LaFASA’s Louisiana Sexual Assault Centers

Kris Losee of Lamothe Law Firm in New Orleans by Kris Losee

There is help for survivors of sexual assault. The Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) has 11 accredited Sexual Assault Centers in Louisiana.

From LaFASA’s website – “Local sexual assault centers are an essential resource for survivors, their loved ones, and their communities. These local organizations are supporting people through a very vulnerable time in their lives and helping them navigate complex procedures, such as reporting to law enforcement. LaFASA’s accreditation standards ensure that survivors are receiving quality care and support from well-trained professionals and volunteers.”

All Centers meet the following criteria: “The core services include: hotline and in-person support and referrals, accompaniment to hospitals in the center’s parish for forensic exams, … information on medical and legal options, community outreach and engagement, and primary prevention.”

Some Centers meet the core services and more, including: “The survivor services … include therapy for survivors and their loved ones, accompaniment throughout the service area, and group support. In addition, centers engage in systems-level change efforts through sexual assault response teams (SARTs), training allied professionals in effective victim services, social change campaigns, and coalition-building for prevention.”

If you or someone you know is a sexual assault survivor who needs assistance with the criminal justice system or medical options or counseling, please check the LaFASA website for more information. If you are a sexual assault survivor who needs legal assistance, please contact Lamothe Law Firm.

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