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History of WASAC

The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Inc., was organized in 1974 under the name Wichita Area Rape Center, by a group of ten women concerned about the lack of understanding given to victims of sexual assault. In 1977, the agency was awarded a three-year Law Enforcement Assistance Administration Grant (LEAA) and has continued to grow and expand services ever since. In 1980, the WASAC became a Member Agency of the United Way of the Plains. Now the agency is fortunate to be funded through United Way, several state and federal grants including the Violence Against Women Act and Victims of Crime Act funding, contributions from community members and groups, and special events.

 

What started out as the vision of ten dedicated community volunteers has grown into an agency that serves thousands of survivors and their support systems every year.  WASAC currently has 12 full-time and 11 part-time staff members and over 35 volunteers.  We continue to move forward and strive towards our vision of a community free of the occurrence and threat of sexual violence.

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[dt_icon_text layout=”layout_1″ dt_text_title=”Mission” dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center works with individuals and communities through comprehensive services and education to create a culture of intolerance for sexual violence and an atmosphere of healing for those impacted by it.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”icomoon-the7-font-the7-more-00″ dt_text_icon_bg_size=”32px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 20px 0px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595893728284{padding-top: 60px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][dt_icon_text layout=”layout_1″ dt_text_title=”Vision” dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) strives towards a community free of the occurrence and threat of sexual violence.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”icomoon-the7-font-the7-link-03″ dt_text_icon_bg_size=”32px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 20px 0px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595893725044{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][dt_icon_text layout=”layout_1″ dt_text_title=”Threatening Situations” dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”Whenever we talk about threatening situations, we often hear the words fight or flight. We forget to mention freeze. Freezing is an extremely common reaction to sexual assault. Many victims describe “feeling paralyzed” or experience “an inability to speak.” If you had this experience, please know you are not alone. And please know that freezing does not mean you consented.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”fas fa-users” dt_text_icon_bg_size=”32px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 20px 0px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595908294669{padding-bottom: 66px !important;}”]

What is Sexual Violence?

[dt_icon_text layout=”layout_3″ dt_text_title=”Sexual Violence” heading_tag=”h5″ dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”Sexual violence violates a person’s trust, autonomy, and safety. At the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, we recognize that sexualized violence occurs anytime someone is forced, manipulated, and/or coerced into any unwanted sexual advances or activity. The range of sexual violence includes rape, child sexual abuse, incest, date and acquaintance rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, voyeurism, and sexual harassment. Sexual violence is a crime motivated by the perpetrator’s wish to humiliate, control, and harm. These crimes are never the victim’s fault.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”icomoon-the7-font-the7-login-02″ dt_text_icon_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_bg_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 20px 0px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595911060798{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][dt_icon_text layout=”layout_3″ dt_text_title=”Most Victims Know, Love or Trust Their Perpetrator” heading_tag=”h5″ dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”Most perpetrators appear to be “nice” people. They are often well-respected by other people. This does not mean they are not capable of perpetrating sexual assault. Many perpetrators use “niceness” as a tool to gain their victim’s trust.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”fas fa-users” dt_text_icon_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_bg_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 30px 10px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595901976499{padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”]
[dt_icon_text layout=”layout_3″ dt_text_title=”Silence Does Not Equal Consent” heading_tag=”h5″ dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”Early awareness campaigns carried slogans like, “No means no.” But the spectrum of sexual violence is much bigger than that. No does mean no. And yet, oftentimes victims are unable to say no. Silence does not equal consent. Many survivors of sexual violence are not sure what to call their experience. Because of the culture we live in, we were taught that rape usually meant a scary dark alley and a stranger. While that may happen, the majority of sexual assaults look very different.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”fas fa-users” dt_text_icon_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_bg_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 30px 10px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595911187163{padding-bottom: 85px !important;}”][dt_icon_text layout=”layout_3″ dt_text_title=”What Is Consent?” heading_tag=”h5″ dt_text_title_bottom_margin=”10px” dt_text_desc=”Consent is a “Yes! I want to do this!” Consent happens with communication. Consent is clear. Consent is an agreement to do something. When sex is consensual, it means everyone involved has agreed to what they are doing. If sex is not consensual, it is sexual violence.” show_btn=”n” icon_picker=”fas fa-users” dt_text_icon_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_bg_size=”24px” dt_text_icon_border_width=”0px” dt_text_icon_paddings=”0px 30px 10px 0px” dt_text_icon_color=”” dt_icon_bg=”n” css_dt_carousel=”.vc_custom_1595907923933{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

CONTACT INFO

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