Celebrating 40 years of Achievements

In 1976, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and the State of Hawaii partnered to establish the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC) as a safe place where survivors of sexual assault could go to receive comprehensive and confidential care. Here are a few highlights:

  • The SATC developed and implemented a 24/7 hotline, in-person crisis intervention services and legal advocacy, and also made available ongoing emotional and couselingl services to those in need.
  • The SATC also developed the protocol for the medical examination and forensic evidence collection for sexual assault crimes, and trained medical personnel, police and prosecutors on victim sensitivity.
  • In the 1980s, the SATC extended its efforts to prevention education and community outreach with awareness programs for children and adolescents, along with enhance@d training and consultation services for professionals.
  • The SATC took on a statewide profile in the ‘90s with programmatic and fiscal oversight for statewide sexual assault services, as well as technical assistance and consultation to sexual assault centers on Kauai, Maui and the island of Hawaii.

Today, the SATC's work of building bridges and breaking barriers continues with its ongoing delivery of comprehensive, victim-centered services and programs.

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: 40 Years of Sexual Assault Services in Hawaii