Dine Out For Safety is a fundraiser for the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA). This annual event happens on Wednesday, April 15, of this year and features local restaurants who donate up to 20% of the proceeds from sales in support of SACASA's mission to help victims of sexual assault in our community. Additionally, local businesses donate items to be used as raffle prizes during the day-long Dine Out for Safety event.
SACASA is encouraging those who are interested in supporting survivors of sexual assault to consider volunteering to work at a participating restaurant greeting diners and/or selling raffle tickets. "Serving as a volunteer is easy, it's fun, and it requires committing only 2-4 hours of your time," said Leslie Lois, Dine Out For Safety Coordinator.
Volunteers will need to attend a 2-hour training session on April 8th. If you are available and interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACASA tells KGUN 9 that national statistics show 1 in 5 women - and 1 in 71 men - will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and 11.2% of all college students experience rape or sexual assault.
Community support through Dine Out For Safety allows SACASA to provide free services to more than 1,225 identified individuals plus 575 anonymous individuals over the phone and in-person every year.
Each year, SACASA Advocates will meet with more than 500 survivors at the hospital. SACASA Therapists provide more than 188 sessions of individual therapy and 90 support groups each year - all free of charge to victims & their loved ones.