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The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault is a non-profit organization that offers a full range of services to victims of sexual assault in Pima County and throughout Southern Arizona. We serve primary and secondary victims and survivors of recent and past sexual assault, and provide sexual assault education and awareness to the general community.

Click here to see SACASA video on YouTube

The mission of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault is to reduce the trauma and incidence of sexual assault by providing treatment and promoting prevention of sexual abuse, incest, molestation and rape.

For 30 years the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault has provided these services to communities in Southern Arizona.
Today, the Center is the largest provider of sexual assault services in the state of Arizona and the only organization in the state that provides the full continuum of sexual assault services. Learn more about the history of how the Center was created to meet the needs of the community.

SACASA’s programs and services would not be possible without the support of its many supporters. With the support of Long Realty, The Center Against Sexual Assault produced a compelling 12-minute video titled Shattering Silence: Survivors Speak Out.

Facts about Sexual & Relationship Violence in Arizona


  • One out of five adult women in Arizona (363, 000 in 2003) have been victims of one or more completed forcible rapes1 during their lifetime. (Ruggiero & Kilpatrick, 2003)


  • Three percent of adult men in the US have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault2 in their lifetime. (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2006) The number of male survivors of sexual assault and abuse in Arizona is unknown.


  • 83% of women and 77% of men were raped by a spouse or romantic partner, family member, or acquaintance. (ibid.)


  • Only 2 out of 5 people report their sexual assault to law enforcement. (Rand, 2009)


  • In 2007, among Arizona youth in ninth through twelfth grades, 13% of girls and 7% of boys report ever experiencing sexual contact against their will. (Arizona Department of Education, 2008)


  • In 2007, among Arizona youth in ninth through twelfth grades, 12% of girls and boys replied “yes” to the question, “During the past 12 months, did your boyfriend or girlfriend ever hit, slap, or physically hurt you on purpose?” (ibid.)


1Forcible rape is defined by the Uniform Crime Reports as vaginal penetration of a female forcibly and against her will. Other sex offenses are not included in this data.

2Sexual assault is defined by Arizona law as engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent.





Arizona Department of Education (2008). 2007 Arizona Youth Risk Behavior Survey Trend Report. Available online at http://www.ade.az.gov/sa/health/matrix/2007AZBHTrend%20Report.pdf

Rand, M.R. (2009) Criminal Victimization, 2008: the National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin. Rockville, MD: Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice.


Ruggiero, K.J. & Kilpatrick, D.G. (2003). Rape in Arizona: A report to the state. Charleston, SC: National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, Medical University of South Carolina.


Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (2006). Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization : Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey, Rep. No. NCJ 210346. Rockville, MD: Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice.


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