The Sexual Abuse Response Center (SARC) provides education, counseling and advocacy services to survivors of all kinds of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, intimate partner sexual violence, prisoner rape, and military sexual trauma & human trafficking.

SARC services are available to all survivors of sexual violence. We are here for a lifetime. Our services are also available to parents, caregivers, and friends. Services are free of charge.

ASSISTANCE

If you are a victim and would like to receive counseling or emotional support, Call our 24/7 Crisis Line: 337.233.RAPE(7273)

Our crisis line is operated by trained advocates that can answer questions, be a listening ear, provide support, and provide referrals to appropriate resources. It’s confidential and free.

SARC Services

  • Short-term mental health services for survivors of sexual violence
  • Individual short-term trauma informed counseling
  • Support groups to assist in long-term recovery
  • Advocacy services that include:
    • ER accompaniment at these hospitals:
      Oschner Lafayette General Medical Center, Oschner University Medical Center, Oschner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Emergency Room – Scott, The Heart Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, Abbeville General Hospital, Iberia General Medical Center
    • Law enforcement interview accompaniment
    • Court accompaniment
    • Criminal justice advocacy
    • Assistance with temporary restraining orders and protective orders
    • Referrals and resources
    • Safety planning
    • Coordination and case tracking efforts through Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
    • Case tracking
    • Community Outreach and Prevention Education
  • Child sexual development classes
  • Community & school education programs

REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

A report can be made to law enforcement at any time after an assault. You have the right to have an advocate present with you when making your report. An advocate will be able to assist you with case tracking and provide you with updates from Law Enforcement. After it has been sent to the DA’s office- an advocate can continue to track the entirety of your case. Advocates are also available for criminal court-accompaniment

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS & PROTECTIVE ORDERS

Advocates are able to assist you in filing for temporary restraining orders. They may then go with you to your hearing in front of a hearing officer/judge, solely as emotional support.

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