The newly formed Sexual Assault Response Network of Crawford and Wyandot Counties may be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The following are some details about the group for survivors:
— The confidential hotline may be reached at 800-684-2324. The hotline is a free information, referral and crisis line.
— The SARN also provides individual support at hospitals and law enforcement agencies, workshops for survivors of sexual assault, one-on-one crisis intervention and follow-up, healing workshops for survivors and their support people, annual retreats led by survivors, sexual assault prevention and education and trauma-informed therapeutic support.
— Advocates are trained to help heterosexual men, women, teen, adult and elderly survivors, as well as survivors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
— The program coordinator for Wyandot and Crawford counties, Louanne Hufford, may be reached at her office at 419-563-1825. Hospital emergency room and police departments have her cellphone number in case of emergencies.
— To start the program, Hufford has an office on the second floor of the Crawford County Courthouse. The office is located across from the recorder’s office.
— On Tuesday, the Open Door Resource Center board of directors voted to support the program by offering office space in Upper Sandusky for Wyandot County residents, Hufford said. “(Board members) said they felt that (the program) definitely would complement their programs,” she said. “It’s in line with the (services Open Door currently offers).” Although regular hours have not been set, Hufford said she will have office hours in the county soon. More information will be provided to The Daily Chief-Union when the hours are set.
All information was provided by the Sexual Assault Response Network of Crawford and Wyandot Counties.