SCAM ALERT – False conference invitation being distributed

It has come to our attention that a fake international conference announcement is being distributed in CALCASA's name. The title of the conference is "Crises of Sexual assault and violence against women/war against women trafficking and child labor international workshop." This conference announcement is a scam - the distributor of this scam it has NO affiliation [...]

Exciting News! California Advancing PREA Online Modules

  CALCASA and JDI are pleased to announce the completion of the California Advancing PREA Project Modules. CALCASA and JDI have been offering support and guidance to all rape crisis centers on how to build strong relationships with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) staff and how to create sustainable agreements and protocols for [...]

Bare Necessities: Economic Justice to End Sexual Assault

There is no meaningful empowerment without meaningful access to the important everyday resources and the basic needs of life—food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, community. For survivors of sexual assault, the impact of that trauma nearly always has an economic impact and/or it forces an economic choice. For those struggling with poverty or homelessness, taking the time [...]

NISVS New National Study with State Report

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) that includes national and state-level findings from data collected from 2010-2012 on sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010-2012 State Report includes is accompanied [...]

Protecting Autonomy “Know Your Rights” Resources

YWCA Glendale recently shared a great resource for rape crisis center programs, and any community organization, to facilitate a "Know Your Rights" training. For survivors of sexual violence, preventing retraumatization iterates the importance of a person's autonomy and choice.  Knowing and understanding a person's rights with law enforcement is a key aspect of preventing retraumatization when [...]

Dismantling Oppression: Focusing on Racial Justice to End Sexual Violence

Sexual violence impacts everyone and all aspects of a survivor’s life.CALCASA recognizes and seeks to center an intersectional approach to ending sexual violence. So far, we have covered the intersections of faith-based communities, transformative justice, and health and wellness. This blog briefly discusses the importance of looking at racial justice in the context of sexual [...]

Our Bodies, Our Selves: Building connections to the body post-traumatic experiences

I discovered yoga my last semester of college and it forever changed my healing journey. Yoga transported me to a different time and place. It was in the moments of silence that I learned to go deep within myself and watch the feelings of: pain; disgust; fear; anxiety; betrayal, as clouds passing by. I acknowledged [...]