SASO is dedicated to providing advocacy to victims of SA and providing education and prevention programs aimed at increasing awareness and safety to stop sexual violence through an anti-oppression framework. SASO serves all of La Plata County.
The support and assistance provided by trained advocates and staff include: 24-hour crisis intervention and counseling, medical and legal advocacy during SANE (medical forensic) examinations, law enforcement interviews, court proceedings, free weekly support groups and emergency financial assistance as well as frequent referrals to community agencies. SASO also provides on-site advocacy services which include weekly allocated time to meet voluntary clients on-site at the Southwest Safe House, LPC Detention Center and Community Corrections program and other designated sites. This allows for clients who have sexual assault history to outreach and receive advocacy in a supportive environment. Through formal policies in the 6th Judicial District, SASO has worked with collaborates to support our medical and legal advocacy programs, providing greater support for victims as they navigate the complex and often confusing criminal justice system to offer healing. In addition, SASO provides prevention education programming and outreach programming to stop sexual violence in our communities.