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Cal OES Seeks Requests For Proposal for $3.8M For Campus Sexual Assault Victim Services

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is soliciting proposals for the Campus Sexual Assault (CT) Program. 

The purpose of the CT Program is to create a comprehensive coordinated community response that is victim-centered, enhances victim safety (regardless if they report the crime to law enforcement or other investigatory bodies), provides confidential services to sexual assault victims, holds offenders accountable, and includes outreach activities.  

The number of sexual assaults reported, pursuant to The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy of Campus Crime Statistics Act, often differ dramatically from national research on the prevalence of sexual assault on campuses. The 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study funded by the National Institute on Justice reported one in five women will experience a rape or attempted rape during college and that only 12% of victims will report the crime to law enforcement. There are a variety of reasons sexual assault victims choose not to report the crime to law enforcement or other campus staff ranging from self-blame to mistrust of the criminal justice system and/or campus adjudication system. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has a Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program). The CT Program is modeled after the Campus Program, but tailored to the specific needs of California.

To be eligible to receive funding, applicants must:

  • Not already funded through the CT Program for fiscal year 2018-19.
  • Be an institution of higher education as defined under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998.
  • Not currently be receiving federal funds through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program).
  • Have not received federal funding through the OVW Campus Program in the last three years.
  • Submit a Certification Letter, signed by the highest authorizing official (President, Chancellor, or Provost), that certifies he/she has knowledge of the CT Program requirements and that the institution is committed to creating a comprehensive community response to incidents of sexual assault/misconduct and to full implementation of each programmatic component including:
  • Confidential victim services provided by a Rape Crisis Center Sexual Assault Counselor as defined in California Evidence Code §1035.2
  • Commitment of a 0.5 FTE campus police officer to act in both an investigatory and coordinating capacity (does not have to be a direct employee of the campus, an example would be contracting with a local law enforcement agency)
  • Training for campus personnel • Collaboration with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Receive a minimum of 50% of available points on the Rating Sheet
  • Be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) and have an expiration date that is at least eight weeks after the Application due date. Check SAM status.
  • Applicants that are community-based organizations must be registered with the California Department of Justice’s Registry of Charitable Trusts with a “current” or “pending” status. Check nonprofit status.

Questions concerning this RFP, the proposal process, or programmatic issues must be submitted in writing by email to:

Summer Wright, Program Specialist

Summer.Wright@caloes.ca.gov

One original and three copies of the proposal must be delivered to Cal OES by the date and time stated. Submission options are: postmarked or handdelivered, to the address provided, by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 25, 2019.

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Victim Services Branch

3650 Schriever Avenue Mather, CA 95655

Attn: Campus Sexual Assault (CT) Program Sexual Assault Unit

 

More information, including applications, on the program can be found on the Cal OES website.  

 

Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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