Original Safety Compass efforts began in 2014, under the name County Line Safety Compass. The name honored the fact that the services were local to the Silverton and Mt. Angel area near the Marion and Clackamas County Line. Initially these efforts were purely grassroots and Founder Esther Nelson resisted formalizing into a non-profit because she wanted to be sure that the numbers would sustain an on-going effort and that the role would not be a duplication of an existing service in Marion County.
County Line Safety Compass came into existence in response to two high profile, local, domestic violence related homicides that took place around the time of the effort's inception. In the first 18 months, Safety Compass has made 156 contacts with 58 domestic and sexual violence survivors, provided community education to 183 community members, trained 30 emergency room staff and administration at Silverton Hospital, and spoke about our services with all sworn personnel within the Silverton Police Department. We are nationally recognized for our efforts to advocate for sex-trafficking survivors, having provided almost 200 hours of consultation assistance to other professionals on how to serve this population of survivors in a culturally specific manner, since the program began in 2014. In the past year Safety Compass has been utilized by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as a resource for local families whose children went missing.
Safety Compass Staff have been guest speakers for:
We can't wait to see what the future holds. Please consider joining our effort by donating or stay tuned for volunteer roles to posted soon!
Support for any survivor of the sex industry regardless of whether they are still in "the life" or not, regardless of what type of exploitation they experienced, regardless of their gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation.