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30th Anniversary

This year, CARE at SARC is celebrating our 30th anniversary since our establishment in 1988.


Established in 1988, CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center has been a standard-bearer of survivor support services and prevention education for campus sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The launch of the program came from a group of dedicated staff and students who had been advocating for rape prevention education and victim services since 1979. Initially named, “Student Safety Awareness Program,” the department was staffed by one professional staff member and two student interns. CARE at SARC was one of the first holistic and stand-alone campus victim services programs within the UC system. Meaning that CARE at SARC has always provided direct victim services as well as spearheaded UC San Diego violence prevention efforts. As the need for services and education grew, so did the program. CARE at SARC has received over $1,000,000 in federal grants that helped support innovative violence prevention campaigns (“UCSD Most Guys”; “Every Little BIT Counts”; “Colors of CARE”); increased the number of professional staff within the department, and enhanced direct services for survivors. 

In 2018, UC San Diego’s CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center will commemorate its 30th Anniversary. This is a celebration, acknowledgement, and reaffirmation, that since its creation in 1988, CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center has been and always will be dedicated to creating a safe and respectful UC San Diego community.

Share Your CARE at SARC Story 

Have you had a personal experience working with CARE at SARC? If you are a current or former client, student staff member, professional staff member, volunteer, or campus partner, we want to hear from you! 

Examples include: 

It's been ten years since the day of my assault. I am now married to the most wonderful, supportive man, and we have a beautiful one year old daughter. I think back on how much healing and comfort Nancy and the entire SARC team provided and I would never have become the person I am today without them. I am so grateful to them for the impact they've made on my life, and I am so grateful that people like the SARC team are there for others who need them.  - Esther, survivor and former CARE at SARC client
The absolute best thing about CARE at SARC is the staff! They push and challenge the community to be more aware and thoughtful and fight for those impacted by sexual violence. I'm amazed at the strength and the care they display at every turn and the stamina they have for this work. - Debbie Deas, former Assistant Dean of Student Affairs - Sixth College

We would like to invite past and current members of the campus community to share their thoughts, memories, and experiences with CARE at SARC through an online form found here

30th Anniversary Blog Posts 

Upcoming Events

All events below are open to the campus community. Additional details to come. 

Winter 2018 

Before #MeToo: The History of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at UC San Diego

Campus sexual assault has been a frequent topic in the national consciousness during the past few years. Before “The Hunting Ground” and social media campaigns such as #metoo, dedicated UC San Diego students and staff had the foresight to establish a sexual assault prevention program in 1988.

Join CARE at SARC for a conversation about the grassroots activists who built the foundation for sexual assault prevention and support services at UC San Diego. The work of these trailblazers led to the establishment of CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center in 1988. Panelists include students and staff from the original Rape Prevention Education workgroup and founding staff members of CARE at SARC.

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | PC East Ballroom 

RSVP to attend by registering on EventBrite.

Spring 2018

Celebrating CARE at SARC 

It's a CARE Birthday! A noontime cupcake celebration recognizing thirty years of support, advocacy, and education at UC San Diego. 

Friday, May 18, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Student Services Center, Fifth Floor