‘Hope in the Wind’ Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Project


The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is honored to present our first annual Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Project. The goal of the project is to increase awareness about human trafficking in our community and around the world. This year’s theme is based on the tradition of the Tibetan Prayer flag and we need YOU to help us!

Here is how you can help:

1) Decorate a blank flag and send it back to us. We are inviting you to join us in creating prayer flags. All of the decorated flags will be strung together and displayed in Portland’s City Hall between January 7 – January 30th, 2015.

To participate in flag decoration, please email us your mailing address and the number of flags you want to decorate at SarcHTAM[at]Gmail.com. We will send you a blank muslin flag and a return envelope. We encourage you to be creative and embellish the flag any way you like. There is no cost to request and decorate flags, but please return your decorated flag in the enclosed by December 31st, 2014.

2) Buy a decorated flag on Facebook or in-person at the Closing Reception
As flags are returned to us, we will post them on our Facebook page for sale.
The Facebook event page

3) Make a donation:
Your helpful donations assist in the elimination of sexual exploitation of children.
To make a donation, please use PayPal via our website: sarcoregon.org

Closing Reception: January 30th, from 4-6pm at Portland’s City Hall
We invite you to attend the Closing Reception. Admission to the reception is free but we encourage those attending to purchase flags or donate generously to SARC.

Good Times Raising Awareness at Lola’s Room

SARC benefit concert

Thanks to everyone who came out to the benefit concert, we had a great time! We wanted to offer a good mix of music in the line-up and offer a nice variety to appeal to the audience. Raising awareness was our #1 goal. We had the opportunity to share what and who SARC is and speak about our causes along with a slideshow.

As our first concert, we are proud to have held the event and couldn’t have done so without the help of many folks. It all started with the McMenamins family with their generosity and commitment to the community and so, the search was on for bands. A bonus was Pixxl PDX who set up their photo style booth with fun props where we had SARC specific signs to throw into the mix.

View photos from the show here >>

All musicians were (and are) so sweet and gracious, it warms our hearts.
The crew at McMenamins–they know what they’re doing.

We hope you enjoyed the show! We rely on members of the community like you to help keep SARC available to those in need.

Support the great musicians who came out in support of SARC and thanks all for coming out to the show! We’d love to hear from you. Let us know on any feedback so we can make it even more successful next time. We hope to make it our annual fundraiser event.

Much love and gratitude goes to:

Little Warrior
Pixxl PDX
Christine Ellworth

BENEFIT CONCERT: Raise Your Voice fundraiser event of the year

We are so excited to invite you all to this inaugural benefit concert event. This concert is an attempt at being the largest fundraiser for SARC this year. In prior years, our annual event has been the WAM walk and we were looking to do a different event.

With the generous donation of McMenamins venue Lola’s Room we’ve put together a great lineup of local acts who are all stepping up to help raise our voices for SARC. In addition to four great acts we have some great raffle prizes planned. Stay tuned for updates on further developments.

Here is the show flyer as a PDF which you can please share and distribute at-will. We thank Christine Ellsworth of Broken 1 Design, who created the flyer and is doing some great design work for SARC (more on that later!)

What: fundraiser concert (all ages)
When: October 5, Sunday, Doors 7pm, show 8pm
Where: McMenamins Lola’s Room
Cost: $20 adv/ $25 door  Buy Tickets Online  < Help us sell out the show!!

Here’s a little bit about the bands.


Headlining the show will be Tiburones, named after the spanish word for sharks. They are an up and coming band that was named one of this year’s best new bands by Willamette Week. They’ve been working on their debut album and are working on its release. Not strangers to the Portland music scene, the band leads are in other well known projects like Y La Bamba and Shaky Hands. Vibrant sounds delivered by an intoxicating 6-piece with enchanting harmonies, syncopated percussion, electric guitars, bass, and keys. “TIburones frames the sound of folk with big, heavy rhythms and songs that split the sea.”

SupraphonicsSupraphonics brings a blend of funk, soul, and nu-jazz originals and covers from a group of veteran Portland musicians. All members are deeply rooted in old school grooves like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Al Green but offer original music with a modern twist. A lot of soul, funk, afro-beat fusion for your listening pleasure! Check them out here.


