The Sexual Assault Crisis Team (SACT) of Washington County provides comprehensive services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, including emergency shelter and transitional housing for female victims of sexual violence and male victims of sexual or domestic violence, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, crisis services, support groups, and educational forums; legal services are available to victims of sexual assault.
After visiting Bobbi Gagne at the SACT shelter, I was overwhelmed by the organization's respectful, client-centered approach to assisting LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. In over a decade of doing anti-violence work, attending national conferences, helping to coordinate an LGBTQ national coalition, and countless hours of research, I rarely came accross a shelter focusing so clearly on survivors of sexual violence. SACT does this and extends their work to be absulutely embracing of our community.
Recently, Bobbi and her team went the extra mile and created a space in the shelter that will allow survivovrs to have a slightly longer stay in an apartment on the first floor. They want everyone who comes to feel welcomed, not just because they say that all are welcomed, but because when someone steps foot in the space, they see LGBTQ culture all around them.
Please, if anyone has any LGBTQ items-maybe a flag, or those rainbow dishtowels you bought in PTown that you never used, or framed poster that you no longer have wall space for, please let me know. I'd love to bring them down to the shelter. I don't want to have to rent a UHaul, so call me or email me before you bring anything over to the Center.
If you would like to know more about the ways that SACT operates or the efforts they have made to welcome our community, give me a call or email me. I know you will be as impressed as I am.