Call 503-235-5333 or tollfree 1-800-235-5333 24 HOUR RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Advocacy Program

At the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, we believe that everyone deserves a life free from domestic and sexual violence. We provide core crisis intervention and support resources to support this belief. Those services include:

24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Line – providing 24/7 access to highly trained advocates who provide confidential peer support, information, and referrals using a database of hundreds of area domestic and sexual violence community resources and basic needs resources.

In-Person Sexual Assault Response – providing 24/7 confidential and anonymous access to in-person Sexual Assault advocacy, ongoing advocacy, free community support groups throughout the year, and access to client assistance funds.

Specialized Advocacy - providing direct advocacy, outreach and case management to those in special populations including survivors experiencing houselessness, those involved in the sex industry, and survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Outreach and Education – providing three extensive 40-hour volunteer Basic Advocacy Trainings to the community, outreach to area schools, businesses and community centers, and violence prevention education.

Support Groups – PWCL offers free and confidential support groups throughout the year.  Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday.

We continually screen for our support groups. These groups include:
SASSE Support Group (Sexual Assault Survivors Support & Empowerment)
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Support Groups (Phase I and Phase II)

PWCL also partners with SAFES, SMYRC and Outside In to provide on-site support groups.

To find out more information about groups or to sign up call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333

To get in touch with an advocate, call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 503-235-5333 or visit us at http://www.pwcl.org.

Find Resources in the Portland Metro Area
Check Available Domestic Violence Shelter Space
Safety Planning
Crisis Line Services
Sexual Assault Response
Become a PWCL Volunteer Advocate

 

Advocacy Program

At the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, we believe that everyone deserves a life free from domestic and sexual violence. We provide core crisis intervention and support resources to support this belief. Those services include:

24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Line – providing 24/7 access to highly trained advocates who provide confidential peer support, information, and referrals using a database of hundreds of area domestic and sexual violence community resources and basic needs resources.

In-Person Sexual Assault Response – providing 24/7 confidential and anonymous access to in-person Sexual Assault advocacy, ongoing advocacy, free community support groups throughout the year, and access to client assistance funds.

Specialized Advocacy - providing direct advocacy, outreach and case management to those in special populations including survivors experiencing houselessness, those involved in the sex industry, and survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Outreach and Education – providing three extensive 40-hour volunteer Basic Advocacy Trainings to the community, outreach to area schools, businesses and community centers, and violence prevention education.

Support Groups – PWCL offers free and confidential support groups throughout the year.  Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday.

We continually screen for our support groups. These groups include:
SASSE Support Group (Sexual Assault Survivors Support & Empowerment)
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Support Groups (Phase I and Phase II)

PWCL also partners with SAFES, SMYRC and Outside In to provide on-site support groups.

To find out more information about groups or to sign up call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333

To get in touch with an advocate, call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 503-235-5333 or visit us at http://www.pwcl.org.

Find Resources in the Portland Metro Area
Check Available Domestic Violence Shelter Space
Safety Planning
Crisis Line Services
Sexual Assault Response
Become a PWCL Volunteer Advocate

 

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Sex Worker Outreach Project

PWCL’s Sex Industry Outreach and Advocacy Services

Are you involved in the sex industry?
You can contact the Sex Industry Outreach Advocate, Ellen, by email or phone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Ellen can offer confidential, non-judgmental support and resources.

Project goals:
1. Provide direct services
    a. support
    b. advocacy
    c. resource referral

2. Provide street outreach to women and men working in the commercial sex industry.

3. Educate the community on the basic human rights and needs of those involved in the licit or illicit sex trade.

4. Support sex workers to be safe and healthy and to increase options available to sex workers thereby making people more informed and able to make personal and professional choices.

5. Conduct outreach in a variety of sex worker venues.

6. Work with community partners through Sex Worker Outreach Coalition (SWOC) to address the needs of sex workers.

7. Ensure that sex workers’ voices are heard.

Agency Philosophy:
PWCL’s approach to Sex Industry Outreach and Advocacy is based on a philosophy of harm reduction. We want to reduce and prevent risks associated with the sex industry while honoring sex workers’ autonomy and dignity. 
We believe it is essential for resources to be available to people involved in the sex industry without having to change or be judged by their choices.
We always advocate a non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who work in the sex trade and the communities in which they live.

Terminology:
We use terms like Sex Trade, Commercial Sex Industry, Prostitution and Survival Sex to mean exchanging sex for need or money. This occurs in many situations, including prostitution, pornography, stripping, escort services, lingerie modeling, massage parlors and any other venue in which sex is exchanged or traded for money or survival needs.

Core Values:
1. We recognize each individual’s experiences in the sex industry are different and that there are a myriad of factors that may lead a person into the sex industry.

2. It is each individual’s right to interpret their own experiences and the goals, aspirations and outcome of their experiences in working with our program.

3. We respect the individual’s choice of how to narrate and describe their experiences, beliefs and politics.

4. We do not attempt to reframe a person’s belief structure, verbiage or political views to meet a social change goal.

5. We believe in each individual’s right to be treated with respect and dignity.

6. We believe that individuals who are involved in the sex industry are the experts and best understand any issues surrounding sex work, the sex industry and their choices in life.

7. We affirm that sex workers themselves are the primary agents of reducing the potential dangers of their trade and seek to empower them to share information and support each other in harm reduction strategies most relevant to their current situations.

