We are incredibly proud to announce that our collective efforts with the CaliforniaPartnership to End Domestic Violence (Partnership), our members, advocates, and allies have led to a $5 million state budget allocation to prevent sexual and domestic violence. This is a testament to all our hard work to increase awareness of prevention at the Capitol. We’ve sustained policymakers’ attention to this issue for the second year in a row—and during the transition to a new Governor. This victory is also significant because prevention funding is uncommon in state budgets throughout the nation, making California one of the only places to prioritize it in its budget. We invite you to read our statement below, and celebrate your hard work as a part of this success!

CALCASA CEO Sandra Henriquez, and Partnership Director of Programs Jacquie Marroquin responded with a joint statement:

“This funding allocation puts resources behind long-term solutions that lead to cultural shifts. This is a critical investment aimed at addressing the sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence in our state. In California, 86% of women and 53% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime, and an estimated 1.6 million women and men experience domestic violence each year. In pockets of California, organizations committed to ending sexual and domestic violence have been successful in their proactive approaches to ending violence in their communities. This funding will expand and deepen that work all across the state…”

Read the full statement here.

 

Together with San Diego School of Medicine’s Center for Gender Equity and Health (GEH), CALCASA is pleased to release a new report Measuring #MeToo in California.
This new report shows that sexual harassment and assault are widespread problems in California and that a robust investment in preventing sexual violence is desperately needed. This study marks the first time data has been made available on a statewide sample of Californians experiencing sexual harassment and assault. Released in the wake of the groundbreaking societal reckoning with sexual harassment and assault prompted by the #MeToo movement, the study’s major findings include:
  • Statewide, 86% of women and 53% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.
  • Men born outside the US were significantly more likely than men born in the US to report that they had experienced sexual harassment
  • More people believed harassment or assault happened in most or all cases (56% of women, 51% of men) than believed that harassment or assault did not happen in most cases (8% of women, 9% of men).
“This report demonstrates that sexual harassment is prevalent and ubiquitous in California, no matter who you are or where you live, and at the same time we also see increased risk among some of the most marginalized groups,” said Dr. Anita Raj, PhD, director of GEH and a professor in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a professor in the Department of Education Studies in the UC San Diego Division of Social Sciences.
In 2018 the California legislature provided $5 million in one-time funding for rape crisis center programs. Yet our study demonstrates that the problem of sexual harassment and assault goes beyond the workplace and the need to provide services to those who have been abused. Our recent report, “The Costs and Consequences of Sexual Violence In California,” demonstrated that in 2012 the costs of sexual violence totaled $140 billion. California must do more to stop and prevent sexual assault and harassment earlier.
“Prevention efforts, including education in schools as early as possible around issues of consent and harassment are crucial,” said David S. Lee, director of prevention for CALCASA. “We know that prevention works, and it’s necessary to shift to a culture where individuals look out for one another.”
The research is clear: There is a high prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in California and prevention strategies can help our state prevail over sexual violence.
Together with Senator Jim Beall, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, and the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (the Partnership), CALCASA is advocating for $50 million in ongoing funding for prevention strategies. For more information visit:http://www.calcasa.org/preventionworks.

PreventConnect has a 2-part podcast where they discuss the pilot program of CALCASA’s faith-based collaborative to address gender-based violence through prevention and intervention. 

Prevention in Faith-Based Institutions: Shared Values

On this podcast, guests discuss how this faith-based prevention initiative began and highlight the values both faith institutions and the anti-sexual violence movement share.

Prevention in Faith-Based Institutions: Building Partnerships

On this podcast, guests discuss their successes with the faith-based prevention initiative, as well as impart their advice for prevention practitioners looking to engage churches and other faith-based organizations in prevention.

 

 

CALCASA was contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice referred to as ‘court-ordered rape,’ or invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are ordered to endure in the course of proceedings against their perpetrators.

If you are a survivor who has been ordered to undergo such an exam, you can access free, confidential help by reaching out to your local rape crisis program.

