Mission & History
Our mission is the effective prevention of and response to sexual violence through collaborative, comprehensive, survivor-centered strategies.
The Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF) was formed in 1999 by Attorney General Hardy Myers at the request of a group of advocates and multidisciplinary responders in order to organize statewide efforts to address adolescent and adult sexual assault in Oregon. The SATF incorporated into a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-government organization in 2003.
What We Do
In organizing and maintaining a membership body, the Sexual Assault Task Force seeks to facilitate cross-discipline collaboration and cultivate victim-centered approaches to sexual assault primary prevention, victim advocacy, medical forensic care, criminal prosecution and sex offender management and treatment. The Task Force Advisory Committee (Task Force) brings together over 100 members from across Oregon, all of whom are working in their various capacities to end sexual violence. As a condition of membership, Task Force members select a standing subcommittee to join and participate in, based upon their area of focus and expertise around the issue of sexual violence. The Task Force Advisory Committee and its standing subcommittees meet in-person quarterly and often hold additional interim meetings. Learn more about TFAC and apply for membership.
The Sexual Assault Training Institute (SATI) provides regular, high-quality and professional discipline-specific and multidisciplinary training to victim advocates, law enforcement officials, sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), prosecutors, and sexual assault response teams, among others, which are intended to increase knowledge, skills and victim sensitivity.
The Prevention Program works to eliminate the roots causes of sexual violence in order to stop sexual violence before it occurs. SATF develops information, resources and training related to sexual violence prevention, provides technical assistance and support to local sexual violence prevention efforts, oversees the provision of Rape Prevention and Education funding to local community organizations, coordinates state-wide prevention initiatives and activities (such as Oregon Men Against Violence) and implements the Recommendations to Prevention Sexual Violence in Oregon: A Plan of Action, the state’s strategic sexual assault prevention plan.
The SANE Program provides technical assistance and support to SANEs, clinics and hospitals across the state of Oregon. SANEs are registered nurses with specialized training and clinical experience in providing forensic examinations of sexual assault victims. SANEs are part of a larger coordinated response to sexual assault and therefore often work closely with law enforcement officers, forensic lab staff, child protective services, prosecutors, and sexual assault advocates and crisis programs.