The Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC), recognizing the impact of sexual assault on all individuals, families, and communities, counsels and support clients, advocates for the rights of victims and educates for the elimination of sexual assault.
From 1983-1985, victims of sexual violence in Lebanon County were served by local volunteers working with the Harrisburg Rape Crisis Center. Because the number of clients was sufficient to justify a separate service provider, an independent organization was chartered in Lebanon County. In 2009, SARCC expanded geographically into Schuylkill County at the request of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). SARCC is the sole provider of sexual assault services in Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties.
The following accomplishments helped support our mission during a recent fiscal year:
- Handled 1,716 victim-related calls plus 32 online victim contacts.
- Worked with 408 clients, providing 2,487 hours of counseling and case management.
- Served on committees with medical professional and law enforcement personnel to enhance services to victims.
- Presented 988 school programs for 7,561 students.
- Provided in-school programs and information packages to middle and high school students in four school districts.
- Presented 6 programs to community groups for 65 community members.
- Collaborated with the Good Samaritan Hospital in the development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program.
- Introduced two new education programs (Safe Dates and Child Lure) to elementary and high schools.
- Created a Latino Public Service Announcement and education DVD.
- Developed a community advisory board.
- Provided an internet safety program at a Town Hall meeting.
- Free and confidential crisis counseling and intervention 24 hours a day
- Prevention education programs to schools and the public; hospital, court and police accompaniment
- Information and referral
- Bi-lingual (Spanish) counselors
- Empowerment groups
- Prison support groups
- Accessible facility
- Services for survivors with mental health issues
- 24 hour support line