California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Phone: 1-916-446-2520
Fax: 1-916-313-3742
Types of Services Offered: Information & Referral, Sexual Assault Services, Education & Training
Category: Non-Profit

Originally founded in 1980 as the California State Coalition of Rape Crisis Centers, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) was created by rape crisis centers from across the state interested in creating a unified voice to advocate on behalf of the statewide needs of survivors, system’s change, funding needs and policy advocacy.

In 1997, CALCASA received the funding to open a fully staffed office in Oakland, California. Today, there are three offices located in Sacramento and Pasadena California and Washington D.C.

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) provides leadership, vision and resources to rape crisis centers, individuals and other entities committed to ending sexual violence. CALCASA is committed to ending sexual violence through a multifaceted approach of prevention, intervention, education, research, advocacy and public policy. Through ongoing communication and meetings with constituents, CALCASA relays the challenges and successes of local work to the statewide and national levels and best practices, evidence-based and practice-based programs at the state and national levels to local constituents.

Since CALCASA has a national and local perspective of emerging issues and is also familiar with the demographic and cultural makeup of California, it can help to support the work of member centers by designing effective ways to address and integrate developing issues into the direct service programs of rape crisis centers, including providing training and technical assistance that many members may not otherwise be able to access.

**Updated as of 9/7/2020**

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.

Public Advocacy
CALCASA’s Public Policy team works to address California and federal legislation that affect California’s Rape Crisis Centers and survivors of sexual assault. These efforts include drafting, reviewing and lobbying for policies that

  • provide funding to services for victims of sexual violence; and
  • to encourage systems change to aid survivors and those who serve them.
In order to fulfill the mission to end sexual violence, CALCASA recognizes that in addition to responding to the needs of those who have be sexually assaulted, efforts must be made to prevent sexual violence from occurring in the first place.

Accordingly, CALCASA considers prevention an essential element of its activities.

Sexual violence prevention goes beyond creating awareness of the issue and alerting community members of services available. It requires shifting the community norms that contribute to sexual violence, promoting the norms and behaviors that we want to see and participating in efforts to advance social justice.

CALCASA supports prevention both within California and nationally. The agency’s national project PreventConnect is the leading online community dedicated to advancing prevention.

Within California, CALCASA is an advocate for prevention activities, and provides training and technical assistance to support prevention practitioners in building effective prevention efforts in their communities.  CALCASA provides training and technical assistance to California’s Rape Crisis Centers, including those centers that receive Rape Prevention and Education contracts from the California Department of Public Health.

**Updated as of 9/7/2020**

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