The Care Center Statement of Solidarity & Action

Now more than ever, it is crucial for those of us at The Care Center to state our support and solidarity with all survivors of sexual trauma and abuse.

With recent increased violence towards Black people, undocumented people, Native American/Alaskan Native people, Muslim-American people, Latinx people, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people, and all marginalized individuals, we continue our commitment to anti-violence, social justice education, and unwavering belief and support of survivors.

The Care Center believes that Black Lives Matter. Although, it is not enough to simply say Black Lives Matter or to just state our commitment to marginalized members of our community. The Care Center works everyday to ensure the highest quality of care to all survivors, to leverage our voice in the community to help others, and to educate those about the unique experiences of survivors who also face compounding and intersecting forms of oppressions. This is something The Care Center is continuously evaluating and improving upon.

No matter what, The Care Center will be here to promote a culture of consent and provide 24/7 support to survivors of sexual trauma and abuse in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties. We see you, we believe you, and we are here for you. Advocates are always here to talk on our 24/7 Support Hotline at 785-843-8985 and to learn more about our counseling, advocacy & response, and education programs please visit

In Solidarity,

The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center

“Handlin’ the Holidays” in Lawrence, Ottawa & Oskaloosa offices

We understand that the holidays can be stressful, so every year The Care Center hosts Handlin’ the Holidays. This event is a great opportunity to explore what The Care Center can offer, to learn some self-care tips, and enjoy crafts & food! And this year we are expanding this event to our Ottawa and Oskaloosa offices.

Monday, Nov 28th from 4:00-6:30pm at the Ottawa office (114 W 2nd St)

Thursday, Dec 1st from 4:00-6:30pm at the Oskaloosa office (100 Washington St)

Wednesday, Dec 7th from 4:00-6:30pm at the Lawrence office (708 West 9th St)

To learn more, contact us at 785-843-8985. See you there!

The Care Center hosts Open House in new offices

The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center has expanded to bigger offices and we are excited to show them off to you!

Join us at our Open House to get a tour of our new offices and learn about our expanded programs and services. Staff from our Counseling, Advocacy, and Education programs will be available to answer questions about the services we provide to sexual trauma victims and survivors in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties.

You can find us at 708 9th Street at the northeast corner of 9th & Mississippi. Stop by anytime between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Thursday, January 28th. Light refreshments will be provided! Can’t make the Open House but still want a tour? Give us a call at 785-843-8985 to schedule a visit today. RSVP on Facebook.

GaDuGi SafeCenter Announces Name Change

For 43 years, GaDuGi SafeCenter has been proud to serve victim-survivors of sexual trauma and abuse in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties.

This latest announcement is an important milestone in the history of the agency and comes at an exciting time of growth. As of today, Monday, October 5th, 2015, GaDuGi SafeCenter is now The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center.

“We love the name GaDuGi SafeCenter and it has served our agency well,” said Chrissy Heikkila, Executive Director. “As we are expanding and growing, the need for a name that is accessible and inclusive made the decision clear.”

The Care Center services have not changed. Counseling, Advocacy & Response, and Education are still the core programs that serve victim-survivors of sexual trauma and abuse of all ages and genders. In 2014, the agency provided 335 adult men, women, and transgender people and children with 1,385 hours of therapy and advocacy services. Additionally, the agency reached 3,041 individuals with 106 outreach and educational events.

Expansions to the education program with the hire of a Youth Educator and the increase in services available to rural communities are just some of the projects that are on the horizon for The Care Center.

In 1972, the agency started as the Rape Victim Support Services, in response to a series of sexual assaults that occurred on campus and was the first rape crisis center in the state of Kansas. The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center promotes a culture of consent while providing 24/7 support to anyone affected by sexual trauma and abuse in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties.