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Understanding Abuse

At ASTOP, we recognize the immense courage it takes to confront the trauma of sexual abuse. Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment where survivors can find healing, understanding, and empowerment.


What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse encompasses a range of non-consensual sexual activities, including rape, molestation, unwanted touching, harassment, and exploitation. It is important to understand that sexual abuse is never the fault of the survivor. Consent is fundamental, and any form of sexual activity without consent is a violation of an individual's autonomy and dignity.


The Impact of Sexual Abuse

The effects of sexual abuse can be profound and far-reaching, affecting survivors physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Survivors may experience a range of reactions, including fear, shame, guilt, anger, and confusion. These reactions are normal responses to an abnormal and traumatic experience. It's crucial to acknowledge that the impact of sexual abuse can extend beyond the immediate incident, potentially leading to long-term challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.


Common Reactions

Every survivor's journey is unique, but it's common for survivors to grapple with a myriad of emotions and challenges in the aftermath of sexual abuse. It's important to recognize that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to feel. Our center is here to provide compassionate support and guidance as survivors navigate their healing process.

Support and Resources

At ASTOP, we offer a range of services to support survivors on their healing journey. Our compassionate team provides crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referrals to additional resources as needed. We are committed to empowering survivors and helping them reclaim their sense of safety, dignity, and self-worth.


If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual abuse, know that you are not alone. Our center is here to support you every step of the way.

Meet Our Staff


Executive Director


Professional Counselor


Professional Counselor

Programs Coordinator

Client Advocate

Madisyn Christensen
Prevention Educator

Meet Our Staff


Our Mission

At ASTOP, our mission is to empower survivors, prioritize healing, and disrupt the cycle of sexual violence, thereby contributing to safer, flourishing, and anti-oppressive communities for all. 

Our Vision

An anti-oppressive world where sexual violence is eradicated, survivors are believed, supported, and empowered to heal, and communities honor and prioritize bodily autonomy, safety, and the well-being of all individuals.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Board President - Gabrielle Mueller, BCI Burke
President Elect - 
Treasurer - Caitlin Aussprung, Thelma
Andrea Dowland, Campbellsport Police Department
Mary Ann Steffes, Retired
Madelyn Rambo, Retired
Crystal Seibel, FDL Co. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Rhianna Schmidt, Taylo Co. Health Dept.
Pete Vergos, North FDL Police Department  


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