Rape Prevention and Education

The SATF receives Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) funding from the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, which participates in a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of RPE funds is to promote the development and expansion of primary prevention of sexual violence projects. Primary prevention projects are designed to stop sexual violence before it occurs.

About the RPE Grant Program: RPE is a federal grant program, part of the Violence Against Women Act that is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  RPE is a formula grant program, which means that every state and some territories receive a share based largely on their population.  Oregon’s share is a modest amount which has historically funded a small number of full time primary prevention programs. RPE is intended to fund primary prevention of sexual violence programs and strategies; that is, activities that seek to stop violence from ever occurring by changing attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and conditions that support violence and promoting positive, healthy social norms, behaviors, and attitudes.

2017-2019 RPE Funded Projects to begin August 1, 2017

  • Clackamas Women’s Services
  • El Programa Hispano Catolico
  • Women’s Crisis Support Team

2015-17 RPE Funded Projects

The process for grant applications for the 2015-17 RPE grant cycle took place between May and September of 2014.  Grants were awarded to four primary prevention programs around the state. These include:

logoEl Programa Hispano Católico, previously a part of Catholic Charities, is located in the Portland area. They deliver a culturally specific violence prevention and healthy relationships ten-session curriculum called PAS, to Latinx students and families in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. They created the PAS (Prevención de Agresión Sexual – Sexual Violence Prevention) curriculum to engage the Latinx community in culturally- and linguistically-specific sexual violence prevention. They aim to create an environment of health and safety in our Latinx communities. The project focuses on a combination of primary prevention strategies including:

  • Implementation of the PAS curriculum in a school setting with Latinx middle and high school youth.  The curriculum addresses topics including consent, gender roles and expression, oppression, power and control, healthy relationships, victim blaming, media analysis, substance use, bystander intervention, rights and consequences, and enacting community change;
  • Engaging the community through the use of youth-led activities, including bystander intervention projects, video projects, intergenerational talks with community elders, and community outreach; and
  • Increasing organizational and community prevention capacity by participating in community coalitions and training EPHC and Catholic Charities staff and volunteers to co-facilitate the PAS curriculum and to integrate prevention perspectives and activities in their work, while also training and providing support for practitioners outside of their organization to be more culturally responsive for the Latinx community.

haven-logoHAVEN is located in The Dalles and serves Wasco, Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman Counties. Their primary project is located in Dufur, Oregon, located about 14 miles south of The Dalles with a population of around 600 people. This project focuses on delivering multi-session violence prevention and healthy relationships curricula to students in 4th-12th grades, training for school staff, and increased opportunities for youth/adult partnerships. The project focuses on a combination of primary prevention strategies including:

  • Providing age-appropriate multisession educational curricula to the elementary, middle, and high school student populations at Dufur schools, and increase opportunities for youth to take leadership in prevention activities with the HAVEN Teen Theatre Troupe. HAVEN has facilitated opportunities for involved youth to travel to and present at events throughout their communities and throughout the state of Oregon, and
  • Hosting an annual Healthy Teen Relationships Summit, among other community based awareness activities, where youth and adults attend, co-present, and network. This summit is primarily youth-led from organization and presentation design to actually leading and delivering the presentations.

sarc_logo_blackonwhite_full-1Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is located in the Beaverton area and primarily serves Washington County. They have a long history of implementing primary prevention programs, but their specific RPE project is working with Roosevelt High School in Portland to provide culturally-inclusive, age-appropriate, multi-session education on violence prevention and commercial sexual exploitation. Their current focus includes providing collaborative training to school staff with the expectation of increasing knowledge, as well as enhancing the program to be more culturally responsive. The project highlights a tiered approach to working with their target audiences. Beginning in middle school, the students are receiving healthy relationships education, whereas in high school the students receive a more in-depth look at violence and violence prevention, as well as promoting healthy social norms.

Women’s Crisis Support Team
 predominately works in Grants Pass and Gladiola High Schools in southern Oregon. They provide multiple approaches to violence prevention and healthy relationships education in these schools. They focus on youth engagement as leaders in their communities, including in their schools. Their program continues to grow and expand, now including:

  • A mandatory healthy relationships and violence prevention class to all incoming freshmen. This includes 11sessions to all 9th grade students throughout the school year;wcst-logo
  • Existing gender-specific classes for students who elect to take them, on healthy relationships, identity, and self-value, as well as violence prevention and healthy breakups. A student must complete these groups prior to applying to the Youth Action Team, and students, selected from the school based prevention programs, are trained to identify, develop and facilitate community based sexual violence prevention strategies that include increasing bystander interventions and challenging sexism in the youth population of Josephine County. The Youth Action Team develops and implements projects to enhance community involvement and investment in violence prevention. The team is currently continuing their campaign of STAND/SPEAK/ACT that they developed previously and implemented with events, public awareness banners, shirts, signs, and presentations to the city council, to the local radio station and TV network, and in other venues. The Action Team represents a broad spectrum of high school youth leaders who are committed to finding meaningful ways of challenging social norms that allow violence to be so prevalent.

Questions about the RPE program can be addressed to Meg Foster, Prevention Program Coordinator, at megan@oregonsatf.org or (503) 990-6541.