PCC: SAFE Description and Mission

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PCC: SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment) is a grant funded program by Oregon's Sexual Assault Task Force with funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. PCC: SAFE is the only program of its kind at a Community College in the US. The goal is to promote a Sexual Assault Free Environment throughout the Portland Community College district through the implementation of primary prevention strategies.

We design and implement a comprehensive educational outreach program that benefits students, staff and faculty at every level of the social ecological model. Guided by social justice principles PCC: SAFE will be focused on promoting skill development for bystander interventions; augmenting opportunities for men to engage in creating and supporting a safe campus environment; and increasing understanding of socially accepted beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate a rape culture in and around PCC.

Like other leadership programs at PCC, ours is a retention program not only for the students who directly participate as SAFE Educators but also for all potential victims of sexual violence who attend and/or work at and/or live around PCC. Our ultimate goal is to engage the community in the promotion of an environment where sexual violence is not a deterrent to pursue education and professional goals. For more information about how to get involved with PCC: SAFE contact Rut Martinez-Alicea at rut.martinezalicea@pcc.edu.