Event Types

Mission Statement

The mission of Kitsap Sexual Assault Center is to alleviate as much as possible the trauma resulting from sexual abuse and other violent crimes by providing counseling, support, advocacy, education and by helping to bring about social change. 

About Ksac

Kitsap Sexual Assault Center (KSAC) began in 1975 providing services to sexual assault victims and their non-offending family members in Kitsap County.

In 2015, therapy, support groups, advocacy, crisis intervention, personal support, information and referral services were provided to 1,041 individuals who were primary and secondary victims of sexual assault.

KSAC provides training for school personnel and other agencies throughout Kitsap County about how to respond to sexual assault disclosures, reporting procedures and community resources.

Our Services
  • 24-Hour Crisis / Help Line
  • Trained staff and volunteers provide support, information, resources, and referrals. (No fee).
  • Legal / Medical Advocacy: Advocates will accompany clients during medical examinations, police interviews, court proceedings; provide Protection Order information and Victims Compensation ; information, referrals, and peer counseling. (No fee).
  •  Therapy: Masters Level therapists provide individual therapy for adults and children who have been victims of sexual abuse, Group therapy for adult survivors of sexual abuse, and Teen Groups facilitated within several schools and throughout Kitsap County.)
  • Prevention: Training or speakers available to schools, public and private organizations.
Beverly Van Sanford
Mar 27, 2018 7:00 AM


Our free counseling workshops conducted by Professional PTS Counselors along with instructors are designed to be relaxing and interactive for maximum benefit to all attendees. Veterans and spouses are free to become as engaged as they like, ask questions and compare notes and ideas with each other.Combat Veteran Family Retreats


Our free retreats are perfect for learning many helpful tools to help veterans relax and become a part of their family and community. There are no costs to the combat veterans and their families. The retreats include private rooms for families and individuals.


Lions Project New Hope NW offers exciting opportunities for volunteers to apply valuable time and talents towards showing our gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families.


Local Need

Upon learning of Project New Hope of Minnesota, Lion Joel Graves began the process of establishing a similar operation in Multiple District 19 of the Lions International.The location in Washington State was ideal, given the proximity of several military bases. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord alone the movement of military personnel to and from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan took on such a pace that, it is no longer rare to hear of military personnel embarking on their 4th and 5th combat assignments.

Such a marathon schedule of departures and returns creates incredible stress for families. While military life can provide a certain type of stability, the turmoil created by the frequent deployments has the potential to overshadow any benefits of stability.The returning veterans can hardly avoid returning with altered personalities or views of life compared to when initially deployed. Each additional deployment only adds cumulative, and often negative affects to the individuals’ personalities. Returning to his or her prior life can often be a problematic transition. Adding to the complexities of returning warriors’ transitions, the veterans’ families have faced difficulties coping with the temporary loss of a key member. They have had to assume responsibilities previously held by the absent individual. Children must learn to conduct themselves without that critical role model and disciplinarian. When the combat tour concludes, the joy is sometimes mixed with the resumption of past roles by all parties, a prospect often creating confusion, frustration and possibly resentment.

For those experiencing difficulties in the transition, Lions Project New Hope Northwest offers free weekend retreats for individual veterans and their families. The retreats, held in the midst of some of the most beautiful and peaceful forest land in the Pacific Northwest, provide professional PTS/mental health counselors at the workshops; counseling sessions with professional counselors; and ample time for the families to enjoy recreational activities as a function of reaffirming the bonds they felt prior to deployment.

Ron Smircich, Lions District Governor
Apr 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Bruce Bennett
Apr 10, 2018 7:00 AM
May 04, 2018 – May 05, 2018
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018