CALCASA has identified as a top priority for its work to ensure that survivors of sexual violence have effective empowerment-based advocacy as they begin the healing process from victim to survivor. Advocacy has been defined as “speaking on behalf of another,” and while CALCASA clearly understands that many times we must be the voice of another, our belief in the long-term empowerment of survivors requires us to provide a foundation for them to learn to be their own voice.
CALCASA works directly with member centers and partners across the country to build capacity to provide survivor-centered advocacy. Through trainings and conferences, site visits, web conferences and individual technical assistance, CALCASA staff provide leadership and support in areas ranging from issues of confidentiality, crisis intervention skills, balancing partnerships with survivor needs, and providing advocacy to populations of survivors that have been customarily underserved.
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