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.

On November 14th, Raliance launched the Sport + Prevention Center, a new interactive tool to support
sexual and domestic violence prevention in the sport community. The Sport + Prevention Center is an
online center that houses more than 100 resources designed to provide individuals and organizations in
the sport community with comprehensive solutions to prevent sexual and domestic violence and create
an effective and long-term investment from the sport community.

Raliance, a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation, is comprised of
three national sexual violence prevention organizations – the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
(NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)–PreventConnect and the National
Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) – with over 70 years of anti-sexual violence activism.
More information about the Sport + Prevent Center can be found here:
RALIANCE.org/SportPreventionCenter

CALCASA’s Director of Prevention David S. Lee. is the co-author of the op-ed  that came out on Sunday, November 5 in the Sacramento Bee. This piece was written with Lisa Fujie Parks the Associate Program Director at Prevention Institute in response to the current media focus on sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.

Read the Article here.

 

 

Below is a joint Statement by Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director of CALCASA and

Nicole Pittman, Vice President of Impact Justice, Director of Center on Youth Registration Reform

 

New Law Reforming California’s Sex Offender Registry is a Great First Step 

Advocacy groups call to keep moving to fully eliminate the policy of placing kids on the registry

October 10, 2017

With Governor Brown’s signature on SB 384, California takes a significant step toward an important goal: ending the abusive policy of putting children on the sex offender registry. As part of a larger bill enacted to reform the law around California’s sex offender registry, it will make it possible for minor children tried in juvenile court to petition for removal from the sex offender registry within five to 10 years, and no longer subject them with being on the registry for life.

This means hope for thousands of Californians who were put on the registry as children, to finally put behind them the shame and stigma they have suffered. This is not only a humane policy, it is cost effective: California spends $140 million a year to register youth, yet the 2017 budget only designated $46,000 for victim’s services and prevention. More than 3,500 individuals currently on our state’s registry went on as kids – some for serious crimes and many others for normative behavior, such as playing doctor, streaking, or teenage romances. Regardless of the offense though, decades of research show that registration is not an effective response – instead, California’s investment needs to shift to prevention. This legislative step forward must become a turning point in our ongoing effort to end the cycle of trauma for children on the registry, both here and across the nation.

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Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 384 (Weiner) into law, which marks an important success in legislation for CALCASA and the movement to end sexual violence. The new law promotes better measures for public safety, better practices in allocating resources, and centers survivors voices in the need for offender rehabilitation and a system that promotes community health, prevention, and safety beyond monitoring. Sex offender registry reform is long overdue and CALCASA is proud to be a part of these needed changes.

CALCASA thanks the Rape Crisis Center Programs, and especially the survivors who brought their voices to the conversation. Many of our advocates and survivors took action to reach out to their representatives by phone, email, and in-person visits. The voices of survivors testifying on the importance of this bill was crucial for our representatives to hear, and played a pivotal role in getting SB 384 (Wiener) to the Governor’s desk.

We will continue to inform and participate in the development of the reformed sex offender registration system and show how registry reform can lead to better initiatives to center meaningful accountability and improve public safety. As part of the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB), CALCASA will continue to advocate for sex offender management that reflects survivors needs. This is a step in shifting the narrative of persons who have caused sexual harm and public safety that reflects the vast experiences of survivors. We are hopeful that this legislation can lead to better prevention and proactive solutions to ending sexual violence and look forward to what opportunities the next legislative session holds.

This is a guest blog post by Lisa Fujie Parks of Prevention Institute. 

PreventConnect’s David Lee participated in a September 2017 gathering of domestic violence and sexual violence prevention advocates and representatives from the public health, housing, and community development sectors. The meeting included partners from 4 California communities along with state partner organizations. The gathering was held at Prevention Institute, in Oakland, California as part of the Sectors Acting for Equity (SAFE) project with generous support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation. In addition to building relationships and understanding across communities, sectors, and movements, the gathering offered the opportunity to discuss a new Prevention Institute (PI) report that draws the connection between community environments and health and safety in our intimate relationships.

David Lee was interviewed for the report, and is quoted as stating,

“Prevention requires us to look at what is behind problems to identify the specific behaviors and the risk and protective factors associated with them. In primary prevention we then go further by asking what conditions in the environment contribute to and shape those behaviors.”

– David Lee, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Community environments that support safe relationships include those with norms that support gender equity and engagement in family matters, strong community responses to domestic violence, and housing and economic stability, among other factors. Addressing the drivers of inequities, such as unequal access to power and resources, is necessary to ensure that everyone has greater opportunities for access to the community conditions that support safe relationships, regardless of race, class, age, gender, sexual orientation, and other factors.

With support from Blue Shield of California Foundation, PI’s Sectors Acting for Equity (SAFE) project informs and strengthens a statewide approach to preventing domestic violence in California. Developed as part of the SAFE project, the new report acknowledges and builds on domestic violence prevention work taking place throughout the state and country. It also offers updated research, analysis, and next steps to systematically address this complex problem, including inequities in rates of domestic violence. The report identifies opportunities to shape community factors for 13 different sectors, including the public health sector and domestic violence services sector, as critical leaders and partnership-builders. It offers a method for multiple sectors to identify joint strengths, strategies, and outcomes to increase their effectiveness and impact.

By naming the factors that can create the conditions for safety and by honoring existing assets, this approach emphasizes strengths and resilience. Applying principles of health equity, the framework shows that community-level prevention and community-level intervention can be mutually supportive. In this way, California can address the needs of domestic violence survivors who are most marginalized and the communities to which they belong, in a manner that supports both healing from and prevention of domestic violence.

Many of the examples of action included in the report address both sexual violence and domestic violence. The report advocates for a holistic and inclusive approach to domestic violence prevention that includes state and local partners addressing sexual violence and community violence.

To read the report, learn about the approach, and get involved in the work moving forward in California, visit the Sectors Acting for Equity (SAFE) project web page or contact Lisa Fujie Parks or Morgan Croce at lisa@preventioninstitute.org and morgan@preventioninstitute.org.

 

New momentum for promoting safe relationships through supportive, equitable community environments in California