About Us


SACT provides advocacy and support for people of all genders who have experienced sexual harm, educates for a community free of sexual violence.

As the preeminent voice against sexual violence and human trafficking in Washington County, Vermont since 1984, we offer a wide array of services to all those affected by sexual violence. We have a 24-hour hotline, an emergency shelter, medical advocacy, service referrals, a sexual violence prevention program, and much more.

In 2002, the Sexual Assault Crisis Team became the first shelter in the United States to offer specialized services to all non-offending victims of sexual violence and to their family members. We are committed to ending sexual violence against all people.

Our Team

Anne Ward, M.ED.

Executive Director

Anne Ward, M.Ed. (she/her or they/them pronouns) is the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team. She is committed to a lifestyle of least harm and most good, and believes in a community where all people are valued. Anne has worked with people who have experienced sexual harm for more than six years and has trained and educated teachers, foster and adoptive parents, parents, grandparents, and caregivers, child care providers, medical and law enforcement professionals, and more, in sexual abuse prevention and healthy relationships.

With a Master’s of Education in Humane Education, Anne seeks to be a Solutionary: a person who is able to identify inhumane and unsustainable systems and then develop solutions that are healthy and just for people, animals, and the environment. Her early career included over fifteen years in animal welfare and sheltering, where she continued to learn about the complex challenges of violence, poverty, discrimination, and more. She is committed to all of SACT’s mission that considers both people who have experienced harm, as well as preventing future harm.

Cynthia Marsha

Community Advocate

Born here in Barre VT, Cynthia believe that one should do something of value with their life, and that doing so brings joy. At the age of 14 she started on a mission, which continues to unfold over 40 years later. In 1990, she completed Johnson State College’s Adult Non-Degree Program and has since achieved a number of certifications, licenses, and college credits.

Cynthia has over 30 years of varied experience, including business management, healthcare services, domestic violence advocacy, certified medication technician, residential care facility management, and as a direct service provider for children with disabilities, adults, and seniors. Cynthia has worked in schools, care facilities, and in private homes.

Open Position

Director of Outreach

The Director of Outreach is an executive thinker who wishes to invest their energy in a dynamic and transformative phase in the life cycle of our organization. They will find joy in day to day operations while uniting the community in growing an organization that prevents violence and serves people who have experienced harm.

SACT strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that our organization must honor the cultures, beliefs, and values of those we serve, and foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance, and equal opportunity. SACT does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, or national origin.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and at least three professional references for their application to be considered. In the letter of interest, applicants are invited to address the following: philosophy of sexual violence prevention; values regarding supporting people who have experienced harm. Applications may be submitted to:

Board of Directors

Officers for 2018-2019 Fiscal Year


Volunteering with SACT can take a variety of forms! Some volunteer opportunities include significant training while others help us manage the day-to-day operations of our office and shelter.

Current Needs:

Volunteer Training

SACT hosts training for advocates twice annually! Our next training is February 16th and 17th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. Please contact to sign up or learn more.