Oregon Department of Justice

National Crime Victims' Rights Week Event - April 21, 2015

This year’s event held at the Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center in Portland, Oregon was attended by over 100 people and feedback was very positive.

The Oregon Attorney Generals Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF) was presented with an award by the Attorney General for two recent and specific achievements. First, the SATF set out to create an online space where students who are survivors of sexual abuse could go to learn about their reporting options. They wanted that space to be safe, inclusive and supportive. Through long hours and hard work they were successful in creating the Campus Reporting Options website. Second, the SATF was an essential partner in the coalition that developed and advocated for HB3476, which stablishes privilege in civil, criminal, administrative and school proceedings for certain communications between persons seeking services related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and victim services programs and advocates. It was noted that without the foundational work of Michele Roland-Schwartz, ED and Jackie Sandmeyer, Training Specialist and the Campus Sub-Committee, this bill would not have the broad campus support that helped propel it through the House with a unanimous vote. The award read as follows “In recognition of your work to improve campus sexual assault reporting and your efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims across Oregon”

Michele Roland-Schwartz, Executive Director and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Attendees heard from an esteemed panel of experts who are committed to honoring the rights of crime victims and who meet the challenges of doing so every day. The focus of the seminar was Sexual Assault Victim Rights Across Campus, Civil and Criminal Justice Systems. The panel members were from diverse disciplines, but spoke collectively on this important topic nicely demonstrating that all of us who work with and for victims of crime can achieve more when we work together.

Facilitator: Shalini Vivek, Staff Attorney PSU Student Legal Services, Panel Members: Julie Caron, PSU Title IX Coordinator, Phil Zerzan, Chief of PSU Campus Public Safety, Letitia Wilson, Executive Director of Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, Rod Underhill, Multnomah County District Attorney, Stacy Hankin, Attorney at Victim Rights Law Center

An informative “Crime Victims’ Rights Overview” poster was provided at the event.

This project was supported by a National Crime Victims' Right Week Community Awareness Project sub-grant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.