Sexual Assault


Sexual Assault is a term that refers to unwanted sexual acts against or without a

persons consent. This type of assault encompasses more than violent physical

incidents – sexual assault refers to any sexual, physical, verbal or visual act that

forces a person against their will to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.

Family Support Services provides advocacy and assistance to victims of sexual

assault, sexual harassment and sexual abuse. All victims are welcome to attend

the Sexual Assault Support Group, Thursdays at 5:45-7:15 p.m. These services are

always provided at no charge. Full-time advocates are available by appointment,

but also available for walk-in clients as needed.


We also have a Volunteer Advocate Program for immediate response and

advocacy to victims of sexual assault. This program is certified through the office

of the Attorney General of Texas. Volunteers participate in a minimum of 30

hours of classroom instruction, and an additional 10 hours of shadowing with an

experienced advocate. Volunteers provide support, advocacy, information and

accompaniment through a difficult and often emotional time.


We also provide community education for area businesses, educational classes

and community partners, to inform on the issue of sexual violence: national and

local statistics, recovery options, and services available, as well as the work being

done locally to address this issue. This agency is also a member of the Sexual

Assault Response Team (SART), which is a partnership of community stakeholders

in the field of sexual violence: law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, the

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s (SANE) program, Family Support Services, and

local educational institutions. We are working to improve the response to sexual

violence in our community.