SAAM Highlight: Education & action


Last week, I attended the CALCASA Bay Region Meeting hosted by Rape Trauma Services in Burlingame, California.  Members learned about the services that Freedom House, the first transitional housing facility in Northern California for survivors of human trafficking, provides and discussed the intersecting issues surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence.  In addition, the Bay Region members also shared the range of activities planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April.

Joanne Martinez and Veronica Boutelle from Community Violence Solutions, based in San Pablo, not only shared their challenges and experiences in doing community outreach with members but took time to share what SAAM means to them.

Livia Rojas, MSSW, is the Training and Resource Coordinator in the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to recipients of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on college and university campuses across the United States and territories. Livia has eleven years of working to advance human rights and student organizing through practice and research.

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