We look to our legal system to help prevent sexual violence. Criminal laws against rape, human trafficking, child sexual abuse, and other sex crimes are seen as deterrents to violence and sources of justice for survivors. But other aspects of the law are just as important to preventing and responding to sexual violence. Civil laws can also provide protection, choice, and justice.
This issue includes articles by three legislators about their proposals to help respond to sexual violence through changes in our civil laws. Delegate Kathleen Dumais writes about Human Trafficking and how to help stop it by requiring traffickers
In today’s edition of Frontline, we celebrate how far MCASA and the movement against sexual violence has come since 30 years ago. Make sure you sign up to receive Frontline (our quarterly e-newsletter) in your inbox here. If you missed it, you can read all six articles below.
Reports from each of our programs on the highlights of years past and what’s to come:
MCASA Women of Color Network, founded 2001 (Link)
Sexual Assault Response Systems, founded 2002 (Link)
Sexual Assault Legal Institute, founded 2003 (Link)
Member Program Spotlight: Five Questions with Heartly House (Link)
JANUARY 19, 2012
A recent, personal experience reaffirmed for me the importance of taking action when you think there’s even a possibility that someone is at risk. I think we all asked the same question after news of the indictments against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky broke: How could so many people have stood by and not protected those children?
Like many advocates working in the field, I believe in primary prevention. But until we are able to fully fund and develop effective prevention campaigns, we find ourselves continuing to provide services to survivors
MAY 8, 2012
As the debate over the Violence Against Women Act moves to the House, we are reminded daily about what’s at stake — the care and well-being of tens of thousands of sexual assault survivors across our state. We salute the state’s 17 rape crisis and recovery centers and each of you working in the field for your work — providing compassionate, quality care to the survivors that you serve. The articles offered in this quarter’s edition of Frontline, focus on caring for survivors of sexual assault — from legal, systemic and very personal
JULY 13, 2012
I am reminded too often in this position that stereotypes around sexual assault still persist. Vulnerable populations are marginalized by perceptions that sexual assault doesn’t happen to them. Too many believe that rape and sexual abuse don’t happen in their community – not their campus, not their group, not their family, not their church. Yet with hundred of thousands of survivors of sexual violence living in Maryland, you and I know that it does happen in every community, across every class and race and gender.
The invisibility of these survivors enables the epidemic to continue.
OCTOBER 27, 2011
I attended a meeting recently of advocates from around the country working on primary prevention and several roundtables focused on reaching out to youth. And I was surprised to learn that we have been able to undertake many more initiatives in our state than some of our colleagues across the nation.
While prevention dollars are limited, like funds for everything else, we are fortunate to have a strong, core network of professionals working to address sexual assault on Maryland’s campuses.
Nearly 100 professionals have signed-up for the Mini-college Conference series hosted by the University
JUNE 14, 2011
There’s so much good work being done these days on primary prevention efforts–including our very own Speak Up. Speak Out. campaign. But when it comes to technology and its inherent dangers, don’t forget that a dose of good old risk reduction can be an asset in staying safe while leveraging all that technology has to offer.
In this issue of Frontline, in addition to an article about the rights of surviviors in Maryland’s criminal process, our staff will also talk about technology, how it
MARCH 7, 2011
If you’re a member of law enforcement or of the legal or medical communities, you may be looking at others to do the heavy lifting when April comes around. Even within our organizations, we’re often unsure of who should “own” Sexual Assault Awareness Month. But the truth is that we all do.
It shouldn’t just fall on the shoulders of the education, outreach or prevention specialists on your staff. And it shouldn’t just fall to the coalitions or the rape crisis & recovery centers. It is one of our
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