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March 30, 2011
Women's Resource Center
1802 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR
Located in the basement of Montgomery Hall, behind the Simon Benson Building.
503-725-5672
wrc@pdx.edu
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PSU Women's Resource Center

If you need to talk to someone after hours about sexual assault or domestic violence, call the 24-hour Portland Women's Crisis Line toll-free at: 888-235-5333.

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Programa Hispano - Project UNICA
El Programa Hispano - Project UNICA (Un Nuevo Inicio para Concluir el Abuso / A New Beginning to End Abuse)
Project UNICA's goal is to provide support, advocacy, and opportunity for self-empowerment, enabling survivors to exercise free and informed life choices. Project UNICA operates the UNICA Crisis Line, which is the first Crisis Line in Spanish in Multnomah County.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 503-232-4448 24-Hour Crisis Line TOLL FREE: 1-888-232-4448
Click Here for a Bilingual Flyer.

 

If you would like your campus or community organization to be featured here please email Kari Anne at karm@pdx.edu.

WRC SAAM Events
SAAM National Day of Action
Tuesday April 5th, 10:00AM-4:00PM

Tables will be at ASRC, WRC, and between SMSU & NH Join the Healthy Campus Initiative in kicking off SAAM 2011! Stop by a table to pick up information on the month’s events, decorate your own Action Flag, sign an Active Bystander pledge, and learn about more ways to get involved.

Strike Out Sexism Bowling!
Thursday April 7th, 5:00-600PM
PSU Viking Game Room SMSU Basement

Join the WRC for this fun SAAM event! Put together a team or come join a team. Contribute $5-10 donation to show unity and support around SAAM. Bowling, raffle, educational materials, and fun!

"Framing Sexual Assault: The Public Health Model and Sexual Violence Prevention"
Friday April 8th, 1:00-2:00PM

Urban Center -Parsons Gallery, Room 212

A facilitated discussion by Sandra Clark, M.P.H. and Torrie Bordokoff, M.P.H. Candidate
This is a discussion-based hour in which we'll analyze how media framing of sexual violence influences our solutions and our ideas about prevention as social change activists, public health workers, and community members. We're going to discuss the public health model not only as an approach to sexual violence prevention, but as a specific framing device for how we discuss, think about, and respond to sexual violence portrayals in the media. Participants will be given tools to do media framing analysis that will enhance our ability to mobilize communities and advance the discussion about sexual violence prevention.

Film Viewing of "Playground" followed by discussion
Wednesday April 13th, 4:30-7:00PM WRC Lounge

Sexual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the province of a particularly inhuman, and invariably foreign, criminal element. Such is the initial premise of Libby Spears’ sensitive investigation into the topic. But she quickly concludes that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later.

Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, Playground illuminates a sinister industry of unrecognized pervasiveness.

Spears has crafted a comprehensive revelation of an unknown epidemic, essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen. Film viewing will be followed by a discussion lead by a survivor of human trafficking. The program will close with helpful resources about getting involved.

"Dating a Survivor: Strategies for being a supportive partner"
Thursday April 14th, 2:00PM WRC Lounge

A talk by Adam Benjamin, PhD, MSWc

Faculty Favorite Lecture Series: Chris Carey
"Human Trafficking: The Challenge of the 21st Century"
Thursday April 21st, 1:00-3:00PM WRC Lounge

Christopher Carey, PhD, JD, is a former Deputy District Attorney and currently an Assistant Professor in PSU’s University Studies Program. His expertise extends to the application of international law with an emphasis on human trafficking and working with groups to improve collaboration within the field of human rights. He served as the Executive Director of a US based 501c (3) international human rights organization that addressed human trafficking, safe migration, and gender-based violence through culturally grounded, rights-based solutions. During his tenure as executive director he helped open offices in Kathmandu, Nepal, Kolkata, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Mexico City, Mexico. He has been identified as an expert in human trafficking and intercultural communication by the California Judicial System where he testified as an expert witness.

Bike Back the Night/ Take Back the Night
Thursday April 28th PSU South Park Block in front of SMSU
Rally & Entertainment 6PM
Bike Ride & March 7PM
Speaker Loretta Stinson and Survivor Speak Out 8PM

In celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, PSU’s Women’s Resource Center and Portland Women’s Crisis Line will be collaborating to host this year’s Take Back the Night/Bike Back the Night event. This is an event to recognize and speak out in opposition of the violence which occurs against women in our community. Our core message is to promote the understanding that everyone deserves the right to feel safe in their neighborhood and on the streets. This year we will be leading two different routes, one on bike and one on foot, with the goal of spreading the message about ending sexual violence throughout the city. We will also begin this year’s event with some local entertainment, and following the ride/march everyone will be invited to participate in a survivor speak out and vigil as a way to honor sexual assault survivors.

This event has existed in some form since the mid-1970’s, and has come to be recognized as an international effort to spread awareness and raise activism around this very important issue. In the last 30 years, countries including Canada, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, India and Australia have held a variety of TBTN events—and although the focus of these events has ranged throughout the years, Take Back the Night has re-centered its emphasis on eliminating sexual violence in all forms, with thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis lines sponsoring events all over the country.

The Committee is still looking for volunteers. If you would like to help with this event come in to the WRC and talk with Kari Anne or email Elena at TBTN.PSU@gmail.com

Social & Support Groups
The Q Center
Inter-Personal Violence Support Group
Every Wednesday 6-8pm
Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave / Conference Room B

This is a weekly all-genders support group for self-identified LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced physical, emotional, sexual, or economic violence within an intimate relationships. Facilitated by a queer-identified advocate from Bradley Angle, this group is appropriate for any LGBTQ person who has left a violent or abusive situations, is thinking of leaving, or would simply like support and resources for understanding the dynamics of the violence in their relationship. Participants can expect a confidential, safe space in which to share and learn from each other and the facilitator. For more information or to sign up for the group, please call 503-595-9591 x305.

PWCL Support Groups
To inquire about or sign-up for one of the below support groups please call our
24-hour Crisis Line at 503-235-5333/888-235-5333.
Childhood Survivors of Trauma
Stage One Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had little or no formal therapy. This group has
an education format. Topics include boundaries, self-care, coping strategies.
Location: SE Portland
Next Group: Spring 2011
Day/Time: Day to be determined. Around 630-8pm
Childhood Survivors of Trauma
Stage Two Support Group

For childhood survivors of trauma who have had formal therapy around their trauma or
completed the stage one group. This is a process group.
Location: SE Portland
Next Group: Spring 2011
Day/Time: Day to be determined. Around 630-8pm
SASSE - Sexual Assault Empowerment Group
Support group for adult survivors of sexual assault. Education and process group format.
Location: SE Portland
Next Group: Spring 2011
Day to be determined. Around 630-8pm
Women’s Safety and Empowerment Group
Education format
Location: Salvation Army SAFES shelter
Next Group: Group held every other week January through May, Wednesdays 11:15-12:15

In addition to their support groups PWCL provides an extensive list of community and national resources on their website

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