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Sexual assault support advocate now offers services at CCC
OREGON CITY - After a year of planning, Clackamas Community College opened its doors to a new sexual assault advocate at its Oregon City campus thanks to a partnership with Clackamas Women’s Services. Funded through a three-year Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victim Services Division grant, CCC is the first community college in the state of Oregon to offer on-site confidential sexual assault advocacy services for students via an agreement with a community partner.
“It’s so exciting that CCC and CWS are able to offer this amazing collaboration of support for college students,” said Mary Vest, sexual assault advocate for Clackamas Women’s Services. “Even if students don’t feel that there is an ongoing safety issue or barrier to succeeding in their education, it’s important that there is a confidential space on campus where they’ll be supported and welcomed.”
Vest has worked in the anti-sexual and domestic violence field for the last five years, including with Clackamas Women’s Services as an advocate stationed at A Safe Place Family Justice Center and as a violence prevention educator.
According to an Association on American Universities 2015 report on sexual assault and sexual misconduct, 23.1 percent of female, 21 percent of transgender, genderqueer or nonconforming, and 5.4 percent of male of undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation during their college years, with most of the violence happening in their first or second trimester.
Located on the second floor of Barlow Hall, Room 202, students may stop in or schedule an appointment to speak with the advocate. Student who have experienced past or recent sexual violence, those of any gender or immigration status, those with language barriers and those who don’t want a police report, are all welcome.
Vest can help survivors navigate the Title IX process, report a crime, go through the criminal justice process and get resource referrals, or simply to support survivors balance school work and financial aid in the context of a traumatic experience. All services are free, confidential and individualized.
Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Starting Sept. 25, hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.