During this time of transition and upheaval, we wanted to take a moment to share how Project SAFE is still a resource for you. Whether you are remaining on campus or not, we are here for you.
The Covid-19 crisis can be particularly impactful for those who have a history of other related or unrelated traumatic experiences, because of the way it has disrupted our personal sense of safety, routine, and made familiar methods of coping and accessing support systems difficult or impossible. In conjunction with the Emmons Wellness Center, Project SAFE has developed this resource guide to assist those coping with trauma amidst Covid-19.
Take Back the Week (Virtual Edition)
In lieu of an in-person week of programming and events for our annual Take Back the Week (TBTW), we at Project S.A.F.E. have collaborated to create a newsletter filled with Covid-19 related resources and content to honor the tradition. Check out our virtual TBTW newsletter to learn more about the history of the event, Love (and Sex) in the Time of Corona, Anti-Asian discrimination, Survivor Support and much more!
Information about individual advocacy support and prevention education resources can be found below. Project SAFE staff is currently working remotely and can set up resources and support through email, over the phone, or by video call. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need anything at all.
The survivor advocate is available to provide confidential support and resources to all students impacted by sexual, intimate partner, and family violence. This includes helping students identify local agencies and resources in your home state or country, accessing online resources, or navigating college processes and options.
For example, the advocate can help student survivors request academic flexibility measures, provide emotional support during uncertain times, and create safety plans for unsafe environments.
For students who are staying on campus or in the Los Angeles area, in-person accompaniments for medical forensic exams and court/legal appointments will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
For all-hours confidential support and immediate local advocacy connection, contact the 24/7 Oxy helpline at (323) 341-4141. The helpline will connect you to the Peace Over Violence-run LA Rape and Battering Hotline. You can also reach them directly at (213) 626-3393.
The Project SAFE Program Coordinator and student Programming Assistants are all working remotely. Trainings for student groups have been suspended for the rest of the semester, as has all in-person programming, including Take Back the Week activities in April. Project SAFE staff are working to develop alternative programming for Oxy students, so stay tuned for more information.
Our social media accounts will be showcasing educational and support-based information and resources for the rest of the semester, and we can provide online workshops and facilitated conversations if there is interest.
You can reach Tirzah Blanche, the Program Coordinator, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can reach the Project SAFE Programming Assistants at projectSAFE@oxy.edu.
Staff, Faculty, and Admin Support
Staff and faculty who are interested in consulting with our office or identifying ways to support students remotely may reach out to either myself or Tirzah.
We want to acknowledge that these are uncertain and surreal times, and that social distancing, the need to return home, and a change in routine without a concrete end date can all exacerbate acute violence or the mental health impact of past trauma. Please know that you are not alone, we are here for you, and we want to help.