CALCASA Testifies in Support of an Ongoing Investment in Prevention


From Left: John L. Finley Public Policy Associate, Krista Niemczyk Public Policy Manager of The Partnership, Melodie Kruspodin, Prevention & Policy Director of Peace Over Violence, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, and Antonio Villaraigosa,former Assembly Speaker and Mayor of Los Angeles

Yesterday, CALCASA joined the Partnership in testifying before the Assembly Budget Committee in support of a $50 million ongoing investment to support domestic and sexual violence prevention programs in California.  We made the case for prevention by describing the tremendous costs already associated with sexual violence and reiterated our strong belief that California can be a leader in preventing abuse before it ever happens.

Investing in prevention makes sense as a wise long-term use of general fund dollars, and our local programs and communities are ready and willing to expand their prevention work if given the financial support from the State to do so. While we continue to advocate for an investment in prevention, it’s critical that we not go backwards on our funding of services, which is why the request also includes a reauthorization of funding to rape crisis centers.  Sexual assault is a serious issue in California, and if our budget is a reflection of our state’s values, then investing in the prevention of sexual assault must be a top priority.


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John L. Finley

John L. Finley works under the direction of CALCASA’s Executive Director, and is responsible for development and implementation of CALCASA’s strategic advocacy and legislative priorities. He works closely with the entire management team to identify, monitor, and execute our legislative agenda on emerging issues related to sexual violence, and provides key legislative analysis on statewide and national public policy. Born and raised in America’s Finest City: San Diego, California, John graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. He became involved in the movement to end sexual violence while serving as President of the Associated Students of Stanford University, and lent his voice to the national chorus calling for improved systems of education, prevention, and adjudication in the aftermath of People v. Brock Turner. John is a proud Eagle Scout, and is committed to lifelong advocacy on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and marginalized people everywhere.

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