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June 3rd, 2024

5 R’s of SA Model

Starting this month, we are re-introducing the SA Program Model in its essence.

Sexual exploitation crime is getting more organized to the extent of being considered a business-like type. It accounts for 79% of all human trafficking cases. Shockingly, 20% of the victims worldwide are children, while 7 in 10 human trafficking victims are women and girls.

One of the most significant issues is the limited access to help for women and girls. Research has shown that sexual abuse has catastrophic effects on the health and well-being of survivors. Survivors of sexual exploitation often experience severe PTSD symptoms. They are at risk of other mental health problems, including depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, problem alcohol abuse, disordered eating behaviours, and sexual dysfunction. These symptoms are similar to those experienced by soldiers returning from war.

This highlights that rescuing women alone is insufficient. To ensure proper reintegration and better life opportunities, we must address their trauma and offer new skills development opportunities.

So, where is the SA Foundation in the context of all this? Three pillars move the SA Foundation: Education, Recovery and Social Enterprise.

Our RECOVERY program, the SA Program Model, is focused on what we call 5R:

1. Refuge
The SA Program Model offers a long-term recovery program (3 to 7 years) for young women 18 years and older, and their children who have been sexually exploited and/or trafficked, which includes increased levels of independence factored into each program phase.

2. Restore
Our unique curriculum is delivered through facilitators and an engaged community committed to walking through recovery and life with each participant.

3. Reintegrate
Our Skill Development and Education Program offers each participant a unique training platform where they get to develop transferable and practical life skills toward their economic stability and freedom. This is essential for each woman to succeed in seeing their life rewritten.

4. Rewritten
The Followcare Program is provided to all past participants and provides the follow-up and care they need to succeed in the community. Invitations to events are extended, one-on-one care is provided, and opportunities to lead classes and/or sponsor new program participants are created.

5. Replicate
Through their recovery journey, each woman has been given the tools to do life differently than what their past experiences have taught them. For generational change and to stop the cycle of enslavement, these moms must replicate all they have learned in their child’s life for there to be a new positive cycle to start. This is the way these women actually become generation changers.

The SA Program model has around 30 years of experience and an incredible 73% success rate. With those many years and this incredible success rate, the SA Foundation (SAF) served more than 6,200 women and more than 2,000 children.

At SA's heart, we replicate this model training, supporting and mentoring the project implemented worldwide. The SA Program Model network is implemented in Nepal, Greece, Italy (North Italy and Bologna), Hungary, and Canada. We are in the process of opening in the Philippines and Thailand.

Our goal is to expand and implement the SA Model everywhere there is a need. We can only do this with the help of those who value women's lives and believe in their potential for change.

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Women and girls escaping human trafficking and sexual exploitation are finding healing and transformation with your help and active support. Be inspired. Be inspired.

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