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BeLEAF Survivors is a collaboration between two organizations: Sexual Assault Services (SAS) of Racine County and Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN). Under this new name, BeLEAF Survivors is an independent nonprofit organization that seeks to provide a safe and compassionate environment to promote hope and healing after sexual assault. The “LEAF” portion of BeLEAF stands for Lifting, Empowering, Advocating, and Fighting for survivors, allies, and a culture of consent. Services in crisis intervention, therapy for survivors and their support people, advocacy, and community education include:

  • Hospital Response Team – Volunteer advocates and staff respond 24 hours a day to Racine and Burlington hospitals to meet with survivors and families to provide emotional support and information.
  • Professional Therapy – Short and long-term therapy is provided free of charge by Masters level counselors to individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by sexual violence.
  • Support Groups – For survivors of sexual assault and their support people. All groups are confidential.
  • Information & Referrals – Provides referrals to community resources serving survivors and their families.
  • Family Advocacy– A BeLEAF Family Advocate provides support, information, and advocacy to the children and families served at the Racine County Child Advocacy Center.
  • Legal Advocacy – Provides support and information throughout the legal process. Staff can accompany survivors and their families to court, as well as attend hearings that survivors and their families cannot or wish not to attend.
  • Community Education – Free educational programs and in-services for community groups, organizations, schools, businesses, and government entities. BeLEAF also helps organize community awareness events and informational displays.

How you can help

Become a Volunteer

Volunteer advocates spend one day a month answering crisis calls from survivors and other concerned community members, as well as responding to area hospitals when a survivor reports an assault.

Call BeLEAF at (262) 619-1634 to learn more about available volunteer opportunities.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers are also needed.

Donate to Support Survivors

Donate via Paypal to make a one-time or monthly donation by clicking the button below:

Checks should be made out to BeLEAF Survivors, Inc. and mailed to 2000 Domanik Drive, 4th Floor, Racine, WI 53404.

To learn more or discuss other ways to donate, check out their Support Survivors page, or email the executive director, Karen Fetherston, at kfetherston@beleafsurvivors.org.