SASA 10th annual 5k looks to bring awareness of domestic violence

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The SASA Crisis Center is getting ready for their 10th-annual 5k run this weekend. The event looks to bring awareness to domestic violence and show survivors what kind of services they provide.

They have advocates who can escort people to court, counseling services, and anything else someone leaving a violent relationship may need. They also are celebrating new programs that began just this year.

“We began our partnership with the Hastings Police Department but we hope to expand to our outlying counties and now officers are saying to every victim that they interact with that an advocate will be calling them,” Executive Director Jo Springer said.

Survivors will be there to share their stories show others they can get to a better situation.

“With the recent shootings here in Hastings and Gibbon we want to just let people know that we are here and there are resources available for them to reach out and get help,” Community Outreach Advocate Socorro Topete said.

Registration starts at 7 am Saturday August 17th at Lake Hastings Park. All the proceeds will go towards funding SASA's advocate programs and expanding them in the future.