It is now back-to-school season for families throughout Maryland, and students from kindergarten through college are turning their focus towards returning to school. As we mark this season, it is important that we continue to address sexual violence affecting students of all ages.
College sexual assault remains a top priority for MCASA, as our College Policy Project continues to work towards improving collaboration and resource availability for college students throughout Maryland. Stopping college sexual violence requires strong and appropriate prevention efforts. In this vein, two features this quarter are focused on this issue of preventing sexual violence at colleges. Our
June 12, 2015
Sexual assault continues to receive unprecedented attention in national media. Sexual assault in the military, at college campuses, and in prisons have all been in the media spotlight. Awareness of human sex trafficking and sex assault of children has increased. Survivors of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are being recognized. Through it all, Maryland’s rape crisis and recovery programs continue to do what they have done for decades: respond to survivors and educate their communities. This issue of Frontline spotlights For All Seasons, the sexual assault program serving the mid-Eastern Shore.
This month marks the start of a new term for Maryland’s policymakers. We welcome a new Governor, new administration, and a record number of new legislators. MCASA continues to have an active voice in Annapolis and looks forward to continuing to craft policies to end sexual violence.
On January 22nd at Harry Browne’s, we will be honoring leaders in the anti-sexual violence movement for their work. Delegate Luke Clippinger, from Baltimore City; Rosalyn Branson, the Executive Director of Baltimore’s rape crisis center, TurnAround; and Laura Neuman, a survivor of sexual violence and
What can we do to prevent sexual violence?
It’s the question we hear from community members, policymakers, educators, and colleagues. In many ways, all of our work touches on prevention. Perpetrators are punished, in part, to provide deterrence. Protective orders and peace orders are issued to prevent future violence. Even counseling can have a preventative effect as we work with clients to help them set boundaries and recognize abusive behavior.
This issue of Frontline looks at current issues in primary prevention. In the past, prevention efforts often focused on potential victims — primarily women and
August 15, 2014
1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college.
This is the startling fact the White House Council on Women and Girls reported in their report, Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action. To increase the nation’s response to this sexual assault, the administration created a Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, which issued its first report, Not Alone in April. This report provides important guidance about responding to sexual assault on campuses and has renewed energy for addressing the issue.
Key to an effective response is
JANUARY 6, 2014
Ten years ago, MCASA created SALI – the Sexual Assault Legal Institute. It was one of the first and only legal services offices devoted solely to the needs of survivors of sexual assault and abuse. In the fall of 2003, SALI was created with the help of the Violence Against Women Office at the Department of Justice. OVW recognized that, while many victims of domestic violence had access to legal services, there were virtually no services for sexual assault survivors who were not intimate partners of their assailant. The Maryland Legal Services Corporation provided more support by
Human sex traffickers use threats, violence, or coercion to gain power over vulnerable individuals and treat their victims as modern-day slaves. By selling their victims’ bodies, the traffickers are able to make large amounts of money. While laws like the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 are in place to combat this massive crime against human rights, the number of victims of human trafficking continues grow and the MD HT Task Force of which MCASA is a member works hard to combat human trafficking in our state . This issue of Frontline includes articles
Sexual assault survivors deserve strong public policies. MCASA continues to advocate for survivors and the programs that serve them.
After long and partisan delays, the US Congress finally reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. I was honored to represent MCASA at the White House to see President Obama sign this important legislation into law.
Maryland’s legislative session ended on Monday and MCASA has been tracking over 50 bills. After years of advocacy, the Human Trafficking Asset Forfeiture bill passed and we will have an important new tool to fight sex trafficking. Other successes include bills
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