What’s sweeter than support?

Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) teamed up with Sweet Peaks for some ice cream and a good cause. This MSU student-run organization educates and promotes activism to raise awareness for stalking, relationship violence and sexual assault and strongly promotes healthy relationships. SASA works closely with the VOICE Center on campus to advocate for the right to live free from the fear of violence. Both organizations are part of the Office of Health Advancement, whose goal is a balanced lifestyle for the MSU community. The recent fundraiser brought light to a cause that all of these organizations support.

Last Tuesday, Feb. 13, a line wrapped around the west Main Street building to support this cause. Members from SASA were sharing their excitement for the organization and interacting with the Bozeman community through chatting, trivia and informative handouts. Sweet Peaks, a local supporter of SASA, agreed to donate $1 from every sale to the Survivor Fund. This reserve is completely managed by students to provide financial resources to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in the Bozeman community.

The fund is used in a multitude of ways. For example, the fund can be used to equip survivors with temporary safe housing when escaping unsafe and abusive situations, a meal for those struggling financially due to abuse from their partner or transportation to return home and be with loved ones. The Survivor Fund supports survivors working with HAVEN, an organization which supports and protects domestic abuse victims, Bozeman Help Center’s Sexual Assault Counseling Center & Child Advocacy Center and Aspen, an organization dedicated to helping sexual and domestic violence survivors.

To donate to this cause, to help out or to learn some more, check out the Students Against Sexual Assault at MSU Facebook page or email montanastatesasa@gmail.com.