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Alliance Announcements


SAFE Training Institute Courses and Activities:

March 2019 Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Training – 40 Hour Basic Course

This comprehensive, 40-hour SAFE certification course trains medical professionals to provide competent, compassionate care to sexual assault victims. Upon completion, course participants will be able to use the Certificate of Completion in order to be certified as a SAFE with NYS Department of Health.


April 2019 Skills Lab
Skills Lab intends to help clinicians practice as SAFE examiners in New York State. In order to become a NYS Certified SAFE Examiner, healthcare providers must complete the NYS DOH didactic course as well as a supervised “preceptorship” experience. The Skills Lab course, to be held April 16, 2019, is an excellent way for SAFEs to refresh their skills and knowledge base. Click the link above to register now!


May SAFE Alliance Quarterly Meeting & Training
On May 21, 2019, join the NYC community of Medical Forensic Examiners to stay connected and strengthen your skills to advance in your profession. The NYC SAFE Alliance provides a forum for sexual assault forensic examiners to share information, expand skills, network, and connect. 


June 2019 Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Course
This comprehensive, 40-hour* SAFE certification course trains medical professionals to provide competent, compassionate care to sexual assault victims, while using the most advanced technology associated with DNA and other sexual assault forensic evidence collection and preservation.


The Alliance’s Monthly Podcast: Sex Talk Happy Hour Welcome to Sex Talk Happy Hour, a podcast hosted by the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault. We hope you’ll subscribe and join us as we talk with amazing and brilliant people to talk about sex, sexuality, consent, violence, gender, gender norms, so on and so forth. Subscribe, and follow us on Instagram (@NYCAlliance) and/or on Twitter (@NYCAASA) and let us know what you want to hear about. Use our hashtag, #SexTalkHappyHour. Click the link above to be brought directly to the podcast’s iTunes page.


New episode: Sexy is Sizeless

Body Positivity has been a buzzword for a couple of years now, and it’s starting to gain some speed. But what does it actually mean? Are we truly being body inclusive and celebrating diverse shapes and sizes, or is “Body Positivity” a glittery version of something else? This month we speak to Ashlie Atkinson and Lisa Tinglum! They share their stories and thoughts on body positivity, the Fat Acceptance movement, life as a plus-sized woman, and sex! Listen here now.

This episode was produced and edited by Jeenie Yoon.


Yoga Series Designed Specifically for Survivors of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Join Exhale to Inhale and the Alliance for a one hour long yoga class series. Students will be invited to connect their mind and body through breath and movement. Classes will include breathing exercises, yoga poses and guided relaxation. We are currently still recruiting participants so please contact Ashleigh Andersen at or 212-229-0345 ext. 302 if you are interested in participating! The upcoming group will be held at the Alliance offices.  


Panel Discussion: Male Sexual Abuse In The Black Community  —  O’Brien Dennis Initiative
Join OBDI for a panel discussion on male sexual abuse in the Black community at Metropolitan College of New York on February 21st. The discussion will be an open dialogue with a group of male survivors who will discuss how, as black men, did they survive the trauma.


Seeking Volunteer Advocates  —  New York-Presbyterian Victim Intervention’s Program
The Victim Intervention Program’s advocates assist survivors of sexual assault, family and intimate partner violence in the emergency department of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Advocates must live within 30 minutes of the hospital and make a year-long commitment, and after completing a free 40-hour training course, will be on-call at least 3 shifts per month. Click above to learn more about how to apply.


PRISM: Art Therapy Support Group  —  Anti-Violence Project & The Art Therapy Project

AVP and The Art Therapy Project welcome LGBTQ survivors and survivors living with HIV who have experienced relationship, hate, systemic, family and/or sexual violence to PRISM. Participants will use art to connect with their resilience and uplift their survivorship. PRISM will be held on Tuesdays from February 12 – April 30, 2019, 5pm – 7pm.


Seeking Volunteer Rape Crisis Advocates (Staten Island)  —  Safe Horizon

Volunteers attend a 40-hour comprehensive training at Safe Horizon office in Staten Island. Upon completion, volunteers become advocates who respond to local hospital emergency departments when a rape or sexual assault has occurred.


TRANSFORM: A Group for Accountability and Healing  —  Anti-Violence Project

This is a trauma-informed 15 week group where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community members can examine their own behavior in relation to harm they have caused through sexual violence. This group is for people who have caused harm in and out of relationships, and who want to change their behavior.

Job Opportunities

Supervising Attorney  —  NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault


Staff Attorney  —  NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault


Survivor Advocate  —  Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response (SVR)


Domestic Violence Coordinator  —  Center for Court Innovation


Full-Time Bilingual Family Advocate  —  The New York Center for Children


Full-Time Social Worker/Therapist (bilingual preferred)  —  The New York Center for Children

For Survivors, Advocates and Allies

Group for Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse  —  Mount Sinai SAVI
Group will meet weekly at Mount Sinai Hospital, room location TBD. Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm – 5 pm. All services offered by Mount Sinai’s SAVI Program are free and confidential. 


Spanish-Speaking Women’s Empowerment Group for Women-Identified Survivors of IPV  —  Safe Horizon
This is a twelve-week support group beginning on Thursday, February 21st that offers a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment for women to reflect, connect and learn about the dynamics of abuse and trauma. 


Trauma & Motherhood: A Workshop for Both Experienced and New Mamas  —  Montclair B.A.B.Y
Are you a mama? Have you experienced past trauma? Led by Amy Edelstein LCSW, a trauma expert and experienced therapist, this group will focus on understanding the ways trauma can impact all areas of functioning such as intimate relationships, work, parenting and sense of self.


Sister Circle: For Female Survivors Over Age 18  —  Black Women’s Blueprint Speak your truth. We will listen. Sister Circle is a free healing/counseling group for female survivors over the age of 18.