In addition, attorney Melissa Fry Hague from the firm Goldman Scarlato & Penny is available to hear your or your client’s story as she tracks these cases and researches the legal rights for survivors who have been impacted. You can reach Melissa at [email protected] or at 1-484-344-5850.

Mily Treviño-Sauceda stanidng h=behind podiam weare blue denim jacket and red button in front of members of Líderes Campesinas and a red Denim Day bannerOn April 24, 2019 we came together for Denim Day and to honor Mily Treviño-Sauceda as a fearless leader in the movement for sexual violence surrounded by her peers and campesinas poderosas. Every year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) the Nation Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) recognizes individuals throughout the country who are doing work in the field of anti-sexual violence.

The Visionary Voice Award is a national recognition for the meaningful work of our leaders to end sexual violence. Each state is provided with an opportunity to nominate an individual for this national award. This year CALCASA successfully nominated Mily Treviño-Sauceda, this year’s recipient.

Mily Treviño-Sauceda is the Executive Director and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. and has been the founder of campesinas’ movement in California since 1988. She worked in the agricultural fields since she was eight years old. She co-founded and was the first Executive Director of Líderes Campesinas, a unique grassroots organization that became a statewide movement of campesina leaders advocating on behalf of campesinas. In 2011, Treviño-Sauceda co-founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. to unify the struggle of its Líderes Campesinas at Denim Day Rally with red banner in backgroundcampesina member organizations/groups and promote campesinas’ leadership in a national movement to create broader visibility and advocate for changes that ensure their human rights. Her work has brought awareness with public services to learn to work within the cultural context of her community. Treviño-Sauceda continues to work with campesina leaders to develop and present culturally specific skits that demonstrate their hard work and raise the visibility of sexual harassment and abuse in the fields.

On behalf of CALCASA and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), we congratulate Mily Treviño-Sauceda on being a recipient of the 2019 Visionary Voice Award.

Red banner with white writing daying Denim Day and with CALCASA Logo in background. Latina women wearing denim jacket at podium with sign saying Prevention Works

CALCASA CEO Sandra Henriquez welcoming for Denim Day at the California State Capitol.

On April 24, 2019, legislators and staffers at the California State Capitol joined millions of people across thee world wearing jeans in honor of Denim Day.  Further, CALCASA and The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence made 97 legislative visits for Policy Advocacy Day. Over 115 domestic and sexual violence advocates joined together to ask the California legislature and Governor Newsom for $50 Million in ongoing funding for prevention in California to end sexual and domestic violence.

In the morning, CALCASA HELD A Denim Day rally in front of the State Capitol building surrounded by the SEIU United Service Workers West Promotoras (representing the janitorial industry), Lideres Campesinas (representing campesinas/farm workers), our legislative supporters, and legislative champions Assemblymember Blanca Rubio and Senator Jim Beall. Speakers included Janine Williams the Victim Services Division Chief of the California Office of Emergency Services, Anabella Aguirre of SEIU-USWW, Marcella Maggio, a Survivor and prevention educator, and Antonio Villaraigosa, former Assembly Speaker and Mayor of Los Angeles who is the statewide chair for Denim Day’s 20th year campaign.

Over 100 activists in front of State Capitol.

Denim Day and Policy Advocacy Day participants in front of the State Capitol.

On this warm and busy day in Sacramento, nothing was stopping sexual and domestic violence prevention advocates from joining together to ignite change. We made our call loud and clear, to END sexual and domestic violence. Ya Basta! Enough is enough!

We know that over 5 million Californians experience intimate partner violence each year, and over a million are the victims of some form of sexual violence. We also know that prevention works and prevention is possible. We need to invest in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence to stop it before it occurs and to create healthy and thriving communities. We stepped on a big stage, and we stepped into our fear knowing that all of the risks we take to ask for prevention funding are for the greater good.

Prevention Works! Advocating at the Capitol on Denim Day