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Victim Service Center of Central Florida : A overview of their Sexual Assault Services
Courtesy of www.VictimServiceCenter.org

The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. (VSC) operates the only Certified Rape Crisis Center for both Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida.

24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: VSC provides around the clock support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through their  24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline, you will be in immediate contact with a Sexual Assault Counselor who can provide crisis intervention, service options, and information on sexual assault.

Recent Sexual Assault

Acute (within 5 days following the sexual assault): Services include immediate support and advocacy to both reporting and non-reporting victims of sexual assault. Services can include forensic evidence collection by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) that occurs in our private facility which offers a calming home-like environment. A certified Victim Advocate will accompany the victim during the exam, and all information provided to the advocate is considered confidential per F.S. 90.5035. Services can be received regardless of whether a victim reports the crime to law enforcement.
•Accompaniment for forensic collection/rape kit
•In-person crisis intervention
•Medical intervention
•Referrals
•Basic Needs including food, clothing, transportation, and hygiene needs
•Safety Planning

Past Sexual Assault

VSC offers services outside of the initial 120 hours for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse or incest including:
•Trauma informed crisis counseling services
•Individualized support
•Assistance with the criminal justice system
•Referrals
•Case management
•Victims compensation
•Support groups
•Therapy
•Injunctions for protection

 Forensic and Medical Services

•Currently, VSC is the certified Rape Crisis Center for Orange and Osceola Counties.  In that role, their team of expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE’s) provide 24/7 on-call forensic examinations and medical services for victims ages 12 & older.  Their SANE’s are registered nurses who have specialized education and advanced clinical skills in the physical assessment and urgent treatment of patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.  SANE professionals are always available to conduct forensic examinations at either of our confidential forensic collection sites in Orange and Osceola Counties as well as area hospitals.  In addition, their nurse examiners also provide expert witness testimony during sexual assault criminal cases.

•SANE and Victim Advocates work collaboratively to provide trauma-informed care to clients.  Advocates and Forensic Nurses spend an average of 4 hours with the client during each forensic case.  When a victim arrives at either the Orange County Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC) or the Osceola Care Center, he or she is often required to relinquish all of their clothing in order to assist detectives in the crucial process of collecting evidence.  When victims receive these services at one of our facilities, VSC provides new clothing, food, beverages, a place to shower, a supply of hygiene items and transportation home or to a safe location.

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We often ask if a graffiti goon would still call it "art" if it was their property being defaced without permission.

Graffiti can also have a more serious meaning due to being gang related. Gangs can use graffiti to mark territory,advertise drug sales, mourn deceased members, announce alliances and issue threats. All the more reason to report and remove it immediately.

If you see tagging in progress dial 9 1 1

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M.O.S.T. strongly advises you to remove tags immediately after they get documented by law enforcement. We feel it is bad advice for anyone to advise you to leave the tags up a week or two to prevent retaliation. Letting tags remain sends a message of tolerance, lowers the property value for both you and your neighbors and can drive away your customers or potential property buyers. Not to mention that each day you look at the tag is a reminder of how your property was violated. Who needs that kind of aggravation ?