Sexual Assault Support
The YWCA of Hawaiʻi Island is dedicated to changing the beliefs that accompany sexual violence. We seek to create a society that does not minimize sexual crimes, that does not permit the shaming or silencing of the assaulted or hide the crime out of shame – a society where perpetrators are held accountable, mandated for treatment and prevented from offending again.
Since the 1970s, we have provided response programs to victims of sexual assault known as Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS).
CRISIS HOTLINE (808) 935-0677All Calls Are Confidential.
The YWCA offers support services for victims and their families:
• Free, confidential counseling
• Crisis intervention
• Emotion and moral support
• Support during a medical exam and the legal process
• Assistance in deciding whether to file a police report
• Therapeutic services
• 24-hour crisis line
• Community education, awareness and prevention activities
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any unwanted, forced, tricked or coerced sexual activity; it occurs when one does not give consent to the sexual activity or is unable to. Sexual contact without consent is a crime.
What does it mean to consent?
Consent is when one person agrees to or gives permission to another person to do something. In this case, you understand what something is and what it involves. You are a willing participant in the act and are comfortable every step of the way.
What is not consent?
Remaining silent, not responding or submitting out of fear is not consent. Consent should never be implied or assumed.
Sexual assault is a daunting topic, but it’s something that exists on Hawaii Island with a number of agencies and individuals are working to help address the issue. Island Issues on Sunday, October 11, 2015 includes some subject matter experts: Captain Chad Basque with Hawaii County Police; Michelle West, Specialized Sexual Assault Unit Supervisor with Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office; Deborah Chai, from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Victim Assistance Unit; Maggie Thorpe with Children’s Justice Center (part of the State Judiciary); and Lorraine Davis, with Hawaii Island YWCA–which operates the Sexual Assault Hotline on Hawaii Island.