Prevention And Services for Sexual Assault through
Guidance, Empowerment, and Support
Serving Clarion, Clearfield, and Jefferson Counties
It is estimated that every minute of every day in America, someone
becomes the victim of sexual violence. The probability of an
individual's life being touched by this horrible crime is great.
PASSAGES, Inc. (Prevention And Service for Sexual Assault
through Guidance, Empowerment, and Support) was founded in
1980 as The Rape Crisis Center, and is dedicated to the provision
of free and confidential services to the victims/survivors of sexual
assault throughout Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson Counties.
Whether a person is violently raped or touched inappropriately,
PASSAGES can offer supportive counseling services to meet their
immediate physical and emotional needs. Beginning with a toll-free
24-hour crisis hotline, staff and volunteers can help people make
the journey from victim to survivor of sexual assault. Individual
and/or group counseling, as well as medical accompaniment and
legal advocacy are available to all victims/survivors and their family
members or friends.
In addition to supportive services, PASSAGES is also dedicated
to the provision of prevention services. Each year more than 6,000
people learn about reducing their risk of sexual assault through
educational programs presented to area schools and community
groups. From pre-school age children up through senior citizens,
PASSAGES offers prevention programs based on the simple
message of "say NO, get away and tell someone."
Whether providing supportive or preventative services, one of the
main concerns of PASSAGES is confidentiality. In Pennsylvania,
sexual assault counselors, both professional and volunteer, cannot
be compelled to release information regarding a victim/survivor
without that person's permission. To qualify for these privileges
counselors must have completed a state-mandated 40-hour sexual
assault counselor training. All of PASSAGES' staff and direct
service volunteers have completed this training and are able to
offer it to potential volunteers.
In summary, PASSAGES, is committed to working for the
elimination of all forms of sexual violence through education,
prevention and advocacy for the rights and needs of survivors.
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