Movie Premier – “Crossroads: One Woman’s Path to Justice”

This is the story of a courageous woman and the inter-agency team, across 2 counties (Tehama & Shasta), that fought for justice – and her life.

Last night, my husband and I attended the premier of the documentary “Crossroads: One Woman’s Path to Justice”. This is the story of a courageous woman and the inter-agency team, across 2 counties (Tehama & Shasta), that fought for justice – and her life. Corning Observer Article

courage (noun)
the ability to do something that frightens one

Every person in Lisa Dawson’s path to freedom – the dispatcher, officers, advocate, doctors, investigators, attorneys, counselors – had to play his or her role perfectly to get and keep the attacker in custody and ensure the victim felt safe enough to take every next step.

When the movie is publicly available, I will share how you can watch it. In the mean time, I wanted to share some important information about local resources and what you can do if you know or see someone being abused.

Shasta & Tehama counties both have organizations who work with law enforcement and the district attorney’s office to help victims of domestic violence. GET TO KNOW THEM! Check out their websites and learn about the programs they have available.

Some of the resources available through Empower Tehama & One Safe Place are listed below.

  • Emergency & Transitional Housing
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Prevention & Education & Intervention
  • Sexual Assault & Trafficking Programs
  • Community Outreach

See their websites for additional information and other resources & programs.

Empower Tehama 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 530-528-0226
One Safe Place (Shasta) 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 530-244-0117

How YOU Can Help

Whether you have a friend you think is being abused or your see signs of abuse in a stranger, most of us have no idea how to help. Fear for their own safety or of putting the victim in further danger often prevent bystanders from getting involved.

Knowing both what to do and when to do it can be a tricky combination. Below are my thoughts along with a few links on how and when to get involved.

Start by learning what local resources are available. Keep the Crisis Hotline numbers in your phone or on small slips of paper to share with someone who needs help.

Call 9-1-1 if someone is in immediate danger.

Helping Someone You Know

  • Contact Empower Tehama or One Safe Place – they do this every day and can advise you on how to help
  • Let the victim know you are concerned about their safety – ask if they need help and tell them about local resources
  • Offer a ride to one of the organizations listed above
  • Explain that free, confidential help is available help for victims and their children
  • Let them know they’re not alone
  • Be patient – the mental control abusers have over their victims is difficult to understand; it may take numerous efforts for a victim to get help
  • The most dangerous time is when a victim leaves an abusive relationship – professional advocates can help them create a safety plan so when they are ready, they don’t have to try and figure out where to go

Helping a Stranger

  • Assess the situation – engaging may be unsafe for you and the victim
  • Discreetly make eye contact with the victim – they may be feeling very alone and isolated, let them know you see them
    • If you can safely do so: ask, whisper, or simply mouth “are you ok?” or “do you need help?”
  • Be an active witness
    • Make note of descriptions, details and vehicle information
    • Take photos or videos (if you can do so safely and discreetly)
  • If you don’t think 911 is warranted, but you think they need help, go to an area you can talk privately and call Empower Tehama or One Safe Place and ask for their advice

Empower Tehama

The TV show Mom has a great episode addressing rape. Often women feel they were at fault because they were intoxicated or under dressed – it is NEVER your fault! And you always deserve help.

Empower Tehama has incredible resources for domestic violence and sexual assault.

If you need help, if you are being abused or have been assaulted, you can contact them directly – but if you’re scared about the process, you can also reach out to me and I will help get you in touch with them.

In addition to direct client help, they have a ton of educational resources for the community. You can help! Businesses can share brochures or place flyers in bathroom stalls. They’re also a 501c3 so you can make a tax deductible donation to help our county residents get direct help.

Individual Help

  • Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Advocacy & Counseling
  • Housing & Medical
  • Legal / Court Services
  • Teen Dating Violence Prevention
  • Stalking Victim Log

Community Education

  • Human Trafficking
  • Get Involved
  • How You Can Help
  • Brochures & Flyers

1805 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 530-528-0226
or Toll-Free at 1-800-324-6473

Empower Tehama

Empower Tehama’s mission is to promote healthy relationships and social change in our community.

One of the most difficult issues to spot is abuse, especially when the abused is a friend or a member of your family. Empower Tehama is a local organization creating change in our community.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, Empower Tehama can help.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 530-528-0226

Business Center: 1805 Walnut

Empower’s programs include:

  • Domestic Violence Response
  • Children’s Services
  • Intervention
  • Sexual Assault & Trafficking Programs
  • Teen Dating & Violence Prevention
  • Community Awareness & Training

Camp Hope is a week long adventure for children and teens to help break the generational cycle of family violence by offering healing and hope to children and adults who have witnessed and been impacted by family violence”.

You can learn more about Camp Hope and nominate a child or volunteer as a counselor/mentor here:

Consent is an ongoing negotiation. It is not a contract you’re locked into.

Station 19

The above quote came from a TV show – but it is a statement that should be instilled in every person from a young age.

You have the right to say NO. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been flirting or kissing or are naked in bed.

Tehama Search & Rescue

“That Others May Live”

Prior to retiring, my husband was the lieutenant who oversaw the SAR program. Since he retired, he joined SAR as a volunteer. That’s him on the boat.

If you aren’t familiar with Search & Rescue (SAR) – they are an all volunteer sheriffs team that train regular to “search” and “rescue” people who have lost or injured in the various terrains of our large county.

They are ready to get in the river or lakes, they have divers, they have gear for snow, they have dogs and 4wd to get into our remote areas, they are trained to repel down mountainsides and treat severe injuries in the field.

As you can imagine, to do all this right, the team puts a lot of time into training.

They most often get called out late at night – and sometimes during holidays.

They hold regular fundraisers to purchase equipment.

These are some of the most under appreciated people in our county. They won’t ever boast about what they do – so I’m boasting for them.

Thank you to all of the SAR volunteers. We appreciate more than you know.

Get to know the TCSAR: