Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS)

A program dedicated to providing support and advocacy to survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape for adults and adolescents. Advocates are specially trained to respond to calls, either in person or over the telephone. The primary goal of our advocates is to offer non-judgmental support, and link the survivor to options that may work best.

Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling(541) 779-4357 or 855-216-2111. Advocates are not mandated reporters as mandated by Oregon State Law.

Advocates accompany and support survivors through medical, legal, and other systems. Advocates also work with non-offending family members to help them be supportive by providing information and tools that can be used to empower and support the survivor. SAVS works from an empowerment model. This means that we support survivors in whatever choices are right for them. We support survivors whether they choose to report the sexual assault or not.

In addition to working with survivors, Sexual Assault Victim Services Advocates provide education to the community at large, service providers, and high school and college students. Our goal is to create community awareness, help individuals understand the dynamics of sexual assault, and to dispel prevalent myths surrounding sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.

Our services are free and confidential.

Community Support:

Lets Talk about a safe place:
If you or someone close to you has been affected by sexual assault, Community Works now offers a walk in service featuring a SAFE, COMFORTABLE and COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL PLACE to drop by…talk to an Advocate…browse our resources…or just hang-out. We are here for you.
Tuesday 12-1pm/Thursday 11am-12am
201 West Main Street 3rd Floor, Medford OR

 

Volunteer and Donations:

Our Volunteers and advocates respond to approx. 80 hospital calls a year. At these calls SAVS provides a packet of information (printing), Sweats/t-shirts and socks and underwire along with a small stuffed animal and a blanket provided by a local nurse. Not every survivor needs all the items, but we must be prepared every time we get a call. In addition, advocates give out the packets when working with someone who didn’t go to the hospital but will benefit from the information.

Wish List:

Unmarked bags and/or backpacks for the volunteers to carry items in (we get 15-25 different volunteers throughout the year) we don’t usually give these away
Drawstring pants in basic colors -size med-large
Sweatshirts/t-shirts- size med-large (we use t-shirts and lighter weight pants in the summer)
Women’s underwear – sizes 6 and 8
Socks
Packets – cost approx. $4 each to produce
Stuffed animals (smallish, soft and cuddly, no seasonal)

It costs $20-22 to fill a bag. As you can see this adds up. Donations of supplies and dollars to fill the bags will allow us to continue this important resource to survivors of rape and other sexual assaults.