Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, Inc.
PO Box 6764
Name of Programs Funded through UW: Self Defense Program & Prevention Education.
Contact Name: Ashley Carpenter
Phone Number: 304.234.1783
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Sexual Assault Help Center?
The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center (SAHC) is a private, non-profit rape crisis center. We provide 24/7 service to survivors of sexual violence. SAHC has been providing service since 1978 and covers an official WV five-county area of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties.
The mission statement of SAHC reads: “The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center believes that the crimes of sexual assault and sexual abuse are a public policy issue, touching all aspects of a victim’s life, the lives of their family members and the community-at-large. It is the commitment of the Sexual Assault Help Center to provide support and community education to empower the victim/survivor to achieve a healthy resolution and to decrease these crimes.”
SAHC offers free and confidential counseling to survivors and their loved ones who have experienced directly or indirectly sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking, stalking. We also offer medical and legal accompaniments, advocacy services, and prevention education presentations to schools and community organizations.
How does the United Way support the Sexual Assault Help Center?
The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, Inc. conducts a free Empowerment Self Defense Class for the public. A piece of our mission statement is to provide community education to empower victims/survivors. With this Empowerment Class, we have provided education about what it means to defend yourself in crises. This class also teaches people to use physical tools to deter potential predators effectively. Because of the continued support through the United Way, SAHC has grown in this educational class by adding a part two where the public learns about what it takes emotionally and psychologically to combat potential predators that may be within the inner circle of their lives. In addition, we have adapted this class to suit agencies and small groups in various ways.
The United Way also provides SAHC funding to provide prevention education throughout the Ohio Valley. Prevention education is vital to changing the culture and society that creates a harmful narrative to victims and survivors of sexual violence. SAHC’s mission is to provide prevention education with various evidence-based curriculums for elementary schools, middle and high schools, adults, parents, and other service providers.
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About the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley
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