
● Get to a safe location away from the person who assaulted you.
● If at all possible, do not take a bath, shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands, change your clothes, eat, drink, smoke, or use the toilet before going to the ER.
● If you have removed the clothing you were wearing during the assault, bring them to the ER with you in a paper bag.
● In Ouachita Parish, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) specially trained to collect evidence and care for sexual assault victims will examine you and collect evidence in case you choose to prosecute.
● Specially trained volunteers are also often available to escort you and help you through this process. They can tell you about other services that are available to you.
● Tell the ER staff if you woke up with memory loss, felt you were more intoxicated than usual with less alcohol, or had clothing missing or on incorrectly.
● Follow up medical care and counseling are available free of charge. Call The Family Justice Center at 318. 998-6030 or the 24/7 crisis line at 1.888.411.1333.

HOW TO GET HELP:
● Go to any hospital emergency room and tell them you have been sexually assaulted. You may opt to have evidence collected or receive medical treatment only. Victims 17 years of age and older, do not have to report to law enforcement in order to have evidence collected.
● Call the Family Justice Center at 318.998.6030 or the 24/7 crisis line at 1.888.411.1333.
● Call 911. Your call will automatically be reported to law enforcement.

HOW A BYSTANDER CAN HELP A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT: Picture1
• To defuse a potentially risky situation, distract the couple or take one person aside.
• Tell the person whose behavior concerns you that you don’t like what he or she has done.
• Ask yourself how you would feel if someone you cared about was being assaulted.
• Track down one of the friends, and get that person to check on them.
• Talk to the person who was at risk of rape. Let them know you saw what happened and that you’re willing to help.
• Knock on or open the door, and ask if everything is okay. It is better to interrupt a scene than stand around while an assault is taking place.
• If someone tells you they’ve been assaulted, remember this is a frightening and confusing time for them. Your support can help them heal, but displays of anger or threats against the perpetrator are not helpful.
• Encourage your friend to get medical assistance within 120 hours of the assault.
• Call a sexual assault crisis center if you have questions, or need support yourself.

From T.R.U.S.T. (Teaching Respect, Understanding, Safety, Tolerance) and Bystander: Do We Step in or Away

SAFETY AND PARTYING WITH ALCOHOL
• Never leave your drink unattended.
• Accept only drinks you order, see prepared and carry yourself.
• Don’t drink from punch bowls or large, open containers.