Sexual Assault Center has Eunice site

The St. Landry/Evangeline Sexual Assault Center announced that it will be working in collaboration with the United Community Health Center at 450 Moosa Boulevard, Suite E in attempt to provide services for victims of sexual assault.

Yancy Fontenot, director of The United Community Health Center, offered S.L.E.S.A.C. office space to see clients who otherwise could not go to the main office in Opelousas because of transportation problems.

According to the Assault Center Director, Laura Balthazar, anyone wishing to contact the office for services can call 585-4673. The only eligibility is that the client must be five (5) years of age prior to beginning individual therapy. Clients will be seen on Thursdays in Eunice. Both agencies are funded through United Way.

The St. Landry/Evangeline Sexual Assault Center is a non-profit organization; therefore, individual counseling is free of charge. Their mission is to provide comprehensive short-term sexual trauma treatment services to the survivors of sexual trauma and/or violent crimes.

Among services provided:

Provide emotional support to all victims of sexual assault in St.Landry and Evangeline Parishes, whether they choose to report the crime to law enforcement or not;

Provide a medical escort who will accompany the rape victim to the hospital and remain with them;

Provide short-term crisis intervention therapy on an individual basis to the survivor of sexual assault or abuse;

Assist in securing extended counseling services within the community for the clients;

Provide a 24-hour crisis hot-line service to all individuals in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes;

Enhance awareness by providing information on the subject of rape and its effects on the victim and family;

Provide community education to the community by presentations and displays.

The Center will make referrals to appropriate medical, legal, pastoral, and mental health services, upon the request of the victim.

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