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MCASA in the News: The Pervasive Nature of Sexual Harassment in Our Society

An article from Bustle reacts to actress Amber Tamblyn’s recent New York Times Op-Ed about society’s disturbing tendency to dismiss women’s allegations of sexual harassment. In her Op-Ed, Tamblyn wrote about her experiences in the entertainment world, and discussed the many barriers to reporting sexual harassment women face.  Citing Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) materials, the article details some […]

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Location Change: MCASA’s 32 Hour Victim Advocate Training

The training will be held on the La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland in the Community Education (CE) Building, Room 101. Parking is available in Parking Lot 1.  

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MCASA’s Trauma Informed Training

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) will host a special trauma-informed training with former Supervisory Special Agent Lori D. Heitman, a managing partner and co-founder of Strand & Heitman Innovative Forensic Technologies LLC.  Mrs. Heitman, who was a Supervisory Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, is a nationally-recognized expert […]

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Registration Open for MCASA’s Suburban Maryland Regional Campus Training

Registration is now open for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA’s) Regional Campus Training for the Suburban Maryland region. Monday, October 2, 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm St. John’s College 60 College Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401 MCASA’s regional trainings for colleges and universities focus on sexual violence prevention and response on campus, particularly, survivor-centered responses […]

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Registration Open for MCASA’s Baltimore Regional Campus Training

Registration is now open for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA’s) Regional Campus Training for the Baltimore Maryland region. Friday, September 15, 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm Loyola University 4501 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210 MCASA’s regional trainings for colleges and universities focus on sexual violence prevention and response on campus, particularly, survivor-centered responses to […]

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Registration Open for Human Trafficking 201 – Advanced Clinical Training for Licensed Mental Health Providers

Registration for this Fall’s Human Trafficking 201 – Advanced Clinical Training for Licensed Mental Health Providers who have attended the Human Trafficking 101 is now open! The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force Victim Services Subcommittee is pleased to offer this advanced clinical training for those direct service providers who have already attended the Task Force’s […]

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Registration Open for 2017 MWOCN Conference

Registration Open for 2017 MWOCN Conference

Hurry, early bird registration ends Friday, September 15, 2017! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!  CEUs will be offered. For more information email info@mcasa.org or call 301-328-7023

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MCASA in the News: Charles County Child Porn Case Highlights Importance of Talking to Kids About Sexual Abuse

A recent news story from W*USA 9 sheds light on a case in Charles County, where a former teacher’s aide and coach faces multiple charges of child pornography involving at least 24 student victims. The article states that 11 of the 24 victims remain unidentified, posing a challenge to prosecutors working on this investigation. In the article, […]

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Registration Open for MCASA’s 32-Hour Victim Advocate Training

Registration Is Open for MCASA’s  Comprehensive 32-Hour Victim Advocate Training September 18-21, 2017 La Plata, Maryland   Register now to attend the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (MCASA) Comprehensive 32-Hour Victim Advocate Training.  The training will take place from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Monday, September 18 through Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the College of Southern Maryland, located at 8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646. This […]

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Save The Date: MCASA’s Trauma-Informed Training

SAVE THE DATE! The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) will host a special trauma-informed training with former Supervisory Special Agent Lori D. Heitman, a managing partner and co-founder of Strand & Heitman Innovative Forensic Technologies LLC.  Mrs. Heitman, who was a Supervisory Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, is […]

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Registration Open for MCASA’s Western Maryland Regional Campus Training

Registration is now open for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA’s) Regional Campus Training for the Western Maryland region. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm Allegany College of Maryland 12401 Willowbrook Rd Cumberland, MD 21502 MCASA’s regional trainings for colleges and universities focus on sexual violence prevention and response on campus, particularly, survivor-centered responses to […]

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Federal Action Alert: Urge the Senate to Protect Health Care Access

Federal Action Alert: Urge the Senate to Protect Health Care Access

Federal Action Alert  Urge the Senate to Protect Health Care Access   The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) joins with our national partner, The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, in calling to action those who support survivors of sexual violence to urge the Senate to protect health care access.  Several ways to take part […]

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Registration Open for MCASA’s Eastern Shore Regional Campus Training

Registration is now open for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA’s) Regional Campus Training for the Eastern Shore region. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury, MD 21804 MCASA’s regional trainings for colleges and universities focus on sexual violence prevention and response on campus, particularly, survivor-centered responses to reports of sexual […]

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Support MCASA at Cafe Rio Mexican Grill on Wednesday, June 21st!

