Oregon Department of Justice

Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

SASP Overview

The SASP Formula Grant Program was created by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to helping survivors heal from sexual assault trauma by funding organizations that provide services to survivors of sexual assault. SASP directs grant dollars to support rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organizations that provide core services, direct intervention, and related assistance for adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of such victims; and those collaterally affected by the victimization. Some of these services include:

  • 24-hour sexual assault hotlines

  • Crisis intervention services

  • Medical care, criminal justice and social support accompaniment and advocacy

  • Information and referral

  • Short-term individual and group support counseling

  • Culturally specific services including outreach activities for underserved communities

2016-2017 SASP Competitive Grant Awards were allocated through a competitive application process to fund five projects serving nine counties across the state. The following priorities were developed by the CVSD SASP Subcommittee and determined the projects that received funding:

  • Enhance and strengthen meaningful access to population specific and culturally proficient services to adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault who are members an underserved population, including services to family and household members of such victims and those collaterally affected by the victimization.

  • Direct funding to address one or more of the gaps identified in the Assessment of Services to Survivors of Sexual Assault Survey and the 2015 Sexual Assault Underserved Populations Survey: Advocacy Services, Counseling and Support Group Services, Emergency Financial Support Services, Medical and Legal Accompaniment, System Collaboration and Outreach, and other locally documented services gaps.

  • Direct funding to organizations that can demonstrate a track record of providing population specific services.

  • Enhance equitable distribution of grants and grant funds in rural areas.

  • Prioritize distribution of grants and grant funds to organizations that fully meet the criteria for population specific organizations.

All SASP must meet the 40-hour DOJ/DHS Training Requirement and designate a Lead Sexual Assault Advocate to support victim access to sexual assault services while ensuring that culturally specific services are made available to marginalized or underserved communities.

The SASP Subcommittee has also set a requirement that each funded project and any staff partially or fully funded by SASP must receive an additional 24 hours of advanced sexual assault training. Training on population- and culturally-specific services and practices may substitute for a portion of the required training hours.

For more information please contact:

Jeanette Ewald, Fund Coordinator
1162 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096