How to be an Active Bystander
If you notice signs of perpetration
If you notice signs of victimization
Follow these steps:
Believe the child if they have revealed to you sensitive information regarding abuse.
Report the situation to the Office of Children's Services.
If you are able to, maintain a supportive relationship with the child throughout the process.
If you notice an individual being harassed, pressured, or in a compromising situation
Follow these steps:
Address the situation directly. Ask the victim if they are okay, or confront the perpetrator about their actions.
Engage the victim in an unrelated conversation to stop the interaction in an indirect way.
If the situation feels unsafe for you, ask for help from other bystanders or contact authorities.
To learn more about how to be an active bystander click here
Job Opening: Relief Advocate
SAFV is hiring a Relief Advocate to manage a crisis line and shelter during day, swing, or overnight shifts on an on-call basis. This position can be performed in conjunction with another job. If interested in becoming part of the team at SAFV, send a letter of interest, resume and 3 references to email@example.com. Open until filled. SAFV is an EOE.
Sitka has a Sexual Assault Response Team
This means if someone has been sexually assaulted and wants to the option of making a report now or in the future, we have a team of professionals in our own community who are available to respond 24/7 and collect evidence via a medical exam. For more information on what reporting could look like, call and speak to an Advocate at SAFV at (907) 747-3370.
The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee has started up again for the school year! We are currently recruiting applicants from all three of Sitka's high schools. Applicants should be eager to promote equity and diversity across Sitka through healthy relationships education, social media initiatives, and campaigns on power, privilege, and systems of oppression. SYLC meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8pm, as well as once a month on the weekends for three hour workshops. For more information, click HERE.
This campaign aims to increase awareness of dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. SYLC believes a healthy relationship starts with a healthy me.
We are also very happy to announce the release of our new materials as part of this campaign! SYLC has put up posters and stickers in businesses throughout Sitka. The video below can also be seen in movie theaters in Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan
SYLC would also like to extend a huge thank you to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) for supporting our campaign and distributing our materials throughout the state! Every school in Alaska will be receiving our materials. Additionally, students might recognize SYLC's design in ads taken out by CDVSA on Snapchat and YouTube.
To learn more, visit sitkayouthleadership.com