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Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) is a certified rape crisis program working in cooperation with the Women’s Center to provide free and confidential support and advocacy services to sexual assault victims and their loved ones.
SAVS is staffed with victim advocates who provide victims with emotional support and assistance in making informed decisions. SAVS advocates are specially trained to assist victims with options about reporting the crime and obtaining heath care after the assault, as well as assist with coordination of services, information and referrals. Victim advocates also provide criminal justice information, assistance with Crime Victim Compensation, and referrals to appropriate community resources.
SAVS advocates are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention and advocacy services. SAVS has a rape crisis center staffed with sexual assault nurse examiners and advocates readily available at any time. Advocates can provide support throughout the sexual assault forensic examination as well as accompany victims to interviews with law enforcement and courtroom appearances.
For General information, please contact SAVS during regular business hours:
Fact Sheet: Sexual Assault Statistics
According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010*(1):
• 1,266,000 women in Florida have been raped at some point in their lives. That’s 17% or 1 in 6 women in Florida.
• 41.8% of women, or 3,111,000, in Florida have been victimized by sexual violence other than rape.
• 79.6% of female victims who have experienced one or more completed rape experienced the first rape
before the age of 25; 42.2% were under 18 at the time of the first completed rape.
• 20.4% of men, or 1,437,000 men, in Florida have been victimized by sexual violence other than rape.
• More than one quarter (27.8%) of male victims who have experienced at least one completed rape experienced the first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.
*For this survey, rape is defined as completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated forced penetration. “Sexual violence other than rape” means unwanted sexual contact short of penetration, and unwanted, coerced penetration.