Northern Arizona Care and Services After Assault (NACASA)
A Safe Place. A Healing Place.
The Northern Arizona Care and Services After Assault (NACASA) at North Country HealthCare is a safe place for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault to go for help and to explore their options after an assault. Examinations are performed by doctors and nurses who are specially trained to provide medical forensic care immediately following an assault. NACASA examiners have received special training to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims and may provide expert testimony in court if a case goes to trial.
Q: What is sexual assault?
A: Sexual Assault is any type of sexual contact without consent between two or more people regardless of their gender or marital status.
Q: What is consent?
A: Consent is when both parties verbally agree to participate in a sexual act. If at any time one of the participants says, “NO”, then there is no consent.
Q: What are the laws in Arizona about sexual assault?
A: ARS 13-1406
If you have lost consciousness, feel sore or uncomfortable after a date or have a sense that something happened – seek help. Date rape drugs like alcohol, GHB, Rohypnol and other drugs can cause memory loss, leaving a victim at risk for sexual assault.
Q: Why is a medical/forensic examination needed?
A: Sexual assault is traumatic. You may be in shock and unaware of injuries. The forensic examiner will document any injuries, creating a medical record of what happened to you. She will collect physical evidence from your body. You will receive treatment to prevent sexually transmitted infections. To be effective, medical treatment should be received as soon as possible.
Q: What if I am not sure I want to report my assault to the police? Should I still have the medical examination and evidence collection?
A: Yes. Even if you are unsure about whether you want to report the assault to the police or participate in prosecution, you should have evidence collected as soon as possible. By having the examination done as soon as possible, evidence can be collected and stored, keeping your options open if you choose to report in the future.
Q: What should I do if I’m sexually assaulted?
Rape is never your fault, and it is never too late to ask for help!
Q: What should I do if someone I know has been sexually assaulted?
This group is for female sexual assault survivors who are 18 years of age and older. The group is led by a licensed professional counselor with specialized training in sexual assault and post-traumatic stress. Together we provide a safe and healing environment for survivors. The group is free – no cost to attend! For more information, call 928.522.9460.
NACASA also offers free counseling for male sexual assault survivors. For more information, please call 928.522.9460
*Please note, two of NACASA’s support groups will continue via Zoom until further notice:
Please call 928.522.9460 for information on attending a support group via Zoom.
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