Community Initiatives

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1. Download Speaker Request Form

2. Fill out form.

3. Fax to 415-861-2092

4. Call our office to confirm receipt Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00pm
415-861-2024 ext. 308.


The Community Initiatives Program can provide an information table at your event. We are able to provide a limited number of information tables each year. To request an information table please call our office at least 2-weeks in advance or fill out a Speaker Request Form (see above). If we are not able to table an event we may be able to send informational materials.


Please submit application in one of the following ways:

Click here to download application
to Participate in Peer2Peer Outreach and Project

Click here to download flyer
for the Peer2Peer Outreach and Organizing Project

Click here for more information
about the Peer2Peer Outreach and Organizing Project


In moving toward our vision of creating holistic modes of healing and accountability we launched the Community Initiatives Program in 2006. This new program is a merging of both our Adult and Teen Education department, and will address entire communities through interactive education while integrating rape crisis services, direct health care, community education and organizing, relationship building and accountability models.

We offer training on various topics to youth and adults in schools, social service agencies, and community organizations. Presentation topics include the following (click topics below to read short descriptions and download associated handouts):

• Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention
• Sexual Harassment Prevention
• Healthy Relationships
• Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
• Anti-Oppression
• Internalized Oppression
• Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
• Internet Technology Based Violence Prevention
• Rape Culture
• Bystander Intervention

Click here for list of prevention education materials.



Our Recruitment & Training Program works to build a community of activists willing to struggle, learn and work toward individual and community healing. The training includes education on dynamics of sexual violence in diverse communities, dialogues about challenging oppression, and skill building in crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and outreach. Through ongoing support and training of our volunteer pool of Hotline Counselors, Medical Advocates, In-Person Counselors and Outreach Volunteers and interns, we are able to provide quality peer-based services free of charge.


Community Organizing: The program has identified five specific at-risk communities that frequently have limited access to services. Over the past year the CI Program has conducted a series of focus groups with each of these communities in an effort to assess the impact of gender-based violence within these communities. This past year we assembled a Task Force comprised of community leaders to analyze the information we have collected from these focus groups. Our plan is to create a comprehensive report summarizing all of the data, which can be used to better inform the type of services we provide, assess gaps in service, and help us to create culturally and linguistically competent media materials.

Outreach: This year SFWAR launched a structured outreach plan targeting residents of the Mission District and Tenderloin. The plan provides a detailed strategy for disseminating prevention education materials and resources to the community on a regular basis. In addition to these activities, we frequently provide information tables at community health fairs and events, enlisting the help of certified rape crisis counselor volunteers. Last year we tabled at a total of 20 events across San Francisco County, providing valuable informational resources to the public.

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