Our vision is that Maryland will be a state free of sexual violence.
By working to fulfill our mission, we hope to one day see our vision realized.
Our mission is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.
The Maryland Network Against Rape was renamed the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. (MCASA) in 1982. The organization grew out of a widespread desire to better address the needs of women across the state. Originally formed by the 13 rape crisis centers that existed at that time, the MCASA Board of Directors was made up of representatives from each local program and an elected president.
Today, MCASA is the federally-recognized state sexual assault coalition and responsible for certifying comprehensive rape crisis/sexual assault programs to ensure services are survivor centered. MCASA's core members are the state's 17 rape crisis centers, and the Coalition also represents the voices of many other member professionals, programs, and individuals committed to ending sexual violence. MCASA includes the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), which provides direct legal services to survivors of all ages across the state of Maryland. MCASA is the leading public policy advocate for survivors of sexual assault in Annapolis and more information about legislative priorities, public events, and services for survivors can be found on our website.
|Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
Coordination: Linking specially trained
healthcare providers to promote consistency
and high standards in evidence collection
and treatment across the state.
|College Consortium Project: Assisting
colleges and universities across Maryland
in the establishment of sexual violence task
forces on campus.
|Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Initiative: Creating multi-disciplinary
inter-agency teams to offer comprehensive,
sensitive and coordinated interventions for
sexual violence survivors.
|Maryland Women of Color Network:
Promoting education, advocacy, and
leadership in communities of color in
order to improve service delivery to victims.
We also provide technical assistance to professionals and serve as a clearinghouse for information on sexual violence related issues, in addition to providing the following resources:
Developed a sexual assault prevention program to share
|Held more than 570 trainings and conferences to
support Maryland professionals including law
enforcement, legal professionals, advocates, social
workers, forensic nurses, and more.
|Since 1993, provided testimony and other support in
the passage of more than 105 significant pieces of
|Launched state-wide advocate training to standardize
service delivery by victim advocates to survivors of
|Launched the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI), the
first ever of its kind in the state of Maryland, which has
served more than 3,390 clients since its inception.
Developed resources and manuals including: the SALI
|Launched the Maryland Women of Color Network in 2000
to focus on issues impacting underserved and diverse
|Provided technical assistance to thousands of
professionals, survivors, and members of the general
Formalized a program to support the state’s Sexual Assault
|Distributed tens of thousands of pieces of literature statewide.|