Tucson teams be part of forces to help intercourse assault survivors, promote consciousness | Native information
“I am very proud and happy that there has been so much collaboration and that it really feels like a city-wide effort,” said Noriega. “Sometimes I know that we can be very busy and get into our silos, but this time it was almost as if we were all still surviving the pandemic, we are service providers, we are overworked. So it felt like that, naturally we had to do something, so let’s almost happily join forces. “
“It’s so much better for survivors”
SACASA officials were still more than happy to work with UA campus groups, Take Back the Night Tucson, and county and city authorities to publicize the campaign. Due to the pandemic, SACASA was unable to carry out its annual “Dine Out for Safety” campaign for the past two years.
And while initial numbers suggest sexual assault in Pima County may have decreased amid the pandemic, raising awareness about the problem is still important, SACASA’s Kristine Welter-Hall said.
Welter-Hall said the number of attorneys responding to hospitals at the request of survivors decreased by 13% and requests for medical forensic examinations by 29% from July to December 2020, compared to the same time last year.
Still, SACASA’s crisis attorneys responded 419 times to hospitals in 2020, and medical forensic investigations were conducted in 50% of those situations, showing that there is an ongoing need for services and contact even during the pandemic, Welter-Hall said.