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Sexual Assault Support Services

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Contact: Crisis/Support Lines: 343-SASS(7277) or toll-free 1-800-788-4727

Phone Number: (541) 484-9791

Sexual Assault Support Services supports the victims of past and present sexual assault and through offering direct services, empowers survivors of sexual assault, educates the community and aims to change the societal conditions which allow oppression, especially sexual violence.

SASS Volunteer Program is about people who want to make a difference.

It is about:
offering crisis-response and long-term support to survivors of sexual assault and abuse—women and men, adults and children, and their partners, friends and families.

It is about:
dedication to empowerment, self-determination, cooperation, equal access to resources and services, a woman's right to reproductive choice, and recognizing and resisting oppression, discrimination and abuses of power.

It is about:
the movement to end sexual violence against women and children, and the right of all people to live free from the fear and reality of abuse, assault, battery and harassment.

  Volunteer & Intern Opportunities
  - Providing peer support to clients
  - Answering the crisis line
  - Leading a support group
  - Staffing information booths
  - Coordinating events
  - Providing legal/medical advocacy
  - Staffing the office
  - Serving on the Board of Directors
  - Facilitating presentations to community groups
    and students

First-Ever SASS Volunteer Training for Youth:

Ever wonder if the images of sexual violence portrayed on CSI and Law and Order are accurate? How the law protects youth specifically? Want to learn some useful self-defense moves? Come discuss these topics and more at SASS' first ever FREE youth volunteer training! And earn those community service hours while you're at it!

When? July 13-17
Where? 3590 W 18th Ave (right on the bus line)
Who? Youth, ages 15-19! Yeah that means you!

Upon completion of this one week training, youth will have the option to assist with future self-defense classes, create outreach projects and help deliver community and school awareness presentations. Meet other involved teens in our area, eat some food and join the movement to end sexual violence while you're at it!

Topics covered include:

  • Healthy relationships
  • How to understand and assert your boundaries
  • Consent
  • Preventing sexual violence in our community
  • How to support survivors
  • Youth can register by contacting SASS. Registration is required, and you can download the registration, consent and waiver forms (PDF). For more information call 484-9791.

    To Prospective Volunteers,

    April 2009

    Welcome to SASS and to the movement to end sexual violence. SASS' mission is to provide services to survivors of past and present sexual assault, and to change societal conditions that allow oppression, especially sexual violence, to exist. On this website you will find information outlining all of SASS' services for the people of Lane County. Whether you are new to this social/political movement or continuing in your work to end the violence of sexual abuse, I want to thank you for your interest in volunteering at SASS.

    Our Direct Service Training puts sexual violence into a political and social context. It is required for all volunteers. The training will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 in the Stephen J. Carmichael Room at John Serbu Juvenile Detention Facility. A training schedule with other logistical details is shown below this letter. You must complete all the trainings on the schedule before you can do direct service, and the first half should be completed with the same group of people. If you have questions about anything, please feel free to call the business line 484-9791 x306, or email to find out what you need to know.

    Upon completion of the Volunteer Training, each trainee will go through an informal two-way interview with a SASS staff member. This is an opportunity to ask questions of and give feedback to each other. Together we will discuss your interests, skills and additional training requirements necessary to move from a trainee to a regular volunteer. We also have a process of shadowing and supported on the job training for each volunteer job description. You will always be able to receive mentoring as a volunteer at SASS and in time you may become a mentor to newer volunteers.

    Each new volunteer training is exciting for the current volunteers and staff because new volunteers (you!) bring new ideas, expertise and energy. The rewards of volunteering at SASS are many. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, work with others towards a common goal, acquire new skills, offer services to survivors, and network with other community agencies. In return SASS encourages initiative, dedication and responsibility on the part of the trainee/volunteer so that we may offer the best possible services to survivors and do the most effective work for social change. If you are willing to make an effort on behalf of yourself and others, you will find that you are very welcome here and that your work makes a difference.

    Thank you for your commitment to ending sexual violence and I look forward to working with you at SASS.

    Shanta Kamath
    Volunteer Program Coordinator & Crisis Line Supervisor
    Sexual Assault Support Services

    Summer 2009 Volunteer Training Schedule

    All Summer 2009 Trainings will be held in the Stephen J. Carmichael Room at John Serbu Youth Detention Facility off of Martin Luther King Blvd. across from Autzen Stadium

    Direct Service Training Agenda: Starred trainings are prerequisites to part II below, must be completed all together with one group during one training: absentees start all over in the Fall.

      Tuesday, June 23 5:30pm - 9:30pm Welcome/Confidentiality*, Dynamics of Sexual Violence*
      Thursday, June 25 5:30pm - 8:30pm Supporting Survivors*
      Tuesday, June 30 5:30pm - 8:30pm Supportive Communication*, Debriefing/Self Care*
      Thursday, July 2 5:30pm - 8:30pm Anti-Oppression*
      Tuesday, July 7 5:30pm - 8:30pm Ally-Building*
      Thursday, July 9 ---- NO TRAINING, DO SELF-CARE ----
      Tuesday, July 14 5:30pm - 9:00pm Cultural Comp. I/ CC II: Caminando en sus Zapatos*
      Thursday, July 16 5:30pm - 9:00pm CC III: People with Disabilities, CC IV: LGBTIQ
      Total Hours: 23

    Part II Training Agenda: These trainings are open to anyone who has completed the starred trainings above. They are mandatory for direct service (crisis line, support group facilitation, school presentations or representing SASS in the community).

      Tuesday, July 21 5:30pm - 7:30pm Child Sexual Abuse
    7:45pm - 9:45pm Ritual Abuse
      Thursday, July 23 5:30pm - 7:30pm Sexual Harassment
    7:45pm - 9:45pm Crisis & Suicide Assessment
      Tuesday, July 28 5:30pm - 7:30pm Domestic Violence
    7:45pm - 9:45pm Survivors in the Sex Industry
      Thursday, July 30 5:30pm - 7:30pm Stalking
    7:45pm - 9:45pm Legal/Medical Advocacy Issues

    Specialized TBA Trainings to be held at SASS: Answering Crisis Lines, Facilitating Support Groups, & Giving Presentations. Total Direct Service Hours: 22

    Logistics for Summer 2009:

    Transportation and Parking: Lane Transit District bus # 13 Centennial goes past the access entrance to Serbu (on left after Scouts Way). Carpooling may also be arranged the first day. From 7th St. in Eugene, take Coburg Road north and soon after crossing the bridge, exit right onto Martin Luther King Blvd. Serbu is two lefts further down and across the street from the Autzen Stadium entrance. Directions and reminders will be given when the time comes for the training at SASS.

    Snacks/Supplies: Some snacks and beverages will be provided. If you need a full or particular kind of dinner, please bring it with you. You may also wish to bring notebook paper, pen/pencil, your own mug/beverage container and a warm sweater in case the room is over-air-conditioned.

    Cost: The training is offered free of charge. There is a suggested $20.00 donation to help cover the cost of the training material and criminal background checks. If you do not wish to keep your training binder, you may choose to return it after training rather than contributing in this way.

    Download, complete, and mail the Volunteer Training Registration Form
    OR call 541-484-9791 to register by phone.