Mission: To support and assist victims of sexual violence; provide education, allied professional training and community outreach, and promote an effective, collobrative, multi-disciplinary response to sexual violence in our community.
Programs: Sexual assault response and awareness, inc. (sara) is the sexual assualt crisis center that serves the roanoke valley. Sara provides direct services to victims of sexual violence and their families in the form of 24-hour crisis intervention; emotional support; on-going counseling and therapy; personal advocacy; emergency room and court accompaniment; information and referral; and, criminal justice support. We maintain 24-hour sexual assualt crisis hotline staffed by specially trained volunteers. We provide trauma-informed therapy and counseling services. We conduct allied professional training on the issues surrounding sexual violence. We coordinate and oversee the area's sexual assault response teams(sart) comprised of prosecutors, law enforcement, victim-witness, victim services and forensic nurses. All sara services are free, voluntary and confidential. We served 521 individuals during fy2017. From july, 2017 thru december, 2017, we have provided services to 332 individuals.