Experiencing technology abuse and harassment makes you 2 times as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.[1]

CALCASA in partnership with Break the Cycle are pleased to announce the launch of the Cyber Abuse Project (CAP).

The Cyber Abuse Project (CAP) is a national training and technical assistance project that addresses the use/misuse of technology in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (including cyberstalking) cases. CAP resources aim to support the work of criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement, campus safety staff, school resource officers, and school administrators in their response to these types of cases.

1 in 6 teens with a cell phone have received a sexually suggestive image or video of someone they know.[2]

In a CAP podcast series episode, guests share their experiences of cyber harassment/abuse, its long-term impact, and how campus law enforcement and administrators can best support victims. Additional episodes share law enforcement strategies to investigate these resource intensive cases, intervention tools and evidentiary considerations. There is also a great conversation on cyber abuse, Title IX and the first amendment.

Visit the CAP webpage to access research, webinars, podcasts, events, and other resources at: https://www.breakthecycle.org/cyber-abuse-project

The more campus law enforcement and administrators know and are equipped to respond to the use/misuse of technology in perpetuating gender-based violence, the safer campuses will be on and offline for students. Together we can end cyber abuse.



[1] Zweig, J., Dank, M., The Urban Institute, & United States of America. (2013). Teen Dating Abuse and Harassment in the Digital World: Implications for Prevention and Intervention. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

[2] Lenhardt, A. (2009). “Teens and sexting.” A Pew Internet & American Life Project Report, Retrieved July 4 (2009): 2010.


Disclaimer: This series is for Cal OES funded Rape Crisis Center Programs Only

Navigating VAWA web conference
Navigating through VAWA Confidentiality Protections to Enhance Safety for Immigrant Survivors
May 29, 2018

This webinar will provide an in-depth look into VAWA confidentiality provisions and how to best utilize these statutory protections to keep immigrant survivors safe by protecting their information and applying early for immigration relief. We will also discuss how to use VAWA confidentiality protections to reduce immigrant survivor’s fears against enforcement by explaining sensitive locations which will include courthouses.

Sandy Monroy, Project Manager, CALCASA
Leslye E. Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project
Rocio Molina, Associate Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project

Disclaimer: This series is for Cal OES funded Rape Crisis Center Programs Only

Expanding the Movement: Working with Survivors Behind Bars
May 31, 2018

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law in 2003
after years of hard work from advocates and survivors. The ultimate purpose of PREA is to make detention facilities safer, and Rape Crisis Centers have an important part to play in that goal. During this web conference, we will discuss your role as an advocate as you work with incarcerated survivors and how your agency can strengthen service provisions for survivors behind bars.

Juliana Baez, Training and Technical Specialist, CALCASA

CALCASA’s national leadership project in partnership with WOCN, Inc., LEAP (Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals) convened its current cohort 4 Academy II on January 23-24 in Los Angeles, CA. The two-days were filled with skills and leadership development on nonprofit management and discussions on visioning our leadership in the sexual assault and domestic violence movement. The 15 Fellows also delivered their LEAPTalks (borrowing from TEDTalks) on various leadership and skills topics that were covered since the start of their cohort program. Several themes among the presentations were: growing as a WOC leader, mentoring others in culturally specific communities into leadership roles, programs sustainability, and self-care in leadership.

As we closed the two days together, Fellows reflected on what they were carrying with them as they return home. Many shared that the connection and professional (as well as personal) support LEAP has provided them along with the skills development has been and continues to be a solid source of affirmation that they are the leaders that they are looking for. The 15 Fellows are members of a larger network of 69 LEAP Leaders across the US and US territories impacting culturally specific communities through their leadership.




California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and Break the Cycle (BTC) presented the webinar, Cyberstalking & Misuse of Technology in Teen Dating Violence: Strategies for Criminal Justice Professionals.

The webinar:

  • Explored the scope of gender-based cyber violence;
  • Examined the most common technologies used to perpetrate these crimes;
  • Identified strategic practices to effectively support young victims.

Participants had the opportunity to examine specific case examples and discussed case strategy with an attorney from Break the Cycle who has represented young clients in dating and domestic violence cases with a cyber-abuse component.

