Assistance League of Tucson joins with the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) and Southern Arizona Child Advocacy Center (SACAC) to respond to the needs of victims of sexual assault in our community.
When someone has been the victim of a sexual assault, the victim must give all of their clothing to the police as evidence. Assistance League prepares and provides Assault Survivor Kits which contain clothing and toiletries. After the forensic examination is completed, a victim can wash and dress in fresh clothes.
Each Assault Survivor Kit contains:
Our volunteers prepare the kits and provide them to Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) who sends a certified female nurse examiner and an advocate to the victim who is at a local hospital. The nurse brings the Assault Survivor Kit to the hospital and once the forensic examination is complete, helps the victim to cleanse and dress. Thanks to the efforts of Assistance League, SACASA has a ready supply of kits to give to female and male (adult and child) victims at all times.
We also support Southern Arizona Child Advocacy Center (SACAC) which interviews, conducts medical examinations and processes children who are removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. We provide them with basic clothing (underwear, t-shirts, simple pants or shorts, and socks) because clients often need clothing after the forensic interview process as well as snacks as these children often have not eaten.
The aim of this program is to reduce some of the trauma of sexual assault in our community, to help restore dignity to the victim and to allow the healing process to begin.