Learn how the government and other resources respond to and prevent sex offenses in the community
Lately in the news, there have been reports of sex offenses in a number of neighborhoods in North and Northeast: a serial flasher, public groping, and assaults. These incidents are unrelated to each other, and it's mere coincidence that they have happened in the same general area, but they are an unpleasant reminder that these things happen. After these sorts of news reports, the Crime Prevention Program often receives inquiries about what individuals and groups can do to increase safety for themselves and the community. The inquiries range from "How do I talk to my child about this without frightening her/him?" to "What are the police doing about this?" to "What are the restrictions on sex offenders?" to "Is there anything we can do to prevent these sorts of incidents?"
Please join us for a safety fair focused on the issue of sexual offenses and sexual offenders in the community. We are gathering together a group of experts on many topics related to sex offenses and sex offenders so that you may talk about these issues with them. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is required.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Grant Park Church, 2728 NE 34th Avenue
Bus line: 70. Free parking in the lot to the west of the church, and on the street.
Drop by anytime between 6:00 and 9:00pm. The topic matter experts will be stationed at tables around the event space, allowing you to select the topics you'd like to learn more about. Walk up to any table, pick up handouts, and have a discussion. At 7:00pm, in a room adjacent to the tabling, Crime Prevention staff will teach an informational session on Community Foot Patrol for anyone who is interested.
Please do not bring children to this event. There is a high likelihood they would hear conversations that are meant only for an adult understanding.
Topic matter experts who will be tabling include:
- Portland Crime Prevention Coordinators-- Neighborhood Watch, Community Foot Patrol, and general community organizing for a safer, stronger community
- Portland Police Detectives and Sex Offender Registration Detail-- how reports of sexual assaults against adults are investigated; the registration of sex offenders
- Portland Police Family Services Division-- how reports of sexual assaults against children are investigated
- Portland Police Patrol Officers-- how patterns of incidents are detected and addressed
- Multnomah County Probation and Parole Officers-- supervision of sex offenders
- WomenStrength/GirlStrength-- self defense and personal safety training options
- Portland Women's Crisis Line-- 24 hour crisis line and support groups for survivors
- Sex offender treatment provider Innovative Counseling Enterprises-- how sex offenders think, and how they are treated to minimize chances of further offending
- Multnomah County District Attorney's Office Rape Victim Advocates-- supporting sexual assault survivors through the criminal justice process; resources available for survivors
- CARES NW-- how to talk to your children about these issues in an age-appropriate way
- Victim Rights Law Center-- free legal services for survivors of sexual violence
Many thanks to Pastor Gregg Sneller and the Grant Park Church for their generosity with their space, and to the Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire, and Grant Park Neighborhood Associations for their activism on this issue.
For questions about this event, please call 503-823-2030.