The Sex Abuse Treatment Center
The Sex Abuse Treatment Center was established in 1976 in response to the community's concern over the absence of medical, psychological and legal support services for victims and the absence of police reporting because of this condition. There was no facility in Hawaii for victims of sexual assault to receive comprehensive and confidential care.
With State government funds, the SATC implemented 24-hour crisis counseling and legal support services for victims and their families and developed the protocol for the medical examination and legal evidence collection for sexual assault crimes. In addition, counseling services were provided to victims and their families following the initial crisis, and medical personnel, police and prosecutors were trained on victim sensitivity. Through these actions, victims became increasingly willing to report the sexual assault to the police, testify in court and were better able to recover from the trauma of a sexual assault.
Services:24/7 On-Call Crisis Intervention: Immediate Attention, Information & Referral Services
- Phone crisis response for counseling, referral and information
- In-person crisis counseling, legal systems advocacy at any time
- Crisis counseling and legal systems advocacy at the time of the medical-legal examination
- Outreach and case management services to coordinate ongoing care and encourage participation in therapy
- Phone information and referral for non-crisis inquiries about sexual violence and other information requests
- 24 hours/7days per week immediate forensic examination of adults and minors, which include medical evaluation, collection of legal evidence and treatment. Exams are done within 72 hours of assault with use of a standardized sexual assault kit.
- Post-72 hours medical evaluation of minors suspected of sexual assault
Therapy, Case Management and Legal Systems Advocacy
- Assessment and treatment planning, including referrals for medication
Individual, family, group, couples therapy
Case management to coordinate care
Continuous evaluation of client status and progress
Legal systems advocacy to support victims through judicial proceedings, civil and criminal
Sexual assault services for victims of domestic violence
Prevention and Education
- Education for school aged children (pre-school to 12) in the prevention of sexual violence
- Education for community organizations on general information about sexual violence and prevention
- Media activities and community-based wellness events to promote awareness of sexual violence and related services
- Training and consultation to professionals on the identification, response and treatment of sexual violence victims
- Participation in degree programs for the training and education of professionals
- Participation in community meetings, coalitions and task force groups
- Advocacy to shape laws and improve services
- Data collection and generation of research, publications and literature about sexual violence
Capacity Building Services
- Delivery of standardized, statewide sexual violence services
- Statewide Medical-Legal Project
24-hour Hotline: 808-524-RAPE (7273)
55 Merchant Street, 22nd Fl.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813