WC SAFE is a non-profit, 501(c)3, comprehensive organization that provides compassionate and trauma-informed care to survivors of sexual assault throughout Wayne County.
WC SAFE provides a safe, quiet, confidential environment with specially trained Forensic Examiner’s in order to provide medical examinations and forensic evidence collection for rape victims.
We are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our services are free of charge. Services are available to ALL ages – men, women and children. Medical-forensic exams are provided up to 120 hours post assault. Counseling and advocacy services are available to anyone who identifies as a survivor of sexual assault, sexual abuse or incest ~ no matter when it occurred. Our services are available to anyone, despite where they live or where they were assaulted.
The on-call Forensic Examiner and Advocacy staff will respond within 10 minutes to a crisis page and will arrange to meet patients at the clinic site of their choice, within 1 hour of initial contact. We can arrange for appointments as well, if that works better for the patient. We can also provide assistance with transportation to enable the patient to obtain services safely.
In addition to the medical-forensic examinations, we provide:
- crisis intervention and support
- medication prophylaxis
- short-term/long-term/group counseling
- expert witness testimony
- community education and awareness on issues around sexual assault and the services available to survivors
Since opening in January of 2006, we have provided medical-forensic services to thousands of sexual assault survivors, and those numbers continue to grow annually.
WC SAFE is largest and busiest program of it’s kind in Michigan and the only program in southeast Michigan to provide comprehensive services focused solely on sexual assault. In 2010, we implemented a parallel track of community-based, empowerment-focused advocacy services with specially trained staff that provide crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and supportive services.
Our Forensic Examiner staff has helped in taking hundreds of perpetrators off the streets through their expert witness testimony, and therefore helping to make the community a safer place to live and work.