PARTNERING TO END CAMPUS VIOLENCE

PARTNERING TO END CAMPUS VIOLENCE:
One SAFE Place, Shasta College, & Redding Police Department Combine Efforts 

(Redding, CA) — In the United States, 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted during her academic career and 21% to 53% of college students have experienced at least one incident of dating violence. Passage of California’s Senate Bill 967–also referred to as the ‘Yes Means Yes’ law–has spurred discussions for a more coordinated effort in prevention education, intervention, enforcement, and multi-agency planning on university campuses state wide.

 

In September 2015, Shasta College was awarded a grant from the Office on Violence against Women (OVW) to address the issues of campus sexual assault and domestic abuse here in Shasta County. In partnership with One SAFE Place and the Redding Police Department, who have a multi-year history of collaboration on these issues, Shasta College has developed the Shasta CARES program, which stands for Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education for Safety.

 

“Shasta College is pleased to have additional resources to partner with our community to address this need. One day, we hope the need will be dramatically lessened, but for now we want to play a role in assisting those who are dealing with violence. This grant allows for us to do so,” said Dr. Joe Wyse, Superintendent and President of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District.

 

The role of One SAFE Place will be to provide an advocate on campus two days a week, offering crisis counseling, emergency shelter, legal services, and referrals that are confidential and customized for the specific needs of the individual. In addition to these services for students and faculty alike, One SAFE Place and its partners–Shasta College and the Redding Police Department–will also assist in training, coordination efforts, and ongoing public awareness.

 

“We have worked in partnership with Shasta College for many years to support the students and faculty in violence prevention and intervention and are pleased to have a staff member helping in this outreach capacity on campus,” said Jean King, Executive Director of One SAFE Place, adding, “This partnership will help student survivors access the support they need and increase awareness for safety community-wide.”

 

The Shasta CARES office is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, located in room 5012A on the main Shasta College campus at 11555 Old Oregon Trail in Redding. To access these services, please stop by the office, call (530) 242-2399, or email ShastaCARES@shastacollege.edu.

 

About One SAFE Place

 

The mission of One SAFE Place is to provide intervention and safety to a community affected by domestic and sexual abuse, working toward our ultimate vision of a Shasta County free of domestic and sexual abuse for all. One SAFE Place offers prevention education, emergency shelter, and co-locates a variety of advocacy services through a multidisciplinary team of partnering professionals, offering help for victims of all forms of family violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. To learn more about One SAFE Place, visit www.OSPshasta.org.

About Shasta College

Shasta College is a two-year California Community College serving approximately 12,500 students per year with nearly 600 staff members. Shasta College has dedicated Campus Safety and Health/Wellness Centers and a strong history of collaboration with local law enforcement, One SAFE Place, and local hospitals in addressing the concerns of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus. For more information about Shasta College, visit www.ShastaCollege.edu.