September Executive Director's Message


This month is recognized nationally as National Suicide Prevention Month, National Recovery Month, and National Hispanic Heritage Month and we are proud to be participating by focusing on the unique ways that sexual violence and suicide are connected.

We have created a new working group to study the issue of suicide and support our expressed desire to this serious public health issue. We’re working overtime to ensure that all of our programs include suicide prevention as a critical component of our work. We’re committed to ensuring that no survivor ever feels that they are alone. We’re committed to building a community for all people working to end sexual violence in Utah.

In keeping with our theme of building a community for those working to end sexual violence in Utah, we’re growing our membership program, the Vanguard Network. This network is designed for anyone who is interested in supporting our statewide efforts to end sexual violence. If you like the work we’re doing, please consider joining the Vanguard Network by clicking here.

Our members are the backbone of our efforts and power the work that we’re doing in communities across the state. Here are the things that our members are making possible this month:

  • We’re looking for volunteers to join us in tabling at Hooper Tomato Days, Ogden Hispanic Festival, Provo Pride Festival, Logan Pride Festival, and other community events. If you’re interested email our Outreach Specialist Myla Anderson at [email protected].
  • We’ve launched several new webinars on topics ranging for sexual violence research to the impact of trauma on advocates. Head over to the UCASA Training Center to learn more.
  • September 7-9th, we’re hosting the a 44-hour SANE certification training for new SANE nurses in Provo. Read more.
  • On September 27th, we’re partnering with several community partners to host a screening of the internationally recognized documentary The Voiceless. The Voiceless features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence. This powerful straight to camera film discusses culture, masculinity, and other important concepts. Read more.

This is only a small portion of what we are doing and we hope that you’ll join us and get involved. Our work is powered by our membership program. Join us on the next step of our journey by becoming a member of our newly formed Vanguard Network. By making a monthly membership contribution to UCASA, you are joining the local movement to end sexual violence. Our members include community leaders with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and experience working to combat sexual violence in our community.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to schedule one of our events in your community. We are a statewide organization and love to support the work of our community partners across the state.

Thank you,
Turner C. Bitton
Executive Director
[email protected]
(801) 746-0404 Ext. 1