Who we are.
Sexual Assault Services of Racine County (SAS) is Racine’s rape crisis center. SAS has been operating in the community for the past 20 years, first as a program of Lutheran Social Services and more recently as an associate of Focus on Community. Exciting changes are ahead in July 2021 when SAS will become an independent nonprofit under the new name of BeLEAF Survivors.
Like Sexual Assault Services of Racine County, BeLEAF Survivors will seek to provide a safe and compassionate environment to promote hope and healing after sexual assault. The “LEAF” portion of BeLEAF means lifting, empowering, advocating, and fighting for survivors, allies, and a culture of consent. BeLEAF staff and location will remain and all SAS services will continue uninterrupted. These include crisis intervention, therapy for survivors and their support people, advocacy, and community education.
OUR MOST INDISPENSIBLE SERVICE
Hospital Response Team
Volunteer advocates and staff respond 24 hours a day to Racine and Burlington hospitals to meet with survivors and families to provide emotional support and information.
What services are available?
BeLEAF Survivors’ Sexual Assault Services Program (SAS) provides the following services to the Racine community. All services are available free of charge.
Short- and long-term therapy is provided free of charge by Masters level counselors to individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by sexual violence.
SAS provides support groups for survivors of sexual assault and their support people.
All groups are confidential.
Information & Referrals
SAS provides referrals to community resources serving survivors and their families.
A SAS Family Advocate provides support, information, and advocacy to the children and families served at the Racine County Child Advocacy Center.
SAS provides support and information throughout the legal process. Staff can accompany survivors and their families to court, as well as attend hearings that survivors and their families cannot or wish not to attend.
SAS provides free educational programs and in-services for community groups, organizations, schools, businesses, and government entities. SAS also helps organize community awareness events and informational displays.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteer advocates spend one day a month answering crisis calls
from survivors and other concerned community members,
as well as responding to area hospitals when a survivor reports an assault.
Call BeLEAF at (262) 619-1634 to learn more about available volunteer opportunities.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers are also needed.
What People Say
“But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.”Robert Uttaro, “To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence”
“This book does not have a happy ending. The happy part is there is no ending, because I’ll always find a way to keep going.”
Chanel Miller, “Know My Name”