Imagine a World Without Sexual Violence

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Proud to be a United Way Affiliate

A Trustworthy Nonprofit That Offers Crisis Intervention

Few times in a person's life are as lonely or as frightening as the days following a sexual assault. At SAFE, we understand that. This is why we offer crisis intervention by phone and in-person, medical and legal advocacy, and personal and emotional support to sexual assault victims and their families. Our organization provides educational resources regarding subjects such as personal safety, dating violence, sexting, and human trafficking, providing essential resources to vulnerable individuals. As a 501(c)(3) sexual abuse nonprofit, we also provide services for sexual assault victims and non-offending family members regardless of age, race, sex, or sexual orientation. Contact us to discuss your needs or make a donation to support our organization today.

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Our crisis intervention in Vandalia, IL, is here for you

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resources and assistance.

Our Founder

While doing her work as Chief Probation Officer of Fayette County, founder Doris Benefiel, saw a need for support services for victims of sexual assault and their families. After exploring possibilities, a core group of eight women from various organizations and professions visited the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) Office in Springfield. SAFE was incorporated in January 1986 as a nonprofit focusing on sexual crisis intervention in Vandalia, IL. Following Doris' lead, we now put our many, many years of experience to work, offering sexual assault help to victims every day. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

Mission Statement

SAFE’s mission is to provide education to the community, advocacy for individuals and families, and empowerment to heal from sexual violence and other traumatic experiences.


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Visit One of Our Locations

24-Hour Hotline 1-800-625-1414


1410 Sunset Dr., Suite G, Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: (618) 283-1414

730 E 2nd St.,
Centralia, IL 62801
Phone: (618) 533-0475

1108 S Willow St., Suite 12, Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: (217) 342-6623

123 S 10th St., Suite 302,
Mt. Vernon Illinois, 62864
Phone: (618) 244-9330

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Service Area
Bond, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Hamilton, Jefferson, Marion, Washington, Wayne, and White Counties

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