About Us

About Us

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit providing direct services to people of all ages, genders, races, and cultural backgrounds in King County, WA, while working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual violence and abuse from our communities. We’re on the front line with victims and their families, ensuring that all people affected by sexual assault get the treatment they need and advocacy they deserve. We’re also at the forefront of change, guiding public policy development and delivering best practice education to create safer environments for everyone.

KCSARC’s overall purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. Our mission is to give voice to victims, their families, and the community; create change in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about violence; and instill courage for people to speak out about sexual assault.

As an interdisciplinary organization, we work collaboratively across advocacy, treatment, policy development, and prevention disciplines. We bring specialized skills and insights from each area to provide the comprehensive resources victims require for recovery and success in the transition from victim to survivor. Through best practice-based training and education, we help change beliefs, attitudes and behaviors about sexual violence—ultimately stopping violence before it occurs.

Since its inception, KCSARC has developed and utilized best-practice processes and approaches for improving awareness of issues related to sexual violence and support for victims, their families and their communities. KCSARC has received regional and national recognition for its innovative prevention programs and approaches to serving victims and their families.

KCSARC is governed by a Board of Directors whose members represent the business, legal, and healthcare communities. Click here for more information about KCSARC's Board.

Historical Highlights

  • Beginning in late 2017, KCSARC witnessed unprecedented demand for services, as more survivors, newly empowered by #MeToo, began to speak out about their assault. In peak periods, calls to our 24-hour Resource Line have spiked 300%. In 2018, overall service demand increased 19% over the previous year.  

  • 2018: Tiempo de Volar (A Time to Fly) begins offering Spanish language group therapy to female-identifying survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Deepening its work in prevention education, KCSARC releases Launch Pad, a prevention tool for elementary school educators. 

  • 2017: KCSARC launches Trauma-Informed Classrooms, designed to help educators identify and respond to sexual assault. KCSARC prevention staff begin working in Renton School District, delivering prevention curriculum and training at middle and high school levels.

  • 2015: Mary Ellen Stone receives the Committee for Children Visionary Leadership Award.This honor from our community partner organization recognizes her extraordinary commitment to preventing and treating child sexual abuse as well as all of the collaborative efforts to improve outcomes for children.

  • 2014: Project360 launches. A program that evolved from the Phoenix Project expands in geography to East King County as well as services including parent education and legal advocacy. The pupose is still to improve outcomes for homeless youth victimized by sexual assault. 

  • 2014: The Abriendo Puertas Project launches. The Project offers King County’s only holistic legal assistance program providing sexual assault and immigration and family law expertise, all in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner. 

  • 2013: Executive Direct Mary Ellen Stone was awarded the Non-profit Leader of the Year Executive Excellence Award from Seattle Business Magazine.

  • 2012: Executive Director Mary Ellen Stone was awarded the 2012 Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

  • 2011: KCSARC, in partnership with YouthCare, launched the Phoenix Project to improve outcomes for homeless youth victimized by sexual violence. The project uses innovative practices to create greater access to case management and therapy for this highly marginalized population.

  • 2011:  Executive Director Mary Ellen Stone won the National Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy.

  • 2010: KCSARC launched two innovative new programs: a ground-breaking Digital Safety Project to develop outreach strategies, curriculum and materials for youth at highest risk for Internet predation; and CourtWatch, a program which provides feedback on the judicial system in order to create positive change for victims of sexual assault.

  • 2007: KCSARC organized its comprehensive services for Hispanic/Latino survivors of sexual assault under a program called Dando Voz (Giving Voice), which provides all services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner to the growing Spanish-speaking Hispanic/Latino community in South King County.

  • 2002: Washington CEO magazine named KCSARC as the "Best Place to Work" in the non-profit category and received the "Business Excellence Award" from the Renton Chamber of Commerce.

  • 2002: KCSARC initiated its Interfaith Symposium in collaboration with faith community members and the Department of Corrections. Continuing today, the Interfaith Symposium strives to support the efforts of faith communities to address sexual abuse and ensure safety for their congregations, especially for young people.

  • 2001: KCSARC organized the King County Sexual Offender Management (SOM) Team and still coordinates its monthly meetings. This multidisciplinary team focuses on educating citizens and developing strategies to address the practical realities, issues and concerns about sex offenders living in the community.

  • 1999: When Seattle Rape Relief dissolved, KCSARC took over its resource lines and began providing Legal Advocacy and other services to Seattle residents.

  • 1995: KCSARC played a leadership role in making Washington the first state in the country to develop standards for the provision of sexual assault legal advocacy and for training to its providers. Since then, KCSARC’s legal advocacy program has served as a model for similar programs throughout the United States.

  • 1992: KCSARC’s Education Department developed its Professional Development Workshop Series. Today, KCSARC offers technical assistance and consultation to service providers in recognizing and responding to sexual assault.

  • 1989: KCSARC expanded its services to include children and youth impacted by sexual violence. Today, young people comprise over 50% of victims served.

  • 1985: KCSARC responded to the large number of refugees arriving in the U.S. by adapting and translating its educational materials into multiple languages.

  • 1984: The 5-part PBS series, “Child Sexual Assault—What your Child Should Know,” featured KCSARC and was watched by over 6 million people. This series greatly increased awareness of child sexual abuse and demand for KCSARC’s He Told Me Not to Tell publication.

  • 1979: Our staff authored He Told Me Not To Tell, the first ever published book about child sexual abuse. This book has since been printed in 10 languages in 8 countries. At last count, over a million copies have been distributed.

  • 1976: The agency first opened as King County Rape Relief in order to respond to adult victims of sexual assault.