EMERJ-SafeNow’s approach to promoting healthy relationships and communication draws upon the most up-to-date research and theories in the field of violence prevention, read more. Safe Now offers year-round sessions for students, educators and parents. Read more.
Our collaborative approach for schools and organizations incorporates Oregon Common Core Standards and laws for sexual violence prevention, healthy sexuality promotion and child abuse prevention educaiton. To meet these standards we draw on a variety of curriculi, research, experience and knowledge.
The Healthy Teen Relationship Act (House Bill 4704), mandates that each school district adopt a policy addressing teen dating violence.
Erin’s Law: Child Sex Abuse Prevention (Senate Bill 856), requires school districts to adopt developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive child sexual abuse prevention programming for students K-12.
Human Sexuality Education (OAR Rule 581-022-1440) requires schools to teach comprehensive, age appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education. This law also mandates child abuse prevention and healthy relationships instruction. EMERJ-SafeNow uses the OWL, Our Whole Lives Matter, curriculum. Read more (link to Partnerships)
How We Work
Prior to any session, EMERJ-SafeNow representatives meet with school or organization representatives to discuss the needs of the population, collect data and provide relevant research. Next, we create a listening or sharing session with students, caregivers, teachers, local businesses, neighbors and school staff to identify safety concerns, resources, risk and protective factors of the population and community. During this process, we identify student and community leaders to assist with the development and facilitation of EMERJ-SafeNow session/s.
As collaborators we take a multifaceted and cross disciplinary approach to addressing violence and personal safety, which is why we belive it is important to include as many members of the community as possible in the process and sessions.
EMERJ-SafeNow aims to address social norms, behaviors, values, opinions, and organizational policies and procedures to promote healthy choices and increase personal safety. Strategic sessions are prioritized according to the needs of the community, incorporating information shared during meetings and listening sessions, research, and knowledge and skills of EMERJ-SafeNow facilitators. Throughout the process, we evaluate outcomes to determine effectiveness and results.
EMERJ-SafeNow offers sessions for schools and organizations that can include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
Self-Care and wellness
Mindfulness and healing after trauma
Safety planning and the importance of safe adults
Supportive allies and upstanding bystanders
Community support systems
Resources (locally, statewide and nationally)
Healthy sexuality, identity and body image
Identifying healthy relationships and communication
Identifying bullying behaviors and warning signs of suicide
Setting personal limits and boundaries
Interpreting social norms through the media
Identifyiing abusive behaviors (child sexual abuse & dating and domestic violence)
Affirmative consent (verbally and nonverbally)
Equity and privilege
Assertive communication techniques
Education on Sexual Assault (harassment, stalking, rape)
Healing, resources, confidentiality and options for reporting
Awareness and Street Smarts
Intuition & awareness strengthening
Being safe in the environment
Harassment and bullying behaviors
Human trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation
Internet safety (cyberbullying, sexting and sextortion)
We offer a variety verbal and physical skills:
De-escalation & conflict resolution
Negotiation & use of false compliance
Yelling and breaking silence
Being assertive vs being aggressive or passive
Self-talk and internal thoughts
Strikes & kicks
Protection in closed spaces
Protect with objects
EMERJ-SafeNow is located in Portland, Oregon.
Please click Contact Us! to contact us via our convenient online contact form.
You may also reach EMERJ-SafeNow via phone by calling us at (503) 498-8452.
Please click Read our Blog! for the latest EMERJ-SafeNow updates, events and photos.