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Our Mission
To facilitate healing for victims of sexual assault and their families through on-going crisis intervention services; to promote community awareness of the Center's services; to educate our students and community about the nature of sexual assault; and, to foster strong partnerships with all agencies involved in dealing with sexual assault.

Serving Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Polk and Bartow Counties

Our Guiding Principles

The Sexual Assault Center is committed to:

Serving all survivors and those supportive of them at any time regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, income, ability, religion, or geography.
Creating a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment for survivors and their families.
Providing timely access to services and programs.
Working to end the silence surrounding sexual violence.
Educating our community to the realities of sexual violence and it's impact on the entire community.
Fostering strong partnerships with law enforcement, hospital staff, and criminal justice agencies.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."
- Confucius

Client Services


  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline/Helpline
    • The helpline is answered by trained volunteers who are available to listen, support, and provide information or referrals to callers over the phone. Whether you have been victimized recently or several years ago, if you have questions or you are a friend or family member of a survivor, or if you just need someone to talk to, the hotline is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. You do not have to be in crisis to call the helpline. All calls are confidential and callers may remain anonymous if they choose.
  • 24-Hour Hospital Accompaniment
    • Trained volunteers and staff are available for medical and hospital advocacy. Hospital Advocates offer unconditional support, important knowledge and resources, and can act as a liaison between you (the survivor), and medical personnel. Click here on "" for more information.
  • On-Site Exams at the Sexual Assault Center
    • Forensic Medical Exams can be performed at the hospital or right here at the Sexual Assault Center. Even if you go to the hospital first, but would rather have the exam at SAC NW GA, the police and out staff can help relocate you and loved ones who may be supporting you.
  • Criminal Justice Advocacy
    • Advocates provide support and information to survivors who choose to prosecute their offenders. Assistance is provided relating to reporting options, victim's rights, victim impact statements, victim's compensation, as well as legal hearings and processes. Click here on "" for more information.
  • One-on-One Crisis Intervention
    • If you would like to speak with an advocate one-on-one, we can set up a time that fits your schedule to meet at SAC. Whether the assault happened years ago or very recently, we are available for one-on-one support. Available to survivors, significant others, friends, or family members. All conversations are confidential. Please note that SAC staff are here to help, but we are not certified counselors. We are happy to refer you to a counseling professional if that is your preference.
  • Support Groups & Counseling
    • SAC can provide support groups and counseling by a Licensed Professional Counselor for those in need.
  • Information and Referral
    • We offer information and referrals to callers about other resources within the community. SAC partners with many agencies and can assist in finding the services you might be looking for.
  • Court Accompaniment
    • Volunteers and office staff serve as companions to victims during the court process. An advocate can be present during any part of the criminal justice procedure.
  • Legal Assistance
    • SAC has a contracted Attorney that can provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault, to include (temporary protection order, divorce, child custody, housing issues, employment). Serves are provided at no cost to victims.


Executive Committee

  • Chip Hood, Outgoing President
  • Rita Smith, President
  • Martha Jacobs, Vice President
  • Jill Pate, Secretary
  • Melissa Hickman, Treasurer
  • Dr. Jamey Vick III, Medical Director

Board Members

  • Frank Beacham
  • Craig Bing
  • Lee Carter
  • Mark Cochran
  • Lt. Joe Costolnick
  • Dr. Ryan Cox
  • Matt Davis
  • Melissa Hickman
  • Martha Jacobs
  • Dr. Dan Pate
  • Beth Pollard
  • Jill Pate
  • Danny Price
  • Dr. Larkin Swartz
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Amos Tuck
  • John Uldrick
  • Diane Warner
  • Chase Watterson
  • Tannika Wester

Friends of the SAC

  • Monica Sheppard
  • Mike Clark
  • Jay Matthews - Chairperson
  • Jason Stockton
  • Greg Cater
  • Tricia Steele
  • Ali Freeman
  • Julius Shaw
  • Phillip Gaines
  • Dr. Renva Watterson
  • Tonya Davis
  • Peter Hjort
  • Ghee Wilson
  • Dr. Himmy Patel
  • Tiffany Barnes
  • Scotty Hancock
  • Luke Chaffin
  • Patrick Eidson
  • Brenda Crane