On Wednesday, June 21st, you can enjoy a delicious meal at Cafe Rio Mexican Grill all while supporting the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. To participate, just head to Cafe Rio on 3140 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD anytime on June 21st and present your fundraising voucher (print yours here or download it to […]

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Registration Open for June 2017 32-Hour Victim Advocate Training

Registration Is Open for MCASA’s  Comprehensive 32-Hour Victim Advocate Training June 26-29, 2017 Baltimore, Maryland   Register now to attend the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (MCASA) Comprehensive 32-Hour Victim Advocate Training.  The training will take place from 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m., Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Salvation Army Maryland & West Virginia Divisional […]

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Save The Date: 2017 MWOCN Conference

Save The Date: 2017 MWOCN Conference

SAVE THE DATE The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Women of Color Network (MWOCN), with support from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH),  announces its 2017 Annual Conference:  Building Healing and Resilience: Untangling the Web of Trauma’s Impact Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Bowie State University  Keynote Speakers: Tonier Cain, Author of Healing Neen […]

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MCASA Joins Letter to Congress Supporting Robust Funding for Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs

MCASA joins over 900 local, state, and national organizations in a letter to Senators Richard Shelby, Jeanne Shaheen, Roy Blunt, and Patty Murray and Representatives John Culberson, José Serrano, Tom Cole, and Rosa DeLauro calling for increased funding for programs that address sexual assault and domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Victims […]

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Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” Criticized for Graphic Depictions of Suicide and Rape

Advocates are concerned that Netflix’s popular series “13 Reasons Why” may be triggering for people with a history of sexual violence or with a history of suicidal ideation. It is important for counselors who work at crisis centers and with survivors of sexual assault to be aware of the content of this series and how […]

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Registration Open for MCASA’s Southern Maryland Regional Campus Training

Registration is now open for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) Regional Campus Training for the Southern Maryland region. This is the first training in the third year of MCASA’s Regional Campus Training series. College of Southern Maryland (La Plata Campus) 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646 Monday, May 22, 2017 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. […]

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Cosmopolitan Magazine: Maryland Fails to Pass Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

A recent Cosmopolitan OpEd jointly authored by Maryland Delegate Kathleen Dumais and MCASA’s own Executive Director Lisae Jordan discusses the repeated failure of the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act. Maryland is one of just seven states with no mechanism to terminate the parental rights of a rapist when a […]

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Children Conceived Without Consent

A recent Baltimore Sun editorial criticizes Maryland’s legislature for its failure to pass the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act for the ninth year in a row. Comparing the list of people responsible for the bill’s failure to a game of “Clue,” the Sun suggests several members of the legislature who could have acted to save the […]

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Changes to Maryland’s Outdated Rape Definition Means Victims No Longer Have to Prove Physical Resistance

A recent Huffington Post article highlights upcoming changes to Maryland’s sexual assault statutes, modernizing the state’s law to clarify that victims of rape are never required to physically resist an attack. With the new law scheduled to go into effect in October, this change is a significant improvement which will make a difference in the lives of […]

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NYT: Another Long Delay for Rape Custody Bill in Maryland

A recent New York Times article explains that bipartisan support in the General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) support of the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act were not enough to keep it alive. In a rare feat, the bill had support from a wide variety of organizations and perspectives, including the Maryland Catholic Conference and Planned Parenthood […]

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Post Critical of Failure to Pass Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

Washington Post Critical of Failure to Pass Rape Survivor Family Protection Act Editorial Board calls on legislators to address bill if General Assembly holds Special Session A Washington Post editorial asks if the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act was doomed due to “incompetent leadership or actual animus” after the bill died in the final hours of the Maryland […]

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All-Male Panel Determines the Fate of Women Who Become Pregnant as a Result of Rape

All-Male Panel Determines the Fate of Women Who Become Pregnant as a Result of Rape The Maryland General Assembly made national news this week, and not in a good way. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act would have created a process to terminate the rights of a rapist when their victim became pregnant as a result of rape. […]

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2017 Legislative Priorities – Final Report

2017 Legislative Priorities – Final Report One of MCASA’s most important responsibilities is to advocate for strong public policies to support sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them.  MCASA advocates with lawmakers, the Governor’s office, and their staffs to ensure that the voices of survivors are heard.  During the 2017 legislative session, the […]

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Major Sexual Assault Reforms Enacted, but Rape Survivor Bill Fails Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Major Sexual Assault Reforms Enacted, but Rape Survivor Bill Fails Again All Male Conference Committee Decides Fate of Rape Bill Silver Spring, Md., April 11, 2017 — The Maryland General Assembly has enacted a package of bills creating wholescale reforms to the state’s sexual assault laws. Over a half-a-dozen bills passed the […]

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Save the Dates! MCASA’s Regional Campus Training 2017-2018 Series

SAVE THE DATES! The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) is happy to announce the third round of our Regional Campus Training Series for colleges and universities around Maryland. Each training will be from 9AM-5PM on the dates and at the locations listed below. MCASA’s regional trainings for colleges and universities focus on sexual violence prevention […]

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)-Engaging New Voices

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)-Engaging New Voices

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM!  This year’s theme for SAAM is ‘Engaging New Voices’ It is crucial to engage new voices from broader audiences to speak up against sexual violence and change the culture. This year, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced the theme of ‘Engaging New Voices’ in order to reach […]

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CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS: Support HB1560

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS: Support HB1560

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS SUPPORT HB1560: CONSENT EDUCATION FOR MARYLAND STUDENTS It’s On Us PSA: Autocorrect 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men experience rape during their time at college. If we’re serious about changing this alarming statistic and preventing sexual violence in our communities, education about consent needs to begin before college.  This […]

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