Outreach and Education at SASS

The Outreach and Education program at SASS aims to educate the community about the dynamics of sexual violence, what services are available for survivors, and how sexual violence can be prevented. This education is offered in order to increase the community’s access to services as well as to foster a healthy community environment.

SASS is dedicated to increasing access to services for underserved populations, such as individuals with disabilities, individuals living in rural areas, the Latinx community, LGBTQIA+, and youth and college students.

We offer a variety of educational and training programs, and we can also always tailor trainings to the unique needs of each group. Please reach out to Gracia Dodds, Support Group and Education Coordinator: support@sass-lane.org.

Survivor Educational Groups

SASS periodically provides educational groups for survivors. Examples include our Healthy Sexuality for Survivors programs, which is offered annually. Unlike our drop-in support groups, where people can choose each week whether or not to participate, these educational groups are for people who want to commit to attending the whole series and focusing on a specific topic. Having that kind of environment can be helpful for some people who want to dig deeper into specific issues with a supportive group of others who go through the process together.

Community Presentations

SASS provides presentations and training on sexual violence to a wide range of groups, such as classrooms, civic groups, service providers, etc., and we can tailor our presentations to meet your needs. Common presentation topics include: Dynamics of Sexual Violence, Sexual Violence Prevention, Supporting Survivors through Trauma-Informed Care, and more. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please contact support@sass-lane.org

Training for Professionals

Many professionals struggle to know how to respond when a person they’re working with makes a disclosure of trauma. Successfully navigating these situations is hard, especially when professional duties and requirements (such as mandatory reporting) are at odds with the needs or desires of the client. Yet getting comfortable responding positively to disclosures is an essential skill; for example, research has shown that having a negative disclosure experience can lead to negative emotional outcomes for survivors of sexual violence. SASS provides specialized trainings oriented specifically to the needs of different workplaces, helping staffers gain more confidence in their toolkit for working with survivors. We also offer consulting services to support agencies in developing policies and practices that mitigate institutional trauma/betrayal. For more information, please contact our office at 541-221-3308 or send an email to allies@sass-lane.org

Tabling at Events

SASS is particularly interested in connecting with the general community as well as a wide range of specific populations in order to spread the word about our services. We are interested in being a part of events, activities, and discussions around Lane County. If you would like SASS to participate in your event, please contact support@sass-lane.org

Youth Education Groups

Research shows that the most effective prevention strategies attempt to engage a small group of youth (5-15) over a sustained period of time (6-12 sessions, once a week) as opposed to doing quick one-time presentations with larger groups. The intent is to reduce social norms that encourage violence and to promote social norms that protect against it. Within our small groups, we engage in discussions and activities that explore both the causes of violence and the many ways that students can create a culture in their communities where violence is not tolerated. If you are interested in this program or would like more information, please contact support@sass-lane.org

Rural Outreach

SASS recognizes that survivors living in rural and isolated areas face additional barriers when trying to access resources and services. SASS’ Rural Outreach program focuses on increasing awareness and accessibility of our services throughout all of Lane County. If your rural community is interested in learning more about our services please contact our office at 541-484-9791. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can request a training or educational program?
Anyone! Survivor groups, service providers, community groups, schools, and businesses — our goal is to provide the best quality education and training no matter where you are.

Are trainings and educational programs free?
Our services are always free for survivors, and we strive to make our services available to community partners regardless of their ability to pay.