RllrbllRLLRBLL has been an established band since 1994. Having since released over 10 full length albums and many more EP’s and singles, many often wonder ‘which Rllrbll’ will play tonight?
They will bring their dueling male-female vocal harmonies and strong bass and piano driven rifts. Listen here.



Little-WarriorAlexa Raquel Casciato, of Little Warrior says  that the term “Little Warrior” references someone who appears small in day-to-day life, but is really fighting a battle towards good. Well we love that! She is a Little Warrior with a big voice and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the cause. All songs are composed, programmed and produced, mixed and mastered by the warrior herself, Alexa.
Listen to her recently released album.

A HUGE THANK YOU to McMenamins and all the great musicians stepping up. Show your support of community businesses like McMenamins and these great local bands!

Their tunes can be purchased online and at the show.

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April kicks of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SAAM. This is a great month to raise awareness, learn more and get involved in local efforts to address sexual assault. 

Learn more about the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Campaign for SAAM.

Want to spread the word via social media? Join the instagram campaign #30Daysof SAAM. You can tag SARCoregon in your Facebook posts too!!

Stay tuned to the website for more ways to get involved! Thank you for being the voice that speaks out against sexual violence.



Pizza with a Purpose: Support SARC

We have a new date! Come support SARC while enjoying a meal at California Pizza Kitchen on March 23rd, 2014! They will donate 20% of your check to SARC when you bring in a flyer. Come any time of the day and help us support SARC’s programs.

Location information:

California Pizza Kitchen Bridgeport Village

7315 SW Bridgeport Rd.

Tigard, OR 97224


Click for a flyer to share at work or email: Pizza with a Purpose


GIVE: Willamette Week Give!Guide


In Willamette Week Give!Guide 2013



1 Veggie Grill entrée card

(Valued at $15)

veggie grill logo

Donate $10 to SARC through the Give!Guide

then Willamette Week Give!Guide will give you

FREE passes for the following items:

1 Taco from ¿Por Qué No?

1 Croissant from Ken’s Artisan Bakery

1 Salt & Straw 4 oz. Scoop

1 Stumptown Cup of French Press

Give!Guide is all about learning how to be an active citizen in Portland by giving back financially.
Help us continue to do our work in this community.

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiveGuide


Thank you for supporting SARC through Give!Guide


Gift Drive for Survivors of Child Sex Trafficking

hopeSARC’s program for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) invites you to participate in our annual holiday gift drive!! Approximately 100 CSEC survivors currently participating in our programs will receive a gift this holiday season…. with YOUR help! 



It is a simple process:

STEP 1) Visit our Target Registry:


STEP 2) Purchasing the  item(s) you’d like to give
STEP 3)  Select the option to have them mailed to

SARC CSEC Program c/o Imago Dai – 1302 NE Ankeny St. Portland, OR 97214

That’s it!!

Our volunteers and staff will do the rest, wrapping and personally delivering the gifts to approximately 100 CSEC survivors currently participating in our programs.

A general gift set will include:

-Comfy slippers
-Super soft blanket
-Makeup set
-Bath & body lotion kit
-Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not 
for Sale, a memoir by Rachel Lloyd

If you want your gifts to be included in the holiday packages the youth will receive, please send the package no later than December 20th. If you miss the deadline, don’t worry! It’s never too late to give and we appreciate the support we receive throughout the year.

Thank you in advance for supporting the incredible youth we have the privilege of working with. Without the love of our family, friends and community we would not be able to do the work that we do!

SARC’s CSEC program

We provide the following services to youth 12-17 years old in Multnomah & Washington Counties:

-24-hour crisis response & advocacy
-Community-based case management
-Accompaniment to law enforcement interviews, medical
exams, and other systems related processes
-Provision of hygiene & medical supplies

new! Resilient Young Adult Survivor Empowerment (RYSE) 

This program provides the following services to young adults 18-23 currently involved in the SARC program:

-Individual case management & advocacy through our
new Drop-In Center
-Law enforcement & court accompaniment
-Skills-based workshops and resource referrals
-Provision of hygiene & medical supplies
-Empowerment & leadership opportunities

Both programs bring a whole lot of love, compassion, & empowerment using a strengths-based model of support to the amazing youth we work with.


For more information on sex trafficking in the U.S. check out these websites:

End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT USA)

Polaris Project 

GEMS (Girls Education & Mentoring Services)