Black and white image of 3 children holding balloons in a park. Web conference title: Changing the Culture to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11 AM PT/2 PM ET

CALCASA’s national project PreventConnect is hosting a web conference Changing the Culture of Schools, Churches, and Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: Lessons Learned from the Just Beginnings Collaborative, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 11am PT,

The Just Beginnings Collaborative is a network of national leaders to end child sexual abuse, and this web conference is the first of three web conferences highlighting the impactful work of the Just Beginnings Collaborative network. Join us as we discuss how shifting culture within the heart of organizations and communities can lead to great impacts on preventing child sexual abuse. From churches and schools to community organizations and families, every facet of a community has a role to play in preventing and ending child sexual abuse. Learn from our guests how to engage parents, center prevention in organizational commitments, and identify areas for change within churches and youth-serving organizations.

The web conference is hosted by Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez & Tori VandeLinde, PreventConnect and CALCASA.   

Guest speakers include

Left to right: David Lee, Jennifer Yore, Katie Hanna and Jeff Milroy

At the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego on Monday, I presented at a great panel session titled “Preventing sexual violence in sport.” Along with three colleagues, we shared the opportunities for sport to be part of the solution in ending sexual violence. Each of us shared examples of comprehensive prevention efforts that involve engaging athlete, coaches and administrators in advancing sexual violence prevention within sport and how sport can take leadership in prevention efforts for the broader society.

I started the session describing the work of RALIANCE in its Sport + Prevention Center.and the report How sport can end sexual violence in one generation. In the presentation I share how our research showed that sport can promote accountability, social cohesion and self control, all of which are protective factors for sexual violence prevention. Jeffrey J. Milroy, DrPH, MPH, of the University of North Carolina Greensboro followed with his presentation on “Translating evidence into sexual violence prevention for collegiate student-athletes.”

Jennifer Yore, MPH, of Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH), University of California, San Diego, describe the researcher think tank hosted by the GEH and RALIANCE “Sport as an incubator and accelerator for sexual violence prevention. “ which resulting the RALIANCE report Recommendations for Next Steps In Research and Evaluation. The final presentation by Katie Hanna, MEd, U.S. Center for SafeSport, “Putting Athlete Well-being First:  How the U.S. Center for SafeSport is working to champion respect and prevent abuse in sports.” Described sexual violence prevention efforts in the 50 National Governing Boards of the US Olympic movement.

This panel presentation was important to demonstrate how public health concepts of prevention can support making changes in sport in order to prevent sexual violence.

This blog is written by Jessie Towne-Cardenas of the Arboreta Group who works with CALCASA in providing training and technical assistance for the Rape Prevention and Education program (RPE).


Folder with cover of Primary Prevention Primer. Text reads: Primary Prevention = stopping violence before it has a chance to happen

The Primary Prevention Primer from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

As part of our work advancing sexual violence prevention nationwide, CALCASA is currently supporting California RPE programs in doing organizational self-assessments to create a Primary Prevention Integration Action Plan (PPIAP). in 2012, rape crisis centers went through a similar process and many made big changes including:

  • increasing prevention messages on their websites and using social media;
  • training all staff, volunteers, and even board members on primary prevention;
  • increasing funding for prevention through fundraising, grants, and fee for service; and
  • including prevention in strategic planning goals and mission statements.

What we measure we can improve. Assessment shines a light on how our organizations integrate prevention and reveals areas for improvement and/or development. The beauty of self-assessment is that it doesn’t matter if your baseline is low because it’s just a starting point. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to learning:

How organizations talk about prevention in their community – From volunteers to board members those affiliated with the organization know what primary prevention of sexual violence is and how their prevention services move them toward their mission.

How organizations fund prevention work – Diverse funding sources for prevention helps strengthen and sustain our work over time. Using data and stories from our prevention work tells the story of RCCs that are providing vital support to survivors AND working to end sexual violence through education and social change.

How organizations support and develop their prevention practitioners – Assessing organizational performance in the areas of leadership development, supporting new ideas and methods, compensation structures, and transition and succession planning are vital because well-trained and well-supported staff are essential to the success of an organization.

The PPIAP Organizational Self-Assessment is available for any rape crisis center to use to shine the light on their prevention programs. Do you want to put some focus on prevention? Let us know!

Black writing on yellow Background: Change can hardly wiat. Here what you can do. Post on Social media. Take the pledge. Share the Message, Give a BuckChange can’t wait. Tell the world that we can end sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault!

Give a buck (white writing on a blue buttonCALCASA is proud to join RALIANCE’s #GiveABuck campaign to end sexual violence in one generation. Go to Give a Buck and join this movement today!

Sexual violence has dominated headlines for years – sexual harassment and assault on campuses, in churches, in Hollywood, in newsrooms, in the military… it happens everywhere. It’s time to act now – all of us working together to end sexual violence in one generation. We have the opportunity now to build broad support for programs that prevent sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault in our communities. #TimesUp and #MeToo have made wonderful advances for victims’ services. Our #GiveABuck social media campaign builds awareness and supports prevention.

Are you ready to tell the world you Give A Buck about ending sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault?

Go to our Give A Buck site and sign up to be a participant, take the pledge, or to learn more today!



CALCASA joins sexual assault prevention advocates throughout the country in its concerns about potential federal action that will further harm transgender and gender nonconforming people.   Yesterday, the New York Times reported plans for “governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people.” The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence issued this statement:

“We are horrified by reporting that the Trump administration is defying science, medicine, and the law to attack the very existence of transgender people. Narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition is both senseless and heartless. Transgender people experience unconscionably high rates of sexual violence and attacks on their rights only make them more vulnerable to assault. We want transgender people to know we will fight with you and for you. We will only accomplish our goal of ending sexual violence by treating all people, including those who are transgender, with fairness and respect.“

CALCASA is a member of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Red background with white print - with a rip peeling away some of the red to reval #metoo. Text reads The facte behind the #metoo Movement: A national study on sexual harassment and assault. At bottom are logos from Stop Street Harassment, Raliance and Cener on Gender Equity and HealthSexual assault and harassment is pervasive. With the national discussion about sexual assault and harassment driven by survivors voices (such as #MeToo in social media), the public to recognizing that sexual violence takes place in many locations including work.

In the new study released today by Stop Street Harassment, we learn not only how frequently sexual abuse take place and in what forms, we also learn more about where sexual violence takes place. The report finds that “most women (66%) reported experiencing sexual harassment in a public space, like on the street or in a store. Around one-third of all women reported experiencing sexual harassment in their workplace (38%), their home/residence (35%), a nightlife venue (33%) and their pre-K to 12th grade school (30%), respectively.” Most experiences of sexual assault took place in private homes and residences.  As we develop and implement prevention strategies, we need to account for these different settings.

Chart titled what happened and to whom giving percent of people who said they had experienced: vernbal sexual harassment (women 77%, men 34%) unwanted sexual touching (women 51% MEN 17%) Online sexual harassement (women 41% men 22%) Being phyiscally followed (women 34% men 12%) Genital falshing (women 30% men 12%) Sexual assalut (women 27% men 7%)The Facts Behind the #MeToo Movement: A National Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault shares the findings of a national online survey of 2000 people (1000 women and 1000 men). This study was supported by Raliance and the Center for Gender Equity and Health at the University of California San Diego.

Click here to see the full report.

A National Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault