Our Mission

To provide healing for children, adults, and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy.

 

Our History

The Center was started in 1978 by two Vanderbilt University divinity students, Rebecca McCulloh and Keith Wilson who saw a need to help victims of rape and sexual abuse. Their vision was to provide support to all survivors of sexual assault and to work to end sexual violence. SAC’s mission today reflects our founders’ vision: To provide healing for children, adults, and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy.

SAC has been located in several locations over the years with a fire destroying the building and files in 1988. A permanent site was established in 1997 when a building was purchased and paid for at 25 Lindsley Avenue. In 2008, SAC moved to a new location at 101 French Landing.

In 1991, the State of Tennessee provided funding for SAC to open a facility in Clarksville. SAC served survivors in the Clarksville area for 25 years before reduced funding forced the closure of the facility. SAC reopened a facility in Clarksville in 2015 and currently has three therapists providing services.

 

Impact

We are committed to providing the most effective services that empower individuals to overcome the effects of sexual assault. Our clinical staff is focused on providing specialized services to all victims of sexual assault including men, women, and children, regardless of their ability to pay. We are committed to providing a warm, safe, welcoming environment for all regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or disability.

We use standardized measures to evaluate the progress our clients are achieving to reduce their trauma-related symptoms such as depression and anxiety. We are equally committed to reducing the number of individuals that are sexually abused by providing our community with the knowledge and skills to reduce sexual violence. Over 175,000 children throughout Tennessee are participating in our elementary school safety program, Safe@Last. Middle and high school students are exploring healthy relationships through our curriculum titled BE  (Be Empowered), and we educate adults through the prevention program, Stewards of Children, by increasing their knowledge about the impact sexual violence has on our community and how we can prevent it.

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