WHO WE ARE
Initiating Conversation & Preventing Sexual Violence
St. Louis Against Sexual Assault (SASA) is a grassroots organization founded by survivors who have first hand experience in the service industry. We were brought together by a drive to raise awareness about the necessity to prevent sexual violence from occurring in our community. Due to an immense and immediate need for prevention training and education in our workplaces we intend to create training programs specifically for service industry professionals. Coinciding with this project we are committed to initiating conversation surrounding the prevention of sexual abuse. We believe this vital conversation is missing within our homes, schools, workplaces, and relationships.
St. Louis Against Sexual Assault is a survivor led organization that provides sexual assault prevention training to service industry professionals. SASA aims to change service industry standards and prevent sexual violence by providing tools to respond and reduce harassment and assault in the workplace.
At St. Louis Against Sexual Assault (SASA), we envision a service industry where every workplace is free from sexual violence, and all individuals feel safe, respected, and empowered. We strive to transform service industry standards by equipping professionals with comprehensive sexual assault prevention training and fostering a survivor-led approach.
Through our initiatives, we aim to establish a culture of zero tolerance for harassment and assault, ensuring that every person can thrive in their workplace without fear. Together, we are forging a future where the service industry stands as a beacon of safety, empathy, and accountability, championing the well-being and dignity of all.
MEET OUR BOARD
Samantha is a St. Louis native raised in the service industry. She spent 21 years working in bars and restaurants where she held positions ranging from a line cook to a Front of House Manager. She also possesses a Master’s of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture and fiber arts. She is currently a professor of art at The University of Missouri St. Louis. Her interdisciplinary art practice is rooted in advocacy discussing the effects of both sexual and domestic violence. She is dedicated to continued growth and maintaining the momentum of a devoted mover and shaker.
Sarah is an introverted art jeweler and baker originally hailing from Godfrey, Illinois. She earned a BFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she ultimately discovered her identity as a craftsperson and passion for working across various media. Sarah has experience working with various arts nonprofit organizations as a teaching artist and developing educational programming and events. In her spare time, Sarah can be found staying active and actively trying to remember what she walked into the next room for.
Head of External Affairs
Bek is a creative person that enjoys cross stitching, resin art, jewelry making, tending to her plants and caring for her dog Lucy. Bek’s goal is to help our community feel and be safer through listening to survivors, taking action to help them and provide them with the resources to heal from their traumas, all while working to prevent sexual assault.
Head of Internal Affairs
Tara has over 25 years of experience working in the food & beverage industry doing everything from fine dining service on cruise ships to tending bar at her favorite local taverns. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Washington University and spent several seasons making props for Opera Theatre of St Louis as well as miniature sets for various stop motion animations. Later she went on to become production manager for an events prop building company. She is currently back in the service industry part time and spends the rest of her time doing freelance work and hanging out with her dog, Leon and bearded dragon, Ethel. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and experimenting with textile sculptures.
Head of Public Relations
Sarah Shelton is the Founder & CEO of Girl Louie, a creative storytelling agency based in St. Louis, MO. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in graphic design, web design, marketing, videography, and creative storytelling. Through her company Girl Louie, Sarah leads a team of creatives who bring mission-led causes to life through art and advocacy. When not navigating the busy world of her creative agency, you can find Sarah raising her two daughters and many animals alongside her partner in STL. Sarah’s motto is “community over everything.”
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