Bronson’s Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is a central prevention and survivor support program for the region and Battle Creek community. Bronson’s SAS program provides free services to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones, and executes prevention and education programming to key populations in southwest Michigan. These services have been particularly important during COVID-19 quarantine, where isolation, stress, increased screen time, less supervision and instability can lead to increases in family violence and assaults. Opportunities for prevention programming are abundant and in demand throughout the community.
All SAS program staff and operational expenses are funded through community support. SAS Community Educator, Laurie Hartman, who leads the prevention initiatives shares, "These funds will expand efforts to prevent sexual abuse, dating violence and stalking and support kindergarten through 12th grade students who have already been affected. We look forward to partnering with S.A.F.E. Place and Battle Creek Public Schools as well as other interested school districts to reduce trauma and improve safety, health and well-being for youth in Calhoun County." Bronson Health Foundation is grateful for community support from Albion Community Foundation, Battle Creek Community Foundation, Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation, The Miller Foundation, Michigan Children's Trust Fund, and United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and many others!