The Portland Women’s Crisis Line coordinates the Sex Worker Outreach Coaltion
http://pdxswoc.net/, whose mission is to “promote the basic human rights and personal safety for all individuals working in the sex industry”.

If you would like to help out with the outreach project we are currently in need of the following items: 
*unused hygiene items and make-up. Travel/sample size as well as full/family size
*Women’s unused undergarments and socks
*Tri met bus tickets (all zone) packs of 10 at $20.50 a pack
*gas gift cards-increments of $5 or $10 dollars
*purses and backpacks (new or used)
*Fred Meyer gift cards in increments of $5 or $10 dollars

Proyecto de Alcance para Trabajadores Sexuales

Alcance de la Industria Sexual y Servicios de Abogacía de PWCL

Metas del proyecto:
Nuestra meta es proporcionar servicios directos (de apoyo, abogacía y derivación a recursos) y alcanzar en la calle a mujeres y hombres que trabajan en la industria del sexo comercial y para educarnos a nosotros mismos y a nuestra comunidad sobre las necesidades y los derechos humanos básicos de aquellos que participan en el comercio lícito o ilícito del sexo. Nuestros servicios procuran apoyar a los trabajadores sexuales para que sean seguros y saludables y para aumentar las opciones disponibles a los trabajadores sexuales, para que la gente pueda tomar decisiones personales y profesionales informadas. Llevamos a cabo el alcance en varios locales de trabajadores sexuales incluyendo las calles, clubes de striptease, cines para adultos, salones de masajes y librerías y videos para adultos. Colaboramos con múltiples socios comunitarios por medio de SWOC (Coalición de Alcance a Trabajadores Sexuales, por sus siglas en inglés) así como con trabajadores sexuales actuales o ex trabajadores sexuales, para evaluar mejor las necesidades de esta población diversa y para hacer más eficientes los servicios para que sean más fáciles de acceder. Siempre que es posible intentamos asegurar que aquellos que trabajan en la industria tienen una voz real en la creación de nuestros programas que son diseñados para servirles.

Filosofía de la Agencia:
El enfoque de PWCL para el Alcance y Abogacía de la Industria Sexual está basado en una filosofía de reducción de daños. Entendemos que la industria sexual comercial es un fenómeno complejo y multifacético que abarca una continuación de comportamientos y efectos. Como tal, creemos que es esencial que se encuentren disponibles recursos para las mujeres que participan en la industria sexual sin tener que cambiar ni ser juzgadas por sus decisiones. No intentamos minimizar ni ignorar el daño y peligro reales y trágicos relacionados con ciertos aspectos del comercio sexual. Reconocemos que las realidades de la pobreza, clase, racismo, aislamiento social, trauma pasado y la desigualdad de los sexos pueden afectar tanto la vulnerabilidad como la capacidad de las mujeres para tratar eficientemente con los daños potenciales del comercio sexual. Estamos comprometidos a hacer lo que podamos para ayudar a que las mujeres dejen la industria si esa es su meta. Siempre abogamos por prestar servicios y recursos sin criticar y sin ejercer presión a mujeres que trabajan en el comercio sexual y a las comunidades en las que viven para poder ayudarlas a reducir el daño relacionado.

Valores Centrales:
Usamos términos como Comercio Sexual, Industria del Sexo Comercial, Prostitución y Sexo de Supervivencia para referirnos al intercambio de sexo por necesidad o dinero. Esto ocurre en muchas situaciones, incluyendo la prostitución, pornografía, striptease, servicios de acompañantes, modelar lencería, salones de masaje y cualquier otro lugar en el que se intercambia o comercia sexo por dinero o necesidades de supervivencia. Reconocemos que las experiencias de cada persona en la industria del sexo son diferentes y que existen una gran variedad de factores que pueden conllevar a una persona a la industria del sexo. Es el derecho de cada persona interpretar sus propias experiencias y las metas, aspiraciones y resultado de sus experiencias al trabajar con nuestro programa. Respetamos la decisión de la persona sobre cómo narrar y describir sus experiencias, creencias y políticas. No intentamos redefinir la estructura de creencias, el vocabulario ni las opiniones políticas para cumplir con una meta de cambio social. Creemos en el derecho de cada persona a ser tratada con respeto y dignidad. Creemos que las personas que participan en la industria del sexo son los expertos y quienes entienden mejor cualquier asunto relacionado al trabajo sexual, a la industria del sexo y sus decisiones en la vida. Afirmamos que los trabajadores sexuales son los agentes principales para reducir los peligros potenciales de su profesión y procuramos facultarlos para compartir información y apoyo entre sí en estrategias de reducción de peligros que son más importantes para sus circunstancias actuales.

La Línea de Crisis para Mujeres de Portland coordina la Coalición de Alcance para Trabajadores Sexuales
http://pdxswoc.net/, cuya misión es “fomentar los derechos humanos básicos y la seguridad personal para todas las personas en la industria del sexo”.
Si le gustaría ayudar con el proyecto de alcance, en el presente necesitamos los artículos siguientes: 
*artículos de higiene y maquillaje sin usar. Tamaño de muestra o viaje, así como tamaño normal o familiar
*Ropa interior y calcetines para mujeres sin usar
*Paquetes de 10 boletos de autobús de Tri Met (todas las zonas), $20.50 por paquete
*Tarjetas de obsequio para gasolina en incrementos de $5 ó $10 dólares
*Bolsos y mochilas (nuevos o usados)
*Tarjetas de obsequio de Fred Meyer en incrementos de $5 ó $10 dólares