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Sexual assault center opens satellite office in Franklinton

ADAPT, Inc./Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center (WPSAC) is excited to announce the opening of its satellite location at 1007 Cleveland St. in Franklinton. WPSAC has serviced the needs of victims and their families of sexual assault and domestic violence in Washington Parish since 1990, and is located at 216 Memphis St. in Bogalusa. The addition of the Franklinton location will enhance the availability of services throughout our parish.

Services offered to victims of sexual assault include but are not limited to 24/7 crisis hotline, victim advocacy, law enforcement and hospital accompaniment, criminal justice accompaniment, assistance with protective orders, individual and group counseling, assistance with victim reparations, and more. Counseling and referral services are offered to victims of domestic violence. All services are provided free of charge.

ADAPT partners with many agencies to offer the very best services. Some partners who were present at the grand opening of the Franklinton Office included: Warren Montgomery, District Attorney; Shea Penton, Assistant District Attorney; Tommie Sorrell, District Attorney’s Office; Brent Jones, WPSO Chief Civil Deputy; Mitchell Murphy, WPSO; Geoff Crowe, WPSO; Paula Charles, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS); Theresa Robertson, SLLS; Camille Kinsey, SLLS; Rafael Castro, LAFASA; Peter Sullivan, Riverside Medical Center; Jimmy Seibert, Riverside Medical Center; Tren Garbo, Our Lady of Angels Hospital; Linda Mizell, Representative Malinda White’s Office; Penny Jones, Senator Beth Mizell’s Office; Dawn Hawkins, Capital District Law Enforcement Planning Council; Johnny D. Crain, Clerk of Court; Richard Thomas, Jr., Parish President; Donna Graham, Parish Government; Terry Morgan, Parish Government; Ken Wheat, Parish Government; Jimbo Stevenson, Washington Parish Assessor; Sherry Martin, Assessor’s Office; Chase Anderson, Anderson’s Law Firm; Sheila Palmisano, Anderson’s Law Firm. Representatives from ADAPT that were present include: Rusty Fornea, Leslie Holmes, Pam Helton, Tracy Gill, Dana Walker, Suzette Nielson, Tiffany Crain, and Terri McMillan.

The Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center has helped many people overcome the pain and trauma associated with sexual assault. Our services are confidential, call us at 985-732-4961 to learn what we can do to help. Whether the assault is by a stranger, friend, or relative makes no difference. No one has the right to sexually assault you. Help is available.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment please contact us: Franklinton — 1007 Cleveland St., 985-322-2085; Bogalusa — 216 Memphis St., 985-735-0160; 24/7 Crisis Hotline — 985-732-4961; visit us on the web at www.adaptwp.org then click on sexual assault link or email us at info@adaptwp.org.