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Get Help - Break the Silence

It is not your fault. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, SACNWGA is here to help. Whether the attack happened recently or decades ago, SACNWGA wants to support you as you heal. SACNWGA offers confidential and free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.

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Get Informed - Are You a Victim?

Sometimes sexual violence can be confusing. The more you know, the better off our world will be. Who does sexual assault happen to? Where does sexual assault happen?Anyone. Everywhere. Sexual assault survivors are men, women, straight people, gay people, children, the elderly, people with mental and/or physical disabilities. Sexual assault happens in every community.

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Speak Out - Volunteer!

Are you looking for an opportunity to empower survivors of sexual assault? Do you have a unique talent to share? Do you love events and enjoy working behind the scenes? SACNWGA has a number of opportunities to apply your talents and interests to the work of ending sexual violence!

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Your gift creates a welcome and safe space for victims and their families to heal together. Your gift ensures survivors of sexual assault have the resources they need to be supported. Your gift helps us get one step closer to preventing sexual violence from happening again. Your gift, no matter the size, makes a great difference in the effort to stop sexual assault.

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Sexual Assault 1011 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

Effects of Sexual AssaultDepression, Substance Abuse, Suicide

What is sexual assault?No Matter What...It Should Never Happen!

Sexual assault is defined as any unwanted, forced, or coerced sexual contact without the consent or against the will of another person. It can range from inappropriate touching to penetration.

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"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
-Margaret Mead

Volunteer Program

SAC relies on dedicated volunteers to staff the 24-hour hotline. Volunteers complete 40 hours of training, a background check, application and interview and then sign up for on-call shifts. If you are interested in volunteering visit "Volunteer Info" We also have internships available. Get Involved!

Volunteer Advocate

Volunteer Advocates serve as key members of the Sexual Assault Center's team. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, provide crisis care to victims, hospital accompaniment, on-site exams, one-on-one crisis intervention and victim/law enforcement liaison. If you are interested or would like to find out more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crisis Call Responders

Volunteers that serve as a sounding board to survivors of sexual assault via phone calls. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, answering crisis calls in 12 hour shifts. Please note that the crisis call responder may or may not receive calls during a volunteer shift. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Events and Fundraiser Volunteer

Come help out with one of our many events throughout the year or become a member of our fundraiser committee. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Internships are available! Please contact the office at 706-292-9024 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"Educating the mind without educating the heart
Is no education at all."

Community Outreach

Prevention education is offered by SAC staff and volunteers. SAC speaks to community groups, elementary, middle, and high schools, and colleges. Speakers present curricula and informational sessions on bullying, harassment, healthy relationships, safe dating, and sexual assault prevention. Volunteer and health fair presentations are made on a regular basis as well. To schedule a visit to your school or group, contact our office at 706-292-9024.

Agency Training

SAC provides training to community agencies, businesses, schools, law enforcement, hospital staff, and organizations. Topics and presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of your group or agency. The following are a few examples of training topics: sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence, drug facilitated assault, SAC services.

Resource Library

SAC has a collection of resources pertaining to sexual violence. Included are educational videos, books, training guides, and articles. If you are interested in reviewing our materials, please contact the office for a list of titles.

SART Committee (Sexual Assault Response Team)

The Sexual Assault Response Team is a multi-disciplinary task force of professionals who provide direct services (i.e. medical care, criminal justice assistance, law enforcement) to individuals who have been sexually assaulted.

SANE Program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)

SANE nurses provide forensic medical assessment and care to survivors of sexual assault. All SANE nurses have attended a comprehensive state training focusing on assessment, examination, collection of forensic evidence, documentation, and criminal justice procedures. If you are interested in becoming a SANE nurse please contact us here.

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What is Consent?

Consent is a continual process by which partners each explicitly and mutually agree and give permission to sexual contact without force, coercion or threat of coercion. The need for consent is not measured by the type or degree of contact...consent should be a part of any sexual contact with your partner. The absence of consent makes rape or other violations a very serious possibility. For example, sexual foreplay does not imply consent to engage in intercourse or other forms of sex. If a person has not explicitly said, "Yes, I want to do this," then it is wrong to assume that consent has been given. When you aren't sure, ASK. If the answer is not clear, remember that ambivalence is an answer, too. It usually means, "I'm not ready yet, even if I might want to one day." It's OK to talk about that. Talking and listening will help you understand your partner better and help you both effectively communicate with each other.

When consent and the ability of a partner to ask for consent is present, each partner has the freedom to choose. Having this choice represents our mutual right to feel safe, increases the trust between two partners, and recognizes each person's autonomy and participation in the decision making. Being respectful enough to ask for consent also means being prepared to accept the answer. While we may be frustrated, embarrassed, disappointed, or uncomfortable when our partner is unsure about having sex, none of those emotions cause someone to control another person sexually. Most of us do not feel the need to overpower and control our partners sexually. Most of us respect our partners' right to say yes or no. Most of us do not want to harm our partners, but realize that the freedom to say "yes" is meaningful only if you are free to say "no."

Consent is...

