Sexual Assault

Patty Wight / Maine Public

When a person goes to the hospital after being sexually assaulted, they require special care. Not only to treat their physical injuries, but to collect evidence and provide appropriate emotional support.

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Calls to sexual assault response helplines were up dramatically in Maine and across the country Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

One in five women in the U.S. will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.  We’ll discuss what are we learning about why this is, what is being done to address this shocking statistic, and how other cultures deal with issues of consent, assault and sexuality. We’ll also explore what is meant by the phrase “rape culture” and how it might be changed.


Guests:  Shana Natelson, Speak About It - Executive Director

  Doris Santoro, Associate Professor of Education, Bowdoin College

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police are asking for the public's help in locating a 25-year-old Portland man they say is a "person of interest" in the sexual assault of a young child in the city's East Bayside neighborhood early Sunday morning.

With college students now back on campus, we'll discuss what's being done to prevent sexual assaults.  College and university administrators from across the state will join us, as well as the executive director of 'Speak About It' - which offers performance-based presentations about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.  Also joining us will be a Family Crisis Services Youth Educator.

Guests: Shana Natelson, Speak About It - Executive Director

Carlin Whitehouse, Prevention Program Educator for Family Crisis Services in Bridgton.