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1 Northwest Collaboration Against Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities A collaborative project of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

2 Collaborative Beginnings Two organizations, each with a different focus, but complementary goals

3 Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force Private, non-profit statewide organization Mission : effective prevention of and response to sexual violence through collaborative, comprehensive, survivor- centered strategies Programs: SATI, SANE, Prevention, Policy/Legislation Task Force Advisory Committee Members appointed from across state to one of 8 subcommittees: – Campus, Criminal Justice, Legislative and Public Policy, Medical Forensic, Men’s Engagement, Offender Management, Prevention and Education, Victim Response

4 Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Established in 1972, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is a non-profit tribal advisory organization serving the forty-three federally recognized tribes of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Each member tribe appoints a Delegate via tribal resolution, and meets quarterly to direct and oversee all activities of NPAIHB.

5 National Institute of Justice Grant: Purpose of Funding “To increase the number of no-cost educational opportunities for public crime laboratory personnel and practitioners in forensic science disciplines and provide forensic science training to other relevant criminal justice partners and professionals involved in treating victims of sexual assault.” - FY2011 Solicitation, NIJ Forensic Science Training Delivery and Research Program

6 Project Adapt existing SANE and SART curricula to be Tribally specific; Provide SANE training to nurses working with Tribes; and Provide training to Tribal community collaborative groups to address sexual assault. For Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

7 Why this project? Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely than non-Native women to be sexually assaulted. “A Hidden Epidemic” - Sexual assault is notoriously underreported. Only 134 certified SANEs in the three states – one SANE for every 1,816 miles and every 89,552 people. Most of these SANEs (105) are in Oregon.

8 Why this project? SANE programs benefit rape survivors’ psychological well-being and improve overall prosecution rates for sexual assault. Primary strategy shown to be effective in addressing sexual assault is a coordinated, multidisciplinary response (SARTs).

9 3 Goals Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training: 40 hours Advanced Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training SARRC Training

10 Project Goals 10/1/2011 – 9/30/2014 GOAL 1 Train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners from tribal communities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. We will accomplish this by providing three in-person, 40- hour didactic SANE trainings.

11 GOAL 2 SANE Certification: We will hold a total of nine Advanced SANE trainings, using a simulation mannequin to assist with learning proper examination and forensic evidence collection techniques. Ongoing technical assistance to trained SANEs.

12 GOAL 3 Sexual Assault Response & Resource Team Trainings: a total of three two-day trainings. We will discuss and work towards step-by-step development in each team’s community. Ongoing technical assistance via quarterly web-based meetings.

13 Anticipated Outputs Train 50 SANEs and 70 SART members. Advance the knowledge in the field in regards to forming, maintaining, and sustaining SARTs and SANE programs in Indian country by learning from a diverse collection of sovereign nations.

14 Curriculum Review Board A group of tribal representatives with knowledge and expertise of their communities around the area of sexual assault brought together to modify an existing curriculum and brainstorm around the development of a tribal specific sexual assault response.

15 Sexual Assault Response and Resource Circles (SARRC) Training May 2-3, 2012 Three Northwest Tribal SARRC teams, including Tulalip Next SARRC Training: March 2013

16 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training in September nurses from 14 tribes (3 from Tulalip) Next: Advanced Training and Mock Examinations

17 Other Resources for SART/SANE Training/Technical Assistance Red Wind Consulting Training on SART development Currently working on Tribal Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination Protocol International Association of Forensic Nursing IHS SART and SANE Training for all IHS hospitals

18 Thank you! Christine Herrman, JD Executive Director Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force 3625 River Rd. N., Suite 275 Keizer OR (503)


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