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Tahoe SAFE Alliance unveils ‘Stopping Abuse for Everyone’ PSA

Special to the Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Every six seconds, a woman in the United States suffers from domestic violence. It is a national health crisis, and every day, three women die at the hand of their abuser.

In fact, Nevada ranks in the top five in the nation in domestic violence murders. Lake Tahoe is not immune — last year, Tahoe SAFE Alliance provided 787 services to domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse survivors.

Of that number, 425 were victims of domestic/intimate partner violence. Tahoe SAFE Alliance is issuing an appeal to the community to get involved, and for financial support in the form of a domestic violence awareness Public Service Announcement.

The PSA is available on the agency’s website at tahoesafealliance.org and will be aired on Reno KTVN Channel 2 in the months of December and February.

“Domestic violence is happening here in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Most likely, you know someone that has suffered as it takes many forms: verbal, physical, emotional, and financial,” said Karen Carey, executive director at Tahoe SAFE Alliance. “Tahoe SAFE Alliance is the safety net for these victims. Without our services they would not have a safe place to recover and heal and they would have to navigate complex legal issues on their own. We need to raise money to ensure that our services are available. We need the support of our community if we are to continue Stopping Abuse for Everyone.”

The PSAis the first of its kind to be created and aired in Northern Nevada. The project was created by the professional services of Jameson Media Group out of Los Angeles with the financial support of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

“We hope that the PSA will raise awareness to the crisis of domestic violence and the importance of Tahoe SAFE Alliance in our community,” Carey said. “We want community members to recognize their role in helping us to end violence because it takes all of us working together: women, men, teens and children. The support of the community is essential in maintaining the financial health of our organization.”

Donations from individuals play an important part of fundraising for Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Individual gifts, no matter how big or small, help to support the Mt. Rose Safe House, the crisis line, advocacy and support services, a comprehensive children’s program, and violence prevention education to school children, businesses, and community members.

A gift of $25 will pay for one hour on the crisis line. A gift of $50 provides eight children with two Pet Therapy sessions. To make a donation or learn more, visit tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010. You can also donate through the Sierra Sun/Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Holiday Giving Guide at givebacktahoe.org.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a nonprofit organization, has provided direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse since 1985. Tahoe SAFE Alliance is currently the only agency providing assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region of California and Nevada.