Providing Rape Crisis Services to Incarcerated Survivors with Mental Illness




This webinar, intended for rape crisis counselors, provides an overview of the prevalence of mental illness in US detention facilities, reveals the inadequacy of mental health care provided by jails and prisons, and lays out best practices for advocates who provide rape crisis services to incarcerated survivors who have a mental illness.



Clarifying the Roles of Advocates and Therapists in Detention

Marsela Rojas-Salas

Marsela Rojas has roots in Southern California and Mexico. Her work has primarily included education, advocacy, and research around sexual violence prevention, reproductive justice, and prisoner rights. She has taught women’s studies at a university and in prison, facilitated workshops and trainings at college women’s centers, and provided advocacy for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. At CALCASA she works with rape crisis centers across the state to provide advocacy to survivors in prisons and detention centers. Marsela is committed to the long-term systemic change necessary to free our communities from interpersonal and structural violence in all its forms. When she’s not in the office she likes to cook for friends and family, hike, and visit museums.

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