SASARI Mission and More
What is our mission at SASARI?
We educate students, staff, faculty, family and community leaders engaged in student travel on issues of sexual violence, equipping them with the understanding and resources required to prevent, respond to, and recover from a sexual assault. We know that educating those involved strengthens individuals, supports families and creates safer communities.
At SASARI, we value:
- BUILDING COMPASSION: We are comfortable, confident and can ascertain more when we’re seeing compassionately.
- BUILDING COMMUNITY: We are healthier, happier and can accomplish more when we’re working together.
- BUILDING CAPACITY: We are more productive, powerful and can achieve more when we’re being developed.
In pursuit of our mission and in line with out values, we at SASARI are resolved to:
- Promoting collaboration between all parties engaged in the safety of students abroad;
- Providing a platform to create awareness; and
- Offer vital resources for students and staff to be equipped.
SASARI Founder’s Story
My name is Callie and I founded Students Abroad Sexual Assault Resource Initiative (SASARI) in 2014. I was raped while studying abroad in 2005. I am currently in the process of exchanging all of the suffering I underwent into positive change. When I studied abroad the only way I would participate was if I would be in an English speaking country because it sounded like the safest bet to me. When I found out a friend would be joining me I felt extra safe. Those feelings of safety disappeared when I was raped. So much has changed since I studied abroad. Cell phones were left turned off, bystander intervention was unheard of, and emergency contraception wasn’t an option that I was aware of. My home campus didn’t get their first sexual assault advocate until 5 years after I was raped abroad. Campus sexual assault was unheard of. There are still barriers that exist and there is so much work that still needs to be done, but I am confident that change is possible. I believe it is my purpose in life to bring awareness to and transform this cause. This issue needs to be talked about openly until there is no issue left, it is resolved. My goal is to be the expert on study abroad sexual assault. Help is out there, go find it.
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This video sparked the creation of SASARI. On October 2, 2014 the sexual assault advocate at NDSU asked me to shoot a 3 minute video to show future students at study abroad orientation and this is what I was able to come up with.