Tribal SASP Chapter from the 2016 Biennial Report to Congress
Read about program accomplishments from July 2013 - June 2015 and hear from grantees in their own words.
Before the T-SASP funding, there was no Tribal Sexual Assault Program. The funding has allowed PLPT Victim Services to initiate a culturally specific Tribal Sexual Assault Program. Prior to the funding, the nearest sexual assault program was located in Reno approximately 45 minutes away from the reservation. The current Sexual Assault Advocate and Counselor have been trained on how to assist a sexual assault victim through Reno’s forensic medical exam. In the past, no other advocate or staff member had been trained in this area and provided this kind of service. Native people prefer familiarity and generally do not trust outsiders; therefore, the T-SASP funded Native Sexual Assault Advocate’s role has been vital in assisting the victims through the delicate process of the medical forensic exam, court procedures,
emotional support, and advocacy.