Amidst COVID-19, CA Rape Crisis Centers Still Support Survivors

Sacramento, CA - As Californians adapt to an ongoing state of emergency, and health officials across the globe mitigate the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and all rape crisis centers in California continue to support survivors of sexual violence.  We are making adjustments to ensure the safety of both survivors [...]

Advocating for confidentiality and trauma informed care in detention facilities

"It’s difficult to get on the phone and disclose everything that they’re going through [...]it does affect the way we’re providing services and how comfortable they are with receiving those services,” stated Claudia Estrada, Advocacy Manager at Rape Counseling Services of Fresno.   The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are some of the [...]

COVID-19 won’t stop our work to support survivors

Like all of you, we have been following the constant updates and changing information regarding the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).  We understand that this is a confusing and frustrating time, and as the safety net for sexual assault survivors in California, rape crisis centers are facing unique challenges under this State of Emergency declared by [...]

Weinstein is just one case, we have work to do

Earlier today, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on two counts of felony sex crimes and rape and sentenced to twenty three years in prison. With further indictments coming down the line, including from Los Angeles, we should expect further media coverage of this case. Yet, this is just one man. This case demonstrates the need [...]

Incarcerated Survivors: ‘We are here for YOU’

Sexual abuse in detention is absolutely preventable. Prisons and jails with committed leaders, good policies, and sound practices can keep people safe. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was a bipartisan effort that passed in 2003 which in turn also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for [...]

Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus Through Situational Prevention

Prevention practitioners are looking for ways to expand prevention to the community level of the social ecological model. One way to do that is through exploring and implementing situational prevention strategies. A new report, available to download on our website, provides prevention practitioners a framework for situational prevention in practice on college campuses.   Enhancing Campus [...]