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STESA (Standing Together to End Sexual Assault) & The Isla Vista Survivor Resource Center

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Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) is a private, non-profit organization that provides confidential counseling and support services to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones.

Since their inception, STESA has provided counseling and prevention services to thousands of sexual assault survivors and the Santa Barbara community in general.

It can be difficult to know what you need at first, advocates can be there to help you explore all of your options to help decide what will be best for you. 

Features:

  • In-person support and legal guidance
  • Connections to mental health services
  • 24 Hour Hotline:(805)564-3696

 

More About STESA: 

The STESA Hotline is the entryway to all of their services. 

When you call, you are connected with a case manager who will help assess which STESA program will be the best fit for your needs.

  • Crisis counseling - immediate  (free)
  • Long term Counseling services (sliding scale)
  • Support groups 
  • Self defense classes

 

When you call the STESA hotline in Crisis:

The STESA Crisis team responds on the phone and can send an advocate to meet you at any of the following safe locations:

  • The survivor's home
  • At law enforcement
  • Or at the survivor safe space in Isla Vista 

Once you meet with an advocate, you can either..

  • Make an anonymous report through STESA (none of your information is collected and your case can still be investigated)
  • File an incident report
  • Ask more questions about all of the options available to you and whaty they might look like

→ It is important to keep in mind that you can change your mind at any point.

 

Important to know:

  • You always have a chance to process and figure out what route is best for you beforehand.
  • There is an advocate present at all times: they can accompany you to 
    • medical visits (std, visit witness, forensic) 
    • law enforcement (restraining orders, meeting with Interpersonal Violence Investigator)
  • It can be difficult to know what you need at first, advocates can be there to help you explore all of your options to help decide what will be best for you. 

 

Are you seeking support for a friend or loved one?

→ You can call STESA as a friend looking for ways to support 

→ Significant others of survivors can also  receive services and support from STESA