For access to webinar materials, please click on the links:

Recording: Cyberstalking & Misuse of Technology in Teen Dating Violence

CAP101_June 2017.FINAL.pptx

Sexual violence impacts everyone and all aspects of a survivor’s life.
CALCASA recognizes and seeks to center an intersectional approach to ending sexual violence. So far, we have covered the intersections of faith-based communities, transformative justice, and health and wellness.

This blog briefly discusses the importance of looking at racial justice in the context of sexual violence and provides some steps for an intersectional approach, because then, we are able to see the whole person rather than a symptom, incident, or circumstance of what happened to them.

A prime example of why we should include an intersectional focus of racial justice when working with sexual assault victims is the powerful campaign, #StandWithHer. The campaign was created by the Black Women’s Blueprint as a response to the Daniel Holtzclaw rape case. Holtzclaw was found guilty of assaulting or raping 13 black women as an Oklahoma police officer. The survivors of his assaults were historically people from the margins, had criminal histories of drug use and prostitution, came from one of Oklahoma’s poorest neighborhoods and ranged from ages 17 to their 50s.

The Black Women’s Blueprint recognized the importance of standing in solidarity with the women survivors at Holtzclaw’s sentencing. As the Black Women’s Blueprint stated, “the generally accepted notion of justice by the mainstream, rarely ever resonates with Black women and girls. It has not delivered for Black women, other women of color, girls, or trans folks, the security promised, nor their civil and human rights.” The act of standing in solidarity with the women survivors centered their experiences and identities within an oppressive system that historically re-traumatizes and dismisses “women of color, girls, or trans folks”.

“He didn’t choose CEOs or soccer moms; he chose women he could count on not telling what he was doing,” prosecutor Lori McConnell said during closing arguments, according to the news agency Reuters. “He counted on the fact no one would believe them and no one would care.”

So how do we dismantle oppression as we focus on racial justice to end sexual violence? We believe that advocates should first focus on these three steps to creating an intersectional approach to ending sexual violence. To be clear, this is not an exhaustive list of what to do, but a place to start.

  1. Have transformative conversations on what dismantling oppression looks like in your community, organization, and groups. Oppression is the “use of power to disempower, marginalize, and silence one social group or an individual.” If we are dismantling oppression, we are disengaging the systems that make survivors vulnerable to retraumatization. Organize space for meaningful discussions on oppression, racism, sexism, and gender-based violence.
  2. Recognizing intersectionality. Intersectionality is a concept that was developed by Kimberle Crenshaw to address experiences of multiple levels of social injustice. For example, a survivor who is a sexual assault victim that has a disability, identifies as genderfluid, and is a person of color may experience multiple oppressions due to these identities. When we recognize the frame of intersectionality, we can provide a more empowering approach to their traumatic experience. Check out Kimberle Crenshaw’s TEDTalk, “The Urgency of Intersectionality.”
  3. In order to achieve our goal of dismantling oppression, we need meaningful allyship.  According to the Anti-Oppression Network, allyship is an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person of privilege seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group of people. While in this process, find and work with your allies to collaborate, cooperate, and work towards a shared mission that is rooted in anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-violence work. Visit the Anti-Oppression website to learn more about allyship.

As our movement grows and shifts, we must continue to have these transformative conversations about racial justice that will fundamentally alter the way in which we do our anti-sexual violence work. We must take a stand against oppression and an intersectional frame will get us there. Organizations across the country are disrupting the status quo by dismantling oppression, recognizing intersectionality, and engaging allies to ultimately end sexual violence.


Links to resources:

Kimberle Crenshaw Tedtalk, “The Urgency of Intersectionality”


Anti-Oppression Network


Anti-Oppression Network – allyship


Anti-Oppression Network – what is anti-oppression


Black Women’s Blue Print



Co- Authored by:

Imelda Buncab

Advocate. Social Change Agent. Working to end gender-based violence to the Last Girl. #CASaysNoMore #ItsOnUs #EndCyberExploitation

Dismantling Oppression: Focusing on Racial Justice to End Sexual Violence