YOU DECIDE HOW WE HELP YOU.
Sexual violence is never the survivor’s fault. There is no shame in asking for medical help or emotional support. You have a number of options available, and your path to healing may be different from other survivors. It doesn't matter if the assault happened yesterday or 25 years ago - it is never too late to start the healing process.
SASO’s 24-hour hotline is available to survivors, friends and family, professionals, and the general public.
All calls are free and completely confidential.
We acknowledge it can feel awkward and scary to call a hotline. We are here to help. Dedicated and personal advocates are available to:
Believe, listen, and validate.
Empower survivors by providing options through referrals to counselors, healthcare providers, or other professional and community resources.
Give expert guidance through the hospital, law enforcement, and court systems in La Plata and San Juan counties as well as the Southern Ute Indian tribe.
Educate on how to be a “first responder” and support for someone who has been assaulted.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
SASO advocates and staff are here to listen to you, believe you and offer guidance and information to help you heal and transform. Speaking with an advocate can help you understand your feelings, and we can connect you to other resources that can help.
SASO seeks empowerment for all victims of sexual violence regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, gender, income level, race/ethnicity, age, or ability.
Immediately after an assault, health and safety are the first priority. SASO advocates are trained to offer referrals and information about community resources that address STD’s, pregnancy, injuries, emergency contraception, and other health-related questions. If you choose to get medical attention for the assault we can offer support in person by accompanying you to the emergency room for a healthcare exam. You may also choose to have forensic evidence collected by a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner), and can have a SASO advocate with you to answer any questions you may have. You can have this done even if you are choosing not to report the assault to law enforcement at this time.
LEGAL & LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVOCACY
SASO advocates are trained to offer information, assistance, and support through the criminal justice system. If you decide to report your assault or press charges, an advocate can go with you to the police station, or we can arrange for you to meet with a law enforcement officer in SASO’s private office to make a report. We can be present during any meetings you may have with law enforcement officers, lawyers or victim-witness personnel at the district attorney’s office. You can also have an advocate be present with you at any court dates or trials.
**DUE TO COVID-19, WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER IN-PERSON MEDICAL ADVOCACY AT THIS TIME. PLEASE SEE CURRENT COVID POLICIES HERE.
SASO offers the following free, confidential support groups. All groups are offered at various times throughout the year. Themes include: trauma, grief and loss, trauma’s effect on the brain, boundaries/assertiveness, self-care/coping, managing strong emotions, relationships with support people, body image/awareness, and sexuality and intimacy.
HEALING TRAUMA 5 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP
The women's support group is a five week group focusing on healing trauma. Participants will learn about the ways trauma impacts our minds and bodies as well as how that in turn influences our behavior and the relationships we have. Participants will learn and practice grounding techniques that they can use throughout their lives. The group is free and is offered five times throughout the year by therapist Shelley Nielsen. Please continue to check our website for updates, as things continue to evolve with the current situation.
To register and get more information on ongoing and upcoming support groups, call Rhonda at 970-259-3074
SASO can provide resources specific to those who are Native American, LGBTQ, LatinX, and others. There are also resources for those needing more information about Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner violence, etc.
Southwest Safehouse - Safe refuge in Durango for women and children
Community Resource Center - A guide to local (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties) resources and information
• Colorado Anti-Violence Program - provides direct services, including crisis intervention, information, and referrals for LGBTQ survivors.
• Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)- CCASA works with local organizations throughout the state, providing education, training, and prevention initiatives; influencing public policy; advocating for resources; and promoting offender accountability.
• Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC)- WGAC Colorado State University's program that provides advocacy to student victims of sexual and/or interpersonal violence, stalking and harassment.
Recursos en español
Amnístia Internacional- una organizacion que trabaja a nivel mundial para conseguir que los derechos humanos sean aplicados en todos los niveles y en todas las razas.
La Coalición En Contra Del Asalto Sexual De Colorado (CCASA) es una organización por membresía que se dedica a promover la seguridad, la justicia y la recuperación de los sobrevivientes mientras trabajamos en busca de la eliminación de la violencia sexual.
Arte-Sana- una organizacion nacional sin fines de lucro dirida por latinas dedicadas a erradicir las violencia sexual y otras formas de violencia de genero.
Pandora’s Project- an online message board and chat room for survivors of sexual assault.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)- National crisis hotline that offers live, online support for survivors of sexual assault.
Survivor Project- address the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.