The following support services are available to individuals impacted by sexual violence. Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine (SASSMM) staff and volunteer advocates offer support, information and referrals to survivors, concerned others and community members of all ages, abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations. SASSMM does not provide service to offenders or perpetrators of sexual violence.
If you are in crisis and would like to speak with an advocate, please call:
In Eastern Cumberland, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Knox and Waldo counties: 1-800-822-5999
Anywhere In Maine: 1-800-871-7741, 24 Hour Crisis and Support Line
TTY # 1-888-458-5599
If you are unable to reach the above number from your cell phone, please call 207-725-1500
SASSMM offers a 24-hour, confidential, toll-free support line for individuals impacted by issues of sexual violence, no matter when it occurred. The crisis and support line is staffed by trained advocates whose role is to listen, offer support, and provide helpful, practical information whenever possible.
Medical and Legal System Advocacy
SASSMM advocates offer support and accompaniment for survivors and significant others through medical and forensic examinations, with reporting to law enforcement and in navigating the legal system. Survivors can choose to have an advocate present at the hospital, at a law enforcement agency, and in the courts if a case moves forward. SASSMM’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Program is available for individuals who are interested in consistent advocacy services during the criminal and/or civil justice process.
Support Meetings and Specialized Advocacy Services
SASSMM advocates offer in-person meetings to survivors and concerned others. Meetings take place in the SASSMM office as well as in designated locations in the community. SASSMM advocates do not generally offer in-home meetings, however; there are some exceptions. SASSMM has specialized advocacy services for individuals with disabilities as well as for older adults and elders. SASSMM advocates are not counselors or therapists and do not act in that capacity.
Support groups are offered through SASSMM for survivors and concerned others. The purpose of support groups is to support the process of healing, promote awareness and provide a forum for education and peer support to survivors of sexual violence as well as to non-offending parents, partners and additional concerned others. Through the sharing of individual experiences, discussion of information about sexual violence, and the exchange of resources and referrals, support groups seek to diminish isolation and enhance self-determination. Groups run between 8 to 12 weeks, free of charge.
Examples of support groups offered include, but are not limited to the following:
- Non-offending parents of children who have experienced sexual abuse
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Adult survivors of sexual assault
- Male survivors of sexual violence
- Lesbian survivors of sexual violence
- Groups for women with disabilities
SASSMM advocates assists individuals in accessing community resources and information. This may include providing options for therapy and counseling, information for emergency housing and referrals to appropriate agencies in the community.