CALCASA Stands in Solidarity with Racial Justice Advocates: Criminalization will NOT end Sexual Violence

The fight to end sexual violence in the United States has always also required a concurrent fight against racism.  Prejudice and discrimination on the basis of both sex and race are woven together in the issue of sexual violence, and so we cannot effectively combat one without combatting the other.  As the nation grapples with [...]

#GivingTuesday 2020: Together We Give to Prevent and End Sexual Violence

Paypal On December 1, 2020, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Giving Tuesday promotes collective action in the spirit of giving on one day – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Thanksgiving- and the act of giving- means different things this year. [...]

Transgender Day of Remembrance Compels Us to Remember the Necessity of Inclusive and Intersectional Prevention

November 20th is National Transgender Day of Remembrance.  This is a time for communities to remember and uplift the memory of people who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence. Trans women, particularly trans women of color, experience violence and discrimination at alarmingly high rates and there are no signs to suggest that the [...]

The Trauma of Detention

Being locked up can be a traumatizing experience — especially for survivors of sexual abuse. In this webinar, we look at how incarceration itself can trigger extreme distress due to the loss of bodily autonomy and the isolation from loved ones. The webinar also touches on the inadequacy of correctional health care and the failure of many [...]

Providing Rape Crisis Services to Incarcerated Survivors with Mental Illness

    This webinar, intended for rape crisis counselors, provides an overview of the prevalence of mental illness in US detention facilities, reveals the inadequacy of mental health care provided by jails and prisons, and lays out best practices for advocates who provide rape crisis services to incarcerated survivors who have a mental illness. Handouts: Slides [...]

Taking Prevention Online: Tips and Best Practices for Facilitating Engaging Online Events and Tools

In August 2020, PreventConnect hosted a web conference titled Taking Prevention Online: Tips and Best Practices for Facilitating Engaging Online Events. This web conference was a timely resource for Preventionists nationwide who are still grappling with the challenges of adapting prevention programs in a virtual landscape. This web conference was hosted twice and facilitated by [...]

Best Practices for Disclosures: Supporting Youth in Online Prevention Programs

In October 2020, CALCASA’s RPE and SD teams hosted and facilitated yet another web serieson Tools and Best Practices for Disclosures: Supporting Youth in Online Prevention Programs. This web series, along with an accompanying toolkit, was developed in response to a stated need from prevention programs in California who had questions about responding to disclosures [...]