FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A feeling of warmth and coziness is something most everyone enjoys, but for anyone whose life has been shattered by sexual assault, it’s a feeling not easily realized again. But the organizers of this unique event have intentionally named it Warm & Cozy and sought to create an atmosphere of comfort and safety. The tone will be casual, but the catering and program will be first class. Guests will gather around campfires, enjoy hearty food, auctions, and entertainment.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center (FWSATC). The staff offer a different approach to care. It includes listening to a patient’s story, affirming that assault is not the fault of the victim, and helping the patient move forward. Chief Nursing Officer at the FWSATC, Michelle Ditton says “sexual violence is an equal opportunity crime and can affect the lives of those we hold close in our hearts. These are real people living and working in our community who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in addition to knowing that they have options and choices in a situation where they really didn’t have a choice.” She reports that funding from the 2013 event has provided resources to train and sustain newer nurses to provide patient care.
Tickets are $40 per person or $75 for two. Tickets can be purchased online, or by mail. Checks can be made out to Kayla Tilley, and sent to her attention 2270 Lake Avenue, Suite 201, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center is a local nonprofit that helps anyone who has been sexually assaulted; men and women, children and seniors. They are on call, day and night. The nurse examiners at the center are board certified and serve victims in Allen County plus 15 additional counties in Northeast Indiana. Services are confidential. To contact the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, call 260-423-2222. To learn more about the center, visit the website, YouSpeakWeListen.org.