DVSAS Orcas Has a New Office!


 
 
Dear Friends,
 
You are cordially invited to our Open House—a celebration of the brand new DVSAS office on Orcas Island:
 
Tuesday, December 9th
12noon-3pm
 
We would be honored to have you join us for a tour of our beautiful healing location while we share how we can partner together to serve our community with dignity and respect.
 
Festive beverages and snacks will be served!
 
Our new office is located on the east side of Darvill’s building (as you walk down the pathway, toward the water...we’re the first door on the right):
 
DVSAS San Juans
296 Main Street, Suite 201
Eastsound, WA 98245
 
Office:  376-5979
24/7 Crisis Line:  376-1234
 
Warmly,
 
Your DVSAS Team
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands
 

Sexual Assault: Acquaintance Rape

There are many types of sexual assault.  Sexual assault is committed most often by someone who knows their victim.  Victims of sexual assault can be male, female, young and old.  And no matter what, the victim deserves support.

After someone has been sexually assaulted, it’s important that they find a safe place to receive support.  This might be a home that feels safe to the victim, with family or friends.  However, if the victim is in immediate danger, it’s important to dial 911.

It’s very common for a victim of sexual assault to feel as if they cannot report the sexual assault to law enforcement (which, when reported, can help prevent others from being victimized).  This is truly understandable, as the violation of sexual assault can be very traumatizing to the mind and the body, which can literally create a paralyzing experience.

In addition, if the victim was unknowingly drugged, they might feel confused and not understand why.  They might not realize they were drugged until later, as they try to put all the pieces together.

Even if the victim does not want to report the sexual assault, it’s very important to know that the victim can still receive an immediate, free, and confidential medical examination—to preserve the DNA evidence—should the victim ever decide (at a future date) to report the sexual assault to law enforcement.  The victim always gets to choose.

Speaking of DNA evidence, one of the most important things a victim of sexual assault can do immediately after they’ve been assaulted, is to preserve everything exactly as it is.  This means the following is very important, if possible:

--do not change/destroy your clothing
--do not brush your teeth
--do not bathe
--do not rearrange/clean up anything
--write down (or have someone else write down) everything you recall
--seek immediate medical attention (Dr. Russell at 376-4949, etc.)
--know you deserve to be protected from sexually-transmitted infections
--ask the medical professionals for the free, confidential “rape kit” exam
--if you believe you were drugged, request a urine sample be collected
 
And if you don’t feel ready to speak to anyone mentioned above, we understand.  Please know you can always receive immediate, free, and confidential support 24/7 through DVSAS San Juans, your local sexual assault non-profit, at the following 24/7 numbers:

376-1234
378-2345
468-4567

In addition, please always know that if you were sexually assaulted in the past, you can still  receive free, confidential support at any time.  Sexual assault is not your fault.  You are not alone.  We are here for you.

Dinner on the Move for a Moving Cause

You are invited
to our third annual
Progressive 5-Course Dinner
on Saturday, November 15
from 6:00 to 10:00 pm!
 
Please join us at
the SJI Cheese Shop
on Nichols Street,
where San Juan Transit
will transport you to
gourmet food and wine.
 
Chef Kyle Nicholson
will provide your main course
and we are thrilled to tell you:
It will be served at the
beautiful Duck Soup Inn!
 
Reserve your place by
dropping off your payment
at the DVSAS office,
Spa d’Bune or the
SJI Cheese Shop.
 
Seating is limited to 30,
price is $125 per person.
Please call 378-8680
with any questions.
And please share this
with your friends!
 
All proceeds benefit
Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault Services
of the San Juan Islands.
 
We thank you for your generous support!

Local Harvest Dinner on San Juan Island!


Thanks to our generous local farmers and fishermen, there will be a Local Harvest Dinner on Thursday October 30th from 5pm-7pm at the Presbyterian Church on Spring Street.

Guests will be able to place to-go orders or sit down for a community meal of a salmon entree (vegetarian option available), veggies, salad, bread, a beverage, and homemade pie!

In addition, there will be a Silent Auction from 5-6:30pm.

$15 for adults; $5 for children under 12. We deeply appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you there!  All proceeds benefit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juans (378-8680).