The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is proud to announce that it has been awarded $752,750 in total funding for three new, multi-year projects: California Immigration Legal Assistance Project (CILAP), a grant from Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program; Building Refuge for Immigration Detainees through Governance and Engagement (BRIDGE), a cooperative agreement from OVW; and Cybertech, a cooperative agreement from OVW. All grants are designed to better support survivors of sexual assault, addressing the unique needs of victim populations in California, and with Cybertech, across the nation.
In light of the recent remarks made by Presidential nominee Donald Trump, CALCASA is compelled to issue a statement on how sports culture presents an opportunity to prevent sexual violence.
Click here to view CALCASA’s statement. Additionally, we are please to share a policy brief and supplementary research that has been conducted by Raliance and UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health, regarding sports as platform for prevention and culture change.
We can no longer accept “locker room talk” as an excuse to normalize and perpetuate rape culture.
Over the past year, CALCASA has worked to create new and diverse funding streams for our member programs and to support local rape crisis centers the the survivors they serve – the CA Says NO MORE license plate and a voluntary contribution on the State tax return.
CALCASA has new graphics for you to use in order to promote both funding streams. We hope you download and post on social media to raise awareness and promote these opportunities to support your centers.
CALCASA is here to help your organization brainstorm the best ways to promote in your communities. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Yesterday, PreventConnect and CALCASA staff had the opportunity to attend the White House Summit on the United State of Women. The first-ever White House sponsored summit on gender equality was framed around five pillars including violence against women, health and wellness, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and innovation, and educational opportunity, leadership and civic engagement. The day was hosted by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Plenary speakers included President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Throughout the day, speakers recognized the recent tragedy in Orlando and highlighted the necessity of approaching violence prevention through an intersectional lens. Linkages were continuously made between our work in the prevention of sexual violence to overall health and wellness, and economic empowerment. For example, the performer Sarah Jones poignantly stated, “Working to end income inequality and violence against women go hand-in-hand.”
Another major theme of the day centered on equity and equality. President Obama spoke about the importance of building a more just, prosperous and free world through issues such as wage equality, access to health care and reproductive rights, and women’s entrepreneurship. A lighthearted moment of the day, but still with significance, came when President Obama proclaimed, “Our country is not just all about the Benjamins, it’s about the Tubmans, too!”
The summit was an opportunity for PreventConnect and CALCASA to demonstrate leadership nationally. Our Executive Director, Sandra Henriquez, moderated the panel “From Grassroots to Global: Breaking Cycles of Violence” which included a discussion on the progress we have made over the last 40-years and the current opportunity for culture change. The panel featured diverse advocate voices including organizations that are working on issues related to campus sexual assault and working with children and youth.
We are excited to continue these conversations during the CALCASA Statewide Conference hosted in Sacramento next week. As Bamby Salcedo from the TransLatin@ Coalition stated, we must maintain the momentum in the movement.
The National Partnership (NAESV, PreventConnect/CALCASA, and NSVRC)will be announcing the new name of the partnership later this month, along with the names of the first round of grantees. Up to $1.2 million will be awarded (combining the first two years of $600,000 each), for projects to begin on July 1 2016.
New Grant Program Timeline:
The next grant announcement is scheduled to be opened on July 5, with the initial Intent to Submit form due by July 25. This round of funded projects will begin on April 1, 2017 – March, 2018. Watch for the announcement immediately following the 4th of July weekend. We will sponsor and record an informational web conference about the grants on July 12 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM EST. Specific information about the call will be included in the Announcement.
All of us are reading the headlines in the news and seeing messages on social media with the recent rape conviction and 6 month jail term for former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, the subsequent release of the powerful words in the survivor’s letter to the court about the sentencing, and the letter from Turner’s father describing the rape as “20 minutes of action.”
This is a moment that we must recognize where, yet again, sexual assault has taken the stage in the media and on the minds of the general public. The events on the Stanford campus and the subsequent court case have lead to a space for a survivor to share her voice, for system responses to be exposed and challenged, and to galvanize public outcry against sexual assault and gender-based bias.
This is how we shift cultural norms to end rape culture. We pull the issue out of the shadows so that a meaningful conversation can be curated. We leverage the opportunity to build capacity, educate stakeholders and the general public, and demand an end to sexual violence.