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Our Services

Due to generous gifts by donors and grants, ASTOP offers the following services to survivors and affected family members at no cost, and is not dependent on medical insurance.

Crisis Line

Our crisis line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Trained advocates are standing by and are ready to listen.  

Counseling

Counseling is a way to assist survivors and affected family members begin to heal from sexual assault. However, counseling sometimes comes with a price tag too costly for individuals needing it most.

Since April 6, 1992, ASTOP’s counselors have provided cost-free counseling to over 3,190 clients dealing with issues of sexual violence. Seventy percent of these clients are at or below the poverty level. Fifteen percent of these individuals are elementary age; nine percent are clients with developmental disabilities and the remaining are adult males and females. Twenty-one percent of the adults are affected family members. Education groups are provided for women in correctional residential treatment, females who are in recovery for substance abuse, and males and females who are patients on the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit of St. Agnes Hospital. Adult, teen, and non-offending parent therapy groups are also offered.

ASTOP provides three other locations on a part-time basis in Ripon, Wautoma, and Redgranite, Wisconsin. These offices makes it possible for ASTOP to offer services to a larger geographic area. Providers also see clients in Green Lake County.

Counseling

Counseling is a way to assist survivors and affected family members begin to heal from sexual assault. However, counseling sometimes comes with a price tag too costly for individuals needing it most.

Since April 6, 1992, ASTOP’s counselors have provided cost-free counseling to over 3,190 clients dealing with issues of sexual violence. Seventy percent of these clients are at or below the poverty level. Fifteen percent of these individuals are elementary age; nine percent are clients with developmental disabilities and the remaining are adult males and females. Twenty-one percent of the adults are affected family members. Education groups are provided for women in correctional residential treatment, females who are in recovery for substance abuse, and males and females who are patients on the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit of St. Agnes Hospital. Adult, teen, and non-offending parent therapy groups are also offered.

ASTOP provides three other locations on a part-time basis in Ripon, Wautoma, and Redgranite, Wisconsin. These offices makes it possible for ASTOP to offer services to a larger geographic area. Providers also see clients in Green Lake County.

Small Groups

Small groups are a way for clients to find support and relate to others experiencing similar situations. Groups are formed on a need basis, depending on the clients’ specific interests and counselor’s recommendation.

ASTOP’s support groups have ended for the year. Please watch our website for updates. Thank you!

If you have any questions about these groups, please don’t hesitate to call us at 920.926.5395.

Legal Advocacy

Navigating the legal system can be intimidating, especially when having to deal with a traumatizing situation. Sometimes it can discourage a victim of sexual assault from proceeding with litigation.

Thus, for victims deciding to report an assault, an ASTOP staff member will accompany the survivor throughout the possible court proceedings as moral support. In addition, some of our staff are seasoned veterans in the court system, and can answer many of the questions surrounding criminal charges. For more information on how to report abuse to the police and the statutes of limitations, click here.

Legal Advocacy

Navigating the legal system can be intimidating, especially when having to deal with a traumatizing situation. Sometimes it can discourage a victim of sexual assault from proceeding with litigation.

Thus, for victims deciding to report an assault, an ASTOP staff member will accompany the survivor throughout the possible court proceedings as moral support. In addition, some of our staff are seasoned veterans in the court system, and can answer many of the questions surrounding criminal charges. For more information on how to report abuse to the police and the statutes of limitations, click here.

Medical Advocacy

Since 1992, 479 victims of sexual violence presented themselves in the Emergency Department of St. Agnes Hospital where, in collaboration with Agnesian HealthCare, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) gathered forensic evidence and completed an examination for injuries. In 2011, 41 survivors presented to the emergency department and 7 individuals reported directly to the Fond du Lac Police Department.

In either situation, one of ASTOP’s trained advocates accompanies these individuals as they report and acts as a support person for the survivors and their family members. ASTOP’s Client Advocate then assists the victim as their cases move through the legal system and makes referrals to other resources as necessary. Since 1992, our Client Advocate has served 604 clients in this capacity.

Prevention Education

We can’t take away all the risks that children face. We can give them the skills to feel safe. Prevention education is not only about decreasing the incidence of sexual abuse, it is also intervening when abuse has or is occurring.

In 2013, ASTOP’s goal was to collaborate and transfer our professional knowledge, skills and materials to parents, teachers, administrators, communities, adolescents, and children. It also included the understanding that there needs to be “0” tolerance when it comes to sexual violence and that adults are responsible for the protection of children. As a result, 411 presentations were held and almost 8,000 participants received information on sexual violence, protective behaviors, and how to play a role in ending the perpetration (quite an increase from 5,000 in 2006).

At all levels of education, 98% of the students could identify two to three of their “early warning signs” and name at least one person on their personal network. In 2013 there were 539 participants in attendance who disclosed sexual abuse (this is a 40% increase in disclosures since 2011). Of that number, 117 were children.

Since August 1991, ASTOP has taught prevention education to over 74,395 children, adolescents, adults and professionals using the Protective Behaviors curriculum.

If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, or have questions about how you can help prevent sexual violence, please contact us.

Prevention Education

We can’t take away all the risks that children face. We can give them the skills to feel safe. Prevention education is not only about decreasing the incidence of sexual abuse, it is also intervening when abuse has or is occurring.

In 2013, ASTOP’s goal was to collaborate and transfer our professional knowledge, skills and materials to parents, teachers, administrators, communities, adolescents, and children. It also included the understanding that there needs to be “0” tolerance when it comes to sexual violence and that adults are responsible for the protection of children. As a result, 411 presentations were held and almost 8,000 participants received information on sexual violence, protective behaviors, and how to play a role in ending the perpetration (quite an increase from 5,000 in 2006).

At all levels of education, 98% of the students could identify two to three of their “early warning signs” and name at least one person on their personal network. In 2013 there were 539 participants in attendance who disclosed sexual abuse (this is a 40% increase in disclosures since 2011). Of that number, 117 were children.

Since August 1991, ASTOP has taught prevention education to over 74,395 children, adolescents, adults and professionals using the Protective Behaviors curriculum.

If you would like to schedule a presentation at your school or community organization, or have questions about how you can help prevent sexual violence, please contact us.