Spring Volunteer Training Starts May 11th!

sassy-smOur next volunteer training will begin Monday, May 11th. Our Direct Service Training puts sexual violence into a political and social context. It is required for all volunteers. You must complete all the trainings on the schedule before you can do direct service, and the first two weeks must be completed in whole before advancing.


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 and skills, and our additional training requirements necessary for you 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, to work with others towards a common goal, to acquire new skills, to offer services to survivors, and to 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.

To join our Spring training,  register online or Spring 2015 VT Registration Packet and fill out and return the last page.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:

541-484-9791 ext. 316

volunteer (at) sass-lane.org

Take Back the Night – Recobrar la Noche

Thursday, April 30th – Annual Take Back the Night

When: Thursday, April 30th, 2015 starting at 6:00PM. The March starts at 7:00 pm, Speak Out at 8:30 pm, goes until late. SafeRide runs from 7 – 11 pm.

Where: EMU Amphitheatre at 13th and University St. followed by a march from the UO campus to the downtown Atrium bldg. 99 w. 10th ave, followed by the SpeakOut.

Who: The ASUO Women’s Center in collaboration with Sexual Assault Support Services.

What: Take Back The Night provides a unique opportunity to address misconceptions about sexual violence, for survivor’s voices to be heard, and for community members to stand by them and announce that each individual has the right to live free from sexual violence. This year’s overarching theme is “Intersectionality,” in recognition of the fact that sexual violence is a complex issue that intersects with others and affects all identities in both similar as well as different ways that are important to acknowledge.Special guest speaker, Jackie Sandmeyer will speak to this and more at the rally. Jackie is a self-identified queer person of color and a training specialist in the Oregon Attorney General Sexual Assault Task Force.

The rally will also feature other speakers and performers, such the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team. Supporting the march will be members of the drumline from the UO Marching Band, Rhythm O. Open sign up for survivors whom wish to speak will be available at the SpeakOut. Free to the public/ Wheelchair accessible / Translation in Spanish and ASL provided during the rally and SpeakOut / Rides to SpeakOut through SafeRide 7 pm and back to campus or homes from SpeakOut until 11 pm. Limited free food available at SpeakOut.

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project

Please join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30pm at the Trauma Healing Project to decorate shirts that will be displayed the last few weeks of April at the University of Oregon, in Willamette Hall, as a part of the Clothesline Project.  Shirts and supplies will be provided!

The Clothesline Project is a display on campus intended to honor survivors or sexual violence, as well as act as a memorial for victims.  It also hopes to offer an opportunity for those who have been directly impacted or who have lost someone to violence an opportunity to aid in the healing process.