Our mission is the effective prevention of and response to sexual violence through collaborative, comprehensive, survivor-centered strategies.
What We Do
In organizing and maintaining a membership body, the Sexual Assault Task Force seeks to facilitate cross-discipline collaboration and cultivate victim-centered approaches to sexual assault primary prevention, victim advocacy, medical forensic care, criminal prosecution and sex offender management and treatment. The Task Force Advisory Committee (TFAC) brings together over 100 members from across Oregon, all of whom are working in their various capacities to end sexual violence. As a condition of membership, TFAC members select a standing subcommittee to join and participate in, based upon their area of focus and expertise around the issue of sexual violence. The Task Force Advisory Committee and its standing subcommittees meet in-person quarterly and often hold additional interim meetings. Learn more about TFAC and apply for membership.
The Sexual Assault Training Institute (SATI) provides regular, high-quality and professional discipline-specific and multidisciplinary trainings to victim advocates, law enforcement officials, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), prosecutors, and sexual assault response teams, among others, which are intended to increase knowledge, skills and victim sensitivity.
The Prevention Program works to eliminate the roots causes of sexual violence in order to stop sexual violence before it occurs. SATF develops information, resources and training related to sexual violence prevention, provides technical assistance and support to local sexual violence prevention efforts, oversees the provision of Rape Prevention and Education funding to local community organizations, coordinates state-wide prevention initiatives and activities (such as Oregon Men Against Violence) and implements the Recommendations to Prevention Sexual Violence in Oregon: A Plan of Action, the state’s strategic sexual assault prevention plan.
The SANE Program provides technical assistance and support to SANEs, clinics and hospitals across the state of Oregon. SANEs are registered nurses with specialized training and clinical experience in providing forensic examinations of sexual assault victims. SANEs are part of a larger coordinated response to sexual assault and therefore often work closely with law enforcement officers, forensic lab staff, child protective services, prosecutors, and sexual assault advocates and crisis programs.
Oregon Men Against Violence (OMAV) is a network of local and campus organizations throughout the state seeking to engage men and boys in the effort to prevent and respond to men’s use of violence. OMAV provides technical assistance and other forms of support to local initiatives seeking to engage men in sexual violence prevention education, enables peer networking, and offers webinars and other training opportunities to increase the effectiveness of all community-based efforts.
Since 2003, the Task Force has proposed statewide legislation during each regular Oregon legislative session. The Task Force has an ongoing commitment to improving legislation and public policy as it relates to preventing and responding to sexual assault.
- A society free of sexual violence is a basic human right.
- All people are affected by, and must work to end, sexual violence.
- Sexual violence is the result of sexism and other forms of oppression and can be prevented.
- Offenders choose to commit sexual violence and should be held responsible for that choice.
- Sexual violence is never the survivor’s fault.
- All victims of sexual violence deserve equal access to justice.
- All victims of sexual violence deserve a response that is respectful, supportive and victim-driven.
- Strategies of sexual violence prevention and response must be comprehensive and socio-culturally appropriate.
- Strategies of sexual violence prevention and response must be based on evidence or testable theories and must incorporate evaluation.
- Provide leadership to improve the prevention of and response to sexual violence.
- Identify and promote Best Practices and Promising Practices in support of effective sexual violence intervention, prevention and response efforts.
- Ensure the Task Force’s internal organization and work processes establish and maintain (a) clear responsibilities and expectations for the Board of Directors and all committees; (b) adequate communication and information sharing across committees; and (c) opportunities for cross-committee
work and for Task Force member service apart from committee work.
- Ensure clear responsibilities for each Task Force staff member and provide maximum opportunities for each staff member’s professional development.
- Ensure stable and adequate Task Force funding to achieve Task Force goals.
The SATF was formed in 1999 by Attorney General Hardy Myers at the request of a group of advocates and multidisciplinary responders in order to organize statewide efforts to address adolescent and adult sexual assault in Oregon. The SATF incorporated into a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-government organization in 2003.