Our mission is the prevention of sexual violence and the support of its victims.
The Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of survivors of sexual violence and the people who support them. We are also committed to helping individuals, groups, and communities prevent sexual violence through advocacy and education.
All services are confidential and free of charge.
Sexual Assault is any type of sexual contact in which a person is tricked, lured, bribed, or forced into without his/her consent. Victims are of any age, sex, race, and social class. It is NOT victim provoked or related to "uncontrollable passion". Sexual violence is primarily about aggression, power, and control. It is most often a felony crime and punishable by prison.
Sexual Abuse is when a person responsible for a child's care, or a person in a position of authority, has sexual contact with a child under the age of 18, that violates the criminal sexual conduct code, engages a child in prostitution, or engages a child in sexual performance. Sexual contact includes fondling, touching intimate parts, and sexual intercourse. Sexual abuse also includes the use of a child in production of sexually explicit works, or knowingly allowing a child to engage in the activities described in this paragraph. It is most often a felony crime and punishable by prison.
Sexual Harassment is any unwanted sexual attention a person experiences as an employee, student, client, patient, tenant, customer, or other recipient of service. The harasser may be a boss, co-worker, teacher, landlord, professional, client, or customer. Sexual harassment is against the law. Formal action can include a formal complaint with your union, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or Minnesota Department of Human Rights; or you can file a civil suit against the harasser or business/educational institution for monetary damages.
What to do if you have been a victim of sexual assault/abuse:
Get yourself to a safe place.
Call a friend/relative for support. No one should try to cope with the trauma alone.
Call the Sexual Assault Program for options, assistance, and support.
Remember - you are not to blame for having been sexually assaulted!
For help, call the Sexual Assault Program at (218) 749-4725, or 1-800-300-3102. Crisis calls are answered 24-hours per day, 7 days per week.
You do not have to identify yourself to have questions answered. We answer questions over the phone, in person, or we will mail information packets to you.
You may stop in the Program office, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
505 12th Avenue West
Virginia, Minnesota 55792
We are here because we care!
Donations to our program are always welcome. We are grateful to the many individuals and community groups who have given emotional and financial support for our work.
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