A Vision for the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center (CASARC)
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CASARC is the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center, a joint inter-agency community effort to create a single point of prevention, response, and after care for sexual assault victims and their ...

CASARC is the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center, a joint inter-agency community effort to create a single point of prevention, response, and after care for sexual assault victims and their significant others.

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  • Leann first; Lauren second; Steve last
  • STEVE Evidence-based, best practice The majority of crisis centers in Michigan are community-based – Our vision is to have a community-based center dedicated to sexual assault.
  • LEANN Majority don’t come forward
  • LAUREN
  • STEVE
  • STEVE Each step of the way, it is very easy for victims to drop off But this person made it this far, and then this far…
  • LEANN/Lauren
  • LAUREN/LEANN LAUREN – The trauma of rape extends beyond the actual incident. There are many challenges that unfold afterward – reporting to police, telling friends and family, seeking medical care, prosecution or denial of charges, emotional wounds, etc. Easy to drop off at every point of this process Rape crisis center minimizes the likelihood that the victim will drop out LEANN – broken arm heals raped pt benefits most from therapy
  • LAUREN Why do we need this? Sexual assault happens in our community and has a pervasive impact on everyone. The UCR is widely acknowledged to be only a small representation of what actually is reported Even so, there were 456 reports in Ingham County for 2007 alone
  • LAUREN/LEANN LAUREN - Part of the underreporting is a fear of police and hospital, fear of judgment and isolation. We need to increase the number of people who report, which will increase the number who are prosecuted. LEANN – Ask yourself if you would want to report being raped
  • STEVE Who is this for? Emphasis on family members, loved ones, and friends who are all impacted by rape Talk about what it’s like to work in this field as a man
  • STEVE/Leann why the Listening Ear Why is it community-based vs. hospital based? Improved health and safety Free & collaborative One-stop shopping Provides continued support
  • STEVE A comprehensive community based sexual assault response will empower the change from victim to survivor instead of services all over the county there will be one place & services will be brought to her/him
  • STEVE Ingham county community partners established these goals
  • LAUREN Emphasis on the individual will experience improved short & long term healing We know that when survivors have access to resources it improves and strengthens the healing process. Consolidated services allow survivors to more easily access the help they need. More people can receive the medical exam, file a police report, and receive counseling. The community benefits as well.
  • LEANN This project you are going to support will transform our community Victimization is at epidemic proportions and cost our county billions of $$ This project will transform Ingham county to a healthier safer place Emphasis on the community
  • LEANN
  • STEVE Evidence-based, best practice The majority of crisis centers in Michigan are community-based – Our vision is to have a community-based center dedicated to sexual assault.

A Vision for the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center (CASARC) A Vision for the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center (CASARC) Presentation Transcript

  • Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center Presented by: Leann C. Holland, RN SANE-A, SANE-P, CFN Lauren Allswede, LLMSW Stephen Bon, LMSW July 22, 2009
  • Our Vision
    • Developing the Capital Area Sexual
    • Assault Response Center (CASARC):
    • 24-hour, community based, comprehensive center
    • Centrally located
    • Medical forensic examinations, counseling, advocacy services, police interviews
  • Take a minute to imagine…
    • 1 in 4 women
    • 1 in 10 men
    • 1 in 4 girls will be raped by age 16
    • 1 in 6 boys will be raped by age 16
  • Current Conditions for Sexual Assault Survivors
    • Fragmented service provision
    • Services are hard to identify
    • Transportation barriers
    • Chaotic environment at hospital
    • Lack of community awareness
  • Fragmented Service Provision Lansing Police Department South Precinct Lansing Police Department North Precinct Sparrow Hospital Listening Ear MSU Sexual Assault Program Women’s Center of Greater Lansing Angel House (Mason)
  • A Victim’s Journey: First Response
    • “ Jane” was sexually assaulted in South Lansing and called the Lansing Police to report the assault.
    • Officer response
    • Transport to hospital
  • A Victim’s Journey: Hospital/SANE Exam
    • Waiting at Emergency Room
    • Advocate and SANE nurse are paged
    • SANE Exam
    • Victim leaves hospital
  • Registration AND THEN…
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  • Waiting area AND THEN…
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  • 2 nd floor hall to exam room AND THEN…
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  • Components of the Medical Forensic Examination
    • Obtain history for the purpose of medical diagnosis and treatment
    • Perform a head-to-toe physical assessment. Photo document as indicated (trauma).
    • Perform a detailed oral, ano-genital assessment. Photo document as indicated (trauma).
    • Identify, collect, and package any possible forensic evidence (evaluation).
    • Provide medical treatment(s) according to program protocols as indicated (emergency contraception, medications to prevent diseases
    • Initiate appropriate nursing interventions.
    • Referrals & may serve as expert witness
  • A Victim’s Journey: Aftercare
    • Victim may need follow up medical care or further forensic evidence gathering
    • Counseling and advocacy services available at Listening Ear, MSU Sexual Assault Program, Women’s Center of Greater Lansing & Angel House
    • Most victims do not follow through with aftercare services
  • Sexual Assault in Ingham County
    • Sexual assault has a pervasive impact
    • on our community.
    • 456 reports of criminal sexual conduct and other related sex offenses
    • Of those reports, only 54 resulted in an arrest (11.8% arrest rate)
    • 2007 Uniform Crime Report
  • Given that only 10-30% of rape victims report the crime, we estimate that 1,000-3,000 assaults were NOT reported to law enforcement in 2007 alone.
    • There are approximately 278,000 people in Ingham County as of 2008.
    • Based on national statistics, over 40,000 women in Ingham County have been or will be directly affected by sexual assault in their lifetimes.
  • Why a community-based sexual assault response center?
    • Services are easy to identify & access
    • Services are consolidated
    • Improves short and long-term well being of survivors
    • Increases prosecution and conviction of perpetrators
    • Increases service utilization
    • ALL services are FREE
    • Strengthens community relationships
    • Reduces cost to health care providers
    • Improved health & safety of individuals & the community
  • Community response + rape victim = SURVIVOR
  • Comprehensive & Centrally Located Proposed CASARC Site
  • CASARC Goals
    • Sexual assault services will be survivor-oriented
    • Sexual assault perpetrators will be held accountable
    • Sexual assault services will be collaborative
    • Sexual assault service providers
    • will be proficient
  • Survivor Impact
    • Psychological & emotional well-being
    • Reduced financial burden
    • Improved school/work success
    • Resilient interpersonal relationships
    • Increased social support
    • Increased likelihood of following through with services and prosecution
  • Transformative Change
    • CASARC will make our community safer & socially responsive
    • Best practices model for the state
    • Demonstrated community need
    • Mission and goals of CASARC align with the CRCF
    • Collaborative community effort
    • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
    • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Thank You! Questions?
    • Our Vision: Developing the Capital Area
    • Sexual Assault Response Center
    • 24-hour, community based, comprehensive center
    • Centrally located
    • Medical forensic examinations, counseling, advocacy services, police interviews
  • Contact Us
    • Leann Holland, RN SANE-A, SANE-P, CFN
    • 1215 Michigan Ave
    • Lansing, MI 48909
    • office-517-364-3641
    • cell-517-285-2203
    • pager-517-226-6508
    • [email_address]
    • Lauren Allswede, LLMSW
    • 313 W. Grand River
    • East Lansing, MI 48823
    • office-517-337-1728
    • [email_address]
    • Stephen Bon, LMSW
    • 313 W. Grand River
    • East Lansing, MI 48823
    • office-517-337-1728
    • [email_address]