The needs of someone who has experienced sexual assault vary from person to person and may vary over time. In Clay County partnerships have been forged to offer support services, answer questions, and provide resources to those who have experienced the trauma that accompanies these crimes against persons. Specifically, the community of Vermillion, the University of South Dakota, the Vermillion Police Department, the Clay County State’s Attorney’s Office, local victim advocacy groups, and others have partnered to create: I CARE (Inclusion, Compassion, Advocacy, Respect, and Engagement).
I CARE provides advocacy and support for sexual assault survivors. If you, a friend, or loved one has experienced the trauma of sexual assault, access additional information about your rights and options at the ICARE website: http://icarevermillion.com/default.aspx
A sexual assault survivor’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance. Making informed decisions about evidence collection, formal reporting, receiving medical assistance, and/or counseling services is critical, and can impact successful prosecutions and public safety.