The Women’s March Sacramento focuses on engaging youth, uplifting women leaders, advocating for gender equity, fighting voter suppression and fighting for the fair protection of all human rights. As the State Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Coalitions, we believe that individuals, families and communities are safer when we center the needs of those on the margins, most affected by these issues. Together with our Members, CALCASA and the Partnership advance public policy agendas that address the multiple oppressions survivors face in California every day.
Therefore, in solidarity with thousands of people across the state and nation, CALCASA and the Partnership will join National Women’s Marches on Saturday, January 20th. We will publicly affirm our commitment to social justice and equity by marching in Sacramento and other locations throughout the state.
CALCASA and the Partnership also invite our Members to consider participating in these marches as well. If you plan to be in the Sacramento area, you’re welcome to march with us. Meet us at 9:30 a.m. at Southside Park: 2115 6th St, Sacramento, CA 95818—specifically at the corner of W & 8th Street.
If you plan to be in the Orange County area, you’re welcome to march with us, meet us at 9:00 am on the corner of West Civic Center Drive and North Flower Street in downtown Santa Ana, CA. If you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, you’re welcome to march with us, meet us at Pershing Square Park. 532 s. Olive St. Los Angeles CA. CALCASA will also be present across the Nation in Washington D.C. For those in other parts of the state and country, you may select from a number of other local events.
Representing California’s rich diversity, our Coalitions are excited to position sexual and domestic violence alongside other movements and multiply our collective strength. We encourage you to keep up with CALCASA and the Partnership on January 20th by following us on social media.
Among the many issues of sexual violence is the burden of stalking impacting survivors and our communities. Stalking is a major concern and threat of violence, and each year the National Center for Victims of Crime recognizes January as National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking makes our communities fearful while impacting the sense of privacy and security that individuals and our communities need to thrive.There is a need for resources to help support victims and survivors of stalking and a critical need for prevention. Promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are among many of the recommendations provided by the CDC toward prevention efforts.
How will you contribute to the prevention of stalking and sexual violence?
This morning WEAVE’s CEO Beth Hassett, and CALCASA’s Director of Operations Gayle Hepner joined the California President Pro Tempore Kevin De León and Senator Holly Mitchell to announce the collaboration with the State Capitol to improve the system of reporting sexual misconduct. Senator De Leon and Senator Mitchell emphasized their commitment to changing the culture at the Capitol were every voice is heard, and where women are valued and seen as equals.
CALCASA agrees that what is pivotal to preventing sexual violence is creating lasting change in the landscape, where workplaces and all of our communities look at their environment and take the necessary steps toward transformation. Providing confidential victim advocates and impartial investigation processes are the critical first steps that the California State Senate is taking to prevent sexual harassment and violence through a trauma-informed lens. Senator De Leon stated that he is in conversations with California State Assembly Leaders to make sure that process of reporting and addressing sexual misconduct is bicameral and consistent across the board.
WEAVE has an excellent history of serving the Sacramento area and we believe this partnership will help improve the response to and prevention of sexual misconduct at the Capitol. Together with WEAVE CALCASA is committed to working toward the prevention of all gender-based violence.
You can see the live broadcast of the Press Conference from WEAVE’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WEAVEInc/videos/10159726916315137/
Knowing and understanding how to support, and honor survivors is critical “during this unprecedented moment” when so many are sharing their stories and the conversation around sexual violence is garnering national media attention. Read more on the importance of honoring and supporting survivors from Raliance in the HuffPost article, It’s a Critical Time to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Raliance Statement on Honoring Survivors When People We Know Commit Sexual Harassment, Misconduct, and Assault
CALCASA is part of Raliance, the national collaborative committed to ending sexual violence in one generation.
The National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) brings together over 1,700 people who are invested in the response to and prevention of sexual violence. The conference facilitates opportunities to share information and resources, advance learning, develop skills, and increase professional capacity to support survivors of sexual assault, to raise the profile of sexual assault as an important community health and justice issue, and to prevent sexual assault from happening. This year with sexual violence taking over prominent news headlines this gathering is going to be more important than ever. The national conversation is focused on sexual violence and we can plan together to make bold moves.
The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is excited to announce a call for workshop proposals for the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. The theme of the conference is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.”
CALCASA is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and/or facilitating workshops at NSAC 2018.
- We will be focusing on two categories this year:
Intervention and Advocacy for Survivors
Below is the link the to the submission form:
All proposals must be submitted online and received by January 16, 2018 11:59 pm PST.
Applicants will receive notice by March 28, 2018. For each workshop session, only one (1) presenter will receive one (1) free conference registration and one (1) night’s lodging at the federal or state government rate, if the presenter’s office is more than 50 miles from the conference site (per government guidelines). If the workshop has multiple presenters, then they must select one individual to receive the one (1) free conference registration and one (1) night’s lodging, as permitted. CALCASA will not reimburse for any other expenses incurred by the selected presenter(s) for each workshop.
On November 28, 2017, CALCASA is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Many have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday sets itself apart.#GivingTuesday promotes giving and collective action in the spirit of giving on one day – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
For the second consecutive year CALCASA will join more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since it began in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and give this November 28. There are plenty of organizations and movements to choose from, and we hope you choose CALCASA. This year has seen more conversations about sexual violence including sexual harassment and the need for support and prevention cannot go unmet.
This year CALCASA has set a goal of raising $22,500 if 1000 supporters were to just give $23 we could easily meet this goal.
As we gear up for Nov. 28 we encourage everyone to:
- Spread the word about #GivingTuesday
- Join CALCASA’s campaign this year and contribute to our goal
- Share why you give, and why #GivingTuesday is important to you
Why $22,500? In California, the General Fund only allocates $45,000 to the rape crisis centers that serve survivors in your communities With 33,629 survivors served in 2015, that equals to a measly $1.34 per survivor. As the professional association for the 84 rape crisis centers in California, we hope to raise at least half of that $45,000 to continue to support and advocate for survivors, to promote a path to healing and justice, and champion prevention efforts.
CALCASA would like to show we can rally support for the movement to end sexual violence this #GivingTuesday. We would like to challenge our Facebook audience of 4,351 people and our 5,329 Twitter followers to take part in #GivingTuesday. Let’s all join the collective spirit of giving for the movement to end sexual violence.