TMC and SACASA open center to provide crisis support

Tucson Medical Center and the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault(SACASA) have teamed up in a unique collaboration to create the ideal resource and support center for recent survivors of sexual assault.

TMC and SACASA have launched a support facility in the TMC Emergency Department that includes a dedicated medical forensic examination room, a quiet space for family and friends, and a separate EMS entrance for additional privacy.

The facility donated by TMC will provide the first step of medical support for recent survivors, and SACASA staff will be on hand to provide emotional support services and conduct medical forensic exams. Both agencies understand how important it is to respond immediately and professionally to the needs of a survivor of sexual assault, while also providing as much comfort as possible in such situations.

“This center is a huge step forward in our community’s ability to provide the full spectrum of care that is so urgently needed in a crisis situation following an assault,” stated Montserrat Caballero, program director of SACASA. “Sexual assault is a reality in Southern Arizona and it is our responsibility as a community to provide support. This facility will help meet the needs of survivors. This partnership is incredibly unique and highlights the level of compassion and care that Tucson Medical Center has for all survivors.”

The mission of Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, a member of Arizona’s Children Association family of agencies, is to reduce the trauma and incidence of sexual assault by providing treatment and promoting prevention of sexual abuse, incest, molestation and rape.

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