1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans has been a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Join other leaders in jeans and sign the pledge to end sexual violence.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

South Steps, California State Capitol

RSVP to Shaina Brown


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

ribbonCALCASA is pleased to release its 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) materials.

CALCASA has put together a series of materials for use by California Rape Crisis Center Programs during SAAM. We encourage you to utilize these materials as a mechanism by which to generate funds, broaden partnerships and spread the message about sexual violence response and prevention.  Download each document in the “Downloadable Documents” section at the bottom of the page.

2013 Materials
Fact Sheets

The 2013 SAAM fact sheets include 4 sheets on the following topics:

Coming soon, each program will be provided with an individualized infographic for you to use with your legislators in order to demonstrate the need for raising funds to address sexual violence.

Media Guide

The 2013 SAAM media guide includes the following documents to assist in your efforts:

Denim Day California

Denim DayCALCASA is pleased to work with Peace Over Violence to develop Denim Day California materials. The purpose of Denim Day is to wear jeans as a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual violence. Denim Day California will take place on April 24, 2013. As CALCASA will recognize Denim Day on the steps of the State Capitol, many rape crisis centers will be holding their own Denim Day California events through the state. In March we will make available the logos, user guide, a Denim Day Toolkit developed by Peace Over Violence and send each center some Denim Day California materials.

NSVRC SAAM Materials

It's TimeThe National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) focus for this year’s SAAM is healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. NSVRC have developed materials using the themes of “It’s Time … to Talk About It.” (Available at


Yesterday, legislators from across the state joined sexual assault advocates in recognizing Denim Day California, an event in which participants wear denim to “break the dress code and speak out against sexual violence.” CALCASA hosted the annual Denim Day rally on the West steps of the state Capitol.

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Wear denim as a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Today is Denim Day, an event across California and the nation in which participants wear denim to “speak out against sexual violence.” Today CALCASA will host the annual Denim Day rally at the California state Capitol. Legislators and victim advocates will have an opportunity to speak at the event and sign a pledge to work together to prevent and end sexual violence.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Denim Day is a an opportunity for rape crisis centers and rape prevention programs across the state to engage their communities, public officials and stakeholders, and shine the light on the issue of sexual assault. [click to continue…]

April 2012 has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is excited to partner with public officials, college campuses, law enforcement, victim advocates and communities across California to raise awareness. [click to continue…]

Week of May 16, 2011

Below is a summary of actions filed on legislation that CALCASA is currently tracking as of May 16th. The list includes bills that CALCASA is supporting and opposing. We included links to each bill, so that you can read the text. Help CALCASA push our legislative agenda by signing up and Taking Action!

AB 446 (Carter D)   Juveniles: restorative justice program.
Status: 5/16/2011-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Location: 5/16/2011-S. RLS.
Would authorize a county to adopt a restorative justice program to address the needs of minors, victims, and the community. The bill would require the restorative justice program to be implemented through a restorative justice protocol developed by the juvenile court in conjunction with the prosecutor, public defender, and other interested groups. The bill would prohibit the use of General Fund moneys to fund the program. The bill would include related findings and declarations.

AB 520 (Ammiano D)   Sentencing.
Status: 5/18/2011-In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
Location: 5/18/2011-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
Would provide that the court may not impose an upper term based on aggravating facts unless the facts were first presented to the factfinder and the factfinder found the facts to be true. The bill would require the court to state the reasons for its sentence choice on the record at the time of sentencing, including the specific facts in aggravation, if any, the court relied upon to impose an upper term. This bill contains other related provisions.

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Friday Policy Update