Education

Experts from the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault are available to speak to groups, small and large, about sexual violence. From informal discussions with parents to more formal presentations, you can request our services.

SACASA staff are also available to provide information at resource fairs and community events where your target audience would benefit from knowing about SACASA's services.

For speaking engagements or to request SACASA at your upcoming event, please contact Kristine Welter Hall at (520) 202-1746 or khall@codac.org.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given by an individual. This includes rape, molestation, incest, harassment, partner/marital rape, indecent exposure, stalking, exhibitionism and voyeurism.

Sexual assault also includes situations in which a person may be under the influence of any substance, unconscious or has a disability and cannot consent to sexual activity. Sexual assault impacts all people, regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender or economic status.

Did You Know?

  • Out-of-pocket rape-related expenses for survivors total about $7.5 billion a year nationwide.
  • Only 40% of sexual assaults in 2005 were reported to the police.
  • One in six women will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault in her lifetime.
  • Every 2.5 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
  • One in 33 adult men experience sexual violence.
  • 84% of the sexual assaults that were committed in 2003 did not involve a weapon.
  • 74% of male victims were raped or sexually assaulted by people they know.
  • 73% of female victims were raped or sexually assaulted by people they know.

Actual Experiences of SACASA Members

These stories are not fiction; they actually happened. Identifying information has been changed to protect these courageous survivors. They have worked with therapists at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault to restore what has been taken from them.

Maria is a 14-year-old Spanish-speaking girl who was so ashamed and frightened that she was mute about her rape by a 69-year-old neighbor. She began to pull out her hair, beat herself and ultimately attempted to poison herself. When she finally was able to verbalize to her parents what had happened, the family relocated to Pima County to protect their child. She is terribly frightened of people and her new surroundings. She is unable to sleep and is startled even at the ring of a telephone. She scans her environment vigilantly. This child did not want a child, but it was too late. Maria worked with a fluently bi-lingual therapist at Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault to bond with her newborn whose presence forces her to relive the unbearable trauma of her sexual assault.

Paula, 16 years of age, was molested by her 35 year old uncle, but her large extended family believes she provoked this molest and refuses to believe the uncle was the perpetrator, despite reports he tried to seduce Paula's 12 year old sister and 12 year old cousin. Following the incident, she was emotionally numb, and anticipated the rejection she received from her family. She could not speak of the incident until it became too late to collect any evidence. Paula did not bond well to her pregnancy because she had always dreamed of falling in love, marrying and having a baby with her husband. She now grieves the loss of her dream as well as her family.

Danny, now in his late 40's, was orphaned when his parents were killed in a car crash in Connecticut. His grandmother in New York City raised him. When he was nine years old, a priest whom he adored molested him. He never told his grandmother. Toward the end of high school he became a male prostitute, and when he began to think he might be gay, he got married and moved to the Midwest where he went to college and graduate school and became a successful engineer. The couple had four children. When his wife was pregnant with their fifth, she was killed in a car accident. Danny moved to the desert to heal, but his loss triggered previously defended thoughts and feelings about his parents' car accident. He then remembered the loss of his innocence and the betrayal by his adored priest. He is grieving these losses and is confused and guilty about his sexuality.

An older male cousin molested 55-year-old Carlos when he was 9. The cousin was 16. Because he admired his cousin very deeply, and they had a caring and close relationship, Carlos blamed himself. He never felt comfortable in the company of men, and he secretly questioned his own manhood. The death of his cousin's father provoked a panic attack and precipitated his seeking psychotherapy. He wanted to attend the funeral, but he could not face his cousin from whom he had withdrawn since childhood. Struggling, Carlos went to the funeral, spoke with his cousin and was able to feel understanding and compassion.