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This year’s 2014 California Leadership Conference was a huge success! Thank you to all our members and partners for joining us for three-days of training, networking, and collaborating. We had 200 participants in attendance, representing a variety of sectors including rape crisis centers, military branches, colleges and universities, and agencies from throughout California.

During the conference, we embarked on creating new partnerships and facilitating new ideas within the topics of military sexual assault, institutional advocacy, prevention, and campus sexual assault. Additionally, we focused on using our collective voice to create change and invigorate our movement to end sexual violence.

Below are the materials presented in the workshops for the 2014 California Leadership Conference.

Please click the links below to download. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact Shaina Brown at 916-446-2520 ext. 304.


All Communities are Not Created Equal: Advancing health equity goals to enhance sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts

What’s health equity go to do with it? Building on a PreventConnect web conference, this session provides a space for a closer look at leveraging sexual and domestic violence prevention work to promote health equity. Based in the framework presented in CDC’s recent publication A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease, our discussion delves into disproportionate outcomes based on race, class, sexual orientation, and ability within the context of sexual and domestic violence. Explore opportunities to better address equity issues and support health equity as a part of prevention initiatives.


Core Competencies for Sexual Violence Prevention

This workshop sought to facilitate a process to examine the various functions of preventionists and competencies prevention practitioners feel are essential and important to the work of sexual violence prevention. The group identified the depth and breadth of activities and functions one must preform in the course of planning, managing and implementing a prevention program and explored what individual knowledge, skills and attributes/abilities are necessary to effectively implement sexual violence prevention efforts.


Sustainability for Prevention Programming

This workshop addressed sustainability for prevention programming in light the recent changes to the RPE funding stream. The dynamic and evolving funding landscape for sexual violence prevention poses both challenges and opportunities, and sustainability is a concern for many prevention programs. The workshop explored opportunities to support prevention programs separate and/or beyond RPE including fee-for-service models, targeted fundraising for prevention, and other relevant opportunities for resource development.


Working in the Schools to Prevent Sexual Violence: Going Beyond Classroom Presentations

Schools provide an excellent setting to reach many children and youth in sexual violence prevention efforts. However, with limited class time and increased testing, there are many barriers to be able to provide multiple sessions of classroom presentations. This workshop explored other strategies to engage school systems in sexual violence prevention, including opportunities to include sexual violence prevention in school policies, and reproductive health programming.



Silence Doesn’t Work Here

This presentation covered the Employment Laws in California that protect Sexual Assault and Stalking Survivors. These laws include SB 400 that went into effect January 1, 2014. This presentation also explained how to use these laws when working with survivors and help them navigate the employment hurdles around sexual harassment, sexual assault, or stalking. The presentation also covered how to work with employers in your communities to educate and partner with them through this process. WEAVE shared the model they are currently implementing in their community. Finally, the presentation gave scenarios and statistics for agencies to use with employers they are working with.


Rape Crisis Advocacy and Human Trafficking Services: Looking at the unique way that our work intersects

This workshop was intended to develop a better understanding about how rape crisis center and multi-service organizations are working with survivors who are trafficked. The presentation highlighted the work of three programs (CSP, Community Violence Solutions and Family Services of Tulare) with trafficked survivors. The presentation addressed how these efforts are funded and when and how their services are integrated with existing programming.


The Other Legal Advocacy: Holistic support for survivors using civil legal advocacy

This workshop provided an overview of how Rape Crisis Centers and Sexual Assault Programs can provide legal advocacy beyond the Criminal Justice System. While the advocacy for survivors during the investigation and prosecution is a critical component of the work that advocates do, it is only part of what survivors need in terms of legal support. A framework for the various types of civil legal assistance was provided as well as examples from the work of existing Rape Crisis Centers in this area.


Protecting Survivor Privacy: Managing privacy and disclosure as survivor empowerment

This workshop focused on the multiple layers that organizations must manage while protecting survivors’ privacy. It focused on the use of policies as a means of ensuring survivors’ stories are protected and how to balance required disclosures while providing a supportive environment for survivors to heal.



An Advocate’s Guide to Campus Sexual Assault: Compliance as a tool for collaboration

This workshop outlined the legislative guidelines that regulate universities and colleges as they pertain to sexual assault. The workshop focused on what advocates need to know in order to partner with universities to meet these demands.


Collaboration is Key: Universities and RCCs working together to address sexual violence

This workshop was in a panel format with representative universities, community based rape crisis centers and students to discuss the most effective ways to collaborate to address and prevent sexual assault on college campuses. Students discussed the importance of partnerships between community programs and universities, from a student’s perspective.


Comprehensive Campus Prevention

This workshop examined the current state of sexual violence prevention efforts on college and university campuses. This workshop outlined the existing guidelines for campuses and addresses a range of prevention strategies. Student panelists described their perception of campus needs, opportunities and challenges and spoke to the programs that are meaningful on their campuses and in their communities.


Student Voices: Engaging Students in Campus Program and Policy Development

This workshop was in a panel format with students from universities around the state who discussed the ways students are working to address sexual violence on college campuses and ways that community based rape crisis services and universities can engage them.

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