  • Freely given
  • Mutually agreed upon
  • Consent is based on choice
  • Consent is active not passive
  • Consent is possible only when there is equal power
  • Giving in because of fear is NOT consent
  • Consent is NOT the same as cooperation
  • Deception or manipulation eliminates the possibility of consent
  • If you can't say "no" comfortably then "yes" has no meaning
  • If you are unwilling to accept "no" then "yes" has no meaning
  • Consent means to give permission by saying "yes"
  • Giggling, changing the subject, or squirming away does not say "yes" or a "no"
  • To give your permission you must be able to say "yes" or "no" without pressure

There are times when a person is not legally able to consent.

Consent Cannot Be Given If:

  • a person is incapacitated by any drug or intoxicant
  • a person has been purposely compelled by force, threat of force, or deception unaware that the act is being committed because they are unconscious
  • ability to consent or resist is obviously impaired because of mental or physical condition
  • a person is coerced by supervisory or disciplinary authority
  • under the legal age of consent, which is 16 in Georgia

What are Perpetrator Tactics?

A characteristic of perpetrators is that they ignore the feelings of the person they are with. Because sexual assault is an act of aggression, power, and anger, someone who is sexually violent tends to behave in ways that are intended to control others. Often they do things that are intended to "test" someone, to see how much they can get away with. Offenders often use behaviors to break down someone's defenses and make that person more vulnerable to being assaulted. This is especially true of those who rape people they know, which is the majority of rapists.

Sometimes people think that "date rape" is the result of miscommunication between a man and a woman or a "he said, she said case." However, if a man misinterprets a woman's friendliness as interest in sex, or thinks he's getting mixed messages, while he may be frustrated, embarrassed, or disappointed when he finds out that this was not her intent, this is not a cause of sexual assault. The normal response of most men to this sort of misunderstanding would be the same as with any other: to try and clear up the confusion; to get angry and leave; to ask, "why not?"; to apologize for misunderstanding. The normal response for most men is not to attack the person they've misunderstood. However, someone wanting to have power and control over someone sexually, would not see it as just a misunderstanding, but would in fact value their own feelings and desires over the victim's by ignoring the feelings, wishes, and rights of the victim. The need to control someone sexually against their will is what makes a rapist choose to rape.

3 Stages of Behavior

Many of these behaviors can occur over time or occur in one night. Some may seem like normal dating rituals, and may not necessarily lead to an assault. However, having an understanding of these strategies can be helpful. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees and this list of strategies is not meant to imply that if you just pay attention to these behaviors that you will be safe. We have no way of truly preventing sexual assault...only the perpetrator can DECIDE not to sexually assault someone.

Stage One: Intrusion

Intrusion is the strategy a rapist uses to "test" someone, to see what behaviors will "pass." They may try to cross someone's boundaries in various ways; by sitting or standing too closely, toughing the person in ways that make her/him uncomfortable and then ignoring the discomfort, or saying things that are inappropriate.

Stage Two: Desensitization

Desensitization is the tactic used by the rapist to get someone "accustomed" to sexually coercive behavior. During this stage the offender tries to make the person feel less sensitive to the intrusion by minimizing his/her reactions to the offensive behavior. A person may begin to question their feelings or feel that they are overreacting, and not recognize the assault for what it is.

Stage Three: Isolation

Isolation is removing someone physically from sources of safety and support, or convincing her that no one cares or will believe her. The person is often manipulated to the point where a quick and assertive response may be difficult or impossible.

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24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: (866) 655-8625


What is Sexual Assault?

People's first dignity is the right over their own body. If they feel dread, fear, shock, horror, humiliation, disgust, or even reluctance over anything another person is trying to make them do with their body, they are being sexually assaulted.

Sexual assault includes any type of sexual conduct or contact that is nonconsensual, forced or coerced. The continuum of sexual assault includes rape, attempted rape, statutory rape, acquaintance rape, marital/partner rape, sexual harassment, child molestation, incest, sexual exploitation, stalking, exposure, and voyeurism. Sexual assault occurs any time a person is forced into any sexual act. Force includes physical violence, verbal threats, threatening to "out" someone, overpowering the person, manipulation, using a weapon, drugging someone, abusing authority or taking advantage of someone or their situation. For example, a person who is incapacitated from drugs or alcohol cannot give consent to sex. Consent has to be mutually given and freely given by both parties.

Sexual Assaults can occur in any type of relationship. It can happen with friends, acquaintances, family, co-workers, and intimate partners (including spouses) and strangers. It can also happen between doctors and patients, students and teachers, clergy and parishioners, parents and their children. Sexual assault crosses all socioeconomic boundaries. Sexual assault can happen to anyone of either gender at any age. Other offenses happen when the personal space or safety of an individual is violated (e.g., obscene phone calls, being stalked, or being exposed to pornography without consent).

Remember, sexual assault is a crime motivated by the need to control, humiliate, and harm. It's a crime even if you already know the person who attacked you and even if you've had consensual sex with them in the past. It's a crime even if you were too afraid to fight back. It's a crime even if you were drinking, taking drugs, given drugs, or unconscious. It does not matter if it happened years ago or if you have been told "It wasn't a big deal." It does not matter if it was not a completed rape, or if you were not physically hurt. Any type of sexual assault, at any time is a crime and only the perpetrator of these crimes can be held responsible for their actions.