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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 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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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 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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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senate Committee Passes Weakened Version of Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Senate Committee Passes Weakened Version of Rape Survivor Family Protection Act Amendments Would Permit Publishing Names of Rape Victims and Children Silver Spring, Md., March 15, 2017— The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act passed the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last night with amendments weakening protections for rape victims and children conceived […]

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Register for Central Maryland Regional Campus Training at UMD

Registration is now open for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) Regional Campus Training for the Central Maryland region. The training will be held at University of Maryland, College Park on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 9-5pm. MCASA’s regional trainings focus on sexual violence prevention and response in the college setting, with an emphasis on […]

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Through A Different Lens

MCASA|WOCN 2016 Conference -Through A Different Lens: A Focus On Special Populations

  The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) announces the opening of registration for its annual MCASA Women of Color Network (MWOCN) conference to be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Bowie State University.  MWOCN strives to promote education, advocacy and leadership in communities in order to improve […]

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MCASA Applauds Bill Modernizing Maryland’s Rape Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Updated February 1, 2017  MCASA Applauds Bill Modernizing Maryland’s Rape Law Sexual Assault Victims Will Not Have to Physically Resist Silver Spring, Md., September 22, 2016; Updated February 1, 2017 — Sexual assault victims would never be required to physically resist a rapist under legislation being proposed for Maryland’s 2017 legislative session.  Maryland’s current sexual assault […]

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Registration now OPEN: 32-Hour Comprehensive Victim Advocate Training, September 12-15, 2016

MCASA invites you to attend this fall’s 32-hour Sexual Assault Victim Advocate training! Registration is now open.  32-Hour Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training Peninsula Regional Medical Center 100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury, MD 21801 September 12, 13, 14, and 15 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Click Here To Register This 32-hour training is designed for […]

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Program Spotlight: Charles County Center for Abused Persons

Each quarter, Frontline profiles one of Maryland’s 17 rape crisis and recovery centers. This quarter, we turn the spotlight on the Center For Abused Persons, a dual sexual assault-domestic violence program serving Charles County. What is your name and title, and how long have you worked with your agency?  Annette Gilbert-Jackson, Executive Director. I’ve worked […]

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College Consortium: Unpacking the AAU Survey Data

By Marian Firke Program Coordinator (Prevention and Education) This quarter, we are introducing a new, regular feature to Frontline. Our College Consortium column will focus on key developments concerning college sexual assault prevention and response. As our College Consortium continues to grow, we hope that this will be another medium for us to support Maryland’s […]

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Frontline, Winter 2014 Issue

Frontline, Winter 2014 Issue: 10 Years of SALI 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 […]

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Request for Online Public Testimony

Last year, the Maryland legislature heard testimony about barriers that victim/survivors face when they sought an exam after sexual assault. These barriers included finding hospitals that perform exams, incurred costs, language barriers, and transportation issues.  In response to these concerns raised, the General Assembly created the Planning Committee to Implement Improved Access to Sexual Assault […]

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Urge a favorable report on Maryland House Bill 503

Under current Maryland state law, rapists who impregnate women in the course of sexually assaulting them have the same full parental rights as other biological parents. Maryland HB503 will change this, but only if the Judiciary Committee has the opportunity to vote on the bill. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act, House Bill 503, had […]

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MCASA’s 2015 SAAM Training and Activism Day

University of Maryland, College Park, McKeldin Special Events Room 6137 Thursday, April 2, 2015 Time: 8:30am-4:30pm This free event will bring together experts in the field of campus sexual assault to discuss the latest research, policies, legal challenges, interdisciplinary cooperation, and reporting issues regarding campus sexual assault. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a […]

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MCASA’s Legislative Priorities

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Legislative Alert for HB503 The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act

URGENT ACTION NEEDED – PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL WITH SUPPORT FOR HB503 5% of rape victims of reproductive age (age 12-45) become pregnant as a result of rape, with the majority of pregnancies in adolescents.  Under current Maryland state law, rapists who impregnate women in the course of sexually assaulting them have the same full parental […]

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Sexual Assault in the Maryland School System

Eric Luedtke, Maryland House of Delegates As a teacher, I believe there is no professional obligation more central to my job than keeping my students healthy and safe. Before we teach our kids math, or science, or reading, they need to know that the schools they attend are places where they will not be harmed. The […]

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SafetySync: Revenge Porn

Erin Leffew, MCASA, Program Coordinator (Prevention & Education) While previous SafetySyncs have focused on specific apps or websites, this edition is going to take a look at revenge porn: what it is, what the revenge porn law in Maryland is, and things to consider to protect yourself. Revenge porn involves the nonconsensual distribution of an […]

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Frontline, Winter 2015 Issue

January 20th, 2015 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, […]

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Schedule Status – MCASA’s Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Training

UMD, College Park / Last Updated: 2:55 p.m. February 17, 2015 –  Cancelled.  We will reschedule in the near future. February 18, 2015 – Regular Schedule      8:10 am – 5 pm

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Member Spotlight: Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program

What is your name and title and how long have you worked with your agency? My name is Nadja Soares Pereira Cabello, L.C.S.W.-C., Manager for Trauma Services: Abused Persons Program (APP) and Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) in the Department of Health and Human Services/Montgomery County. Tell us about your Rape Crisis Program […]

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Sexual Violence in Religious Communities

Summer Torres, MCASA, Program Coordinator (Underserved Populations)   The Washington Post recently reported a story on a Georgetown rabbi who was arrested and charged with six misdemeanor counts of voyeurism after allegedly planting multiple video cameras to secretly record at least six women in ritual baths, called mikvah. The rabbi was found in possession of multiple micro-cameras […]

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Prevention Corner: Childhood Sexual Abuse: Why it Matters and What We Can Do to Prevent It

Summer Torres, MCASA, Program Coordinator (Underserved Populations)   We don’t want to talk about it. It is much too horrifying for our minds and hearts to handle. We push it under the rug, we keep it hidden for generations. We tell ourselves, with false conviction and genuine denial, this doesn’t happen in my family. This […]

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Stop Putting the Burden on Survivors

Ariana Kelly, Chair of the Montgomery County House Democratic Caucus and a member of the House of Delegates and the Health and Government Operations Committee STOP PUTTING THE BURDEN ON SURVIVORS: IT’S TIME TO ESTABLISH A HOSPITAL BASED MEDICAL EXAM SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. If you or your daughter were raped, would you know which hospital […]

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Sponsor MCASA’s Annual Reception

MCASA will distribute a program book at MCASA’s Annual Reception Event on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Honorees include Delegate Luke Clippinger and Rosalyn Branson, Executive Director of TurnAround, Inc. To sponsor an ad in the booklet, please click one of the options below. After choosing the size you desire, please send the content to info@mcasa.org […]

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From Silence to Strength: The Passing of Erin’s Law

By: Erin Leffew, MA, Program Coordinator (Prevention & Education) Erin Merryn’s abuse began when she was six years old at the hands of an adult neighbor, who brutally raped her. “It was so brutal I thought I was dying. I remember being so utterly confused as I cried as to why he was smiling back […]

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Prevention in the LGBTQIA Community

By: Jacob Burdette, Former Intern The rates of sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence are higher amongst LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) individuals than those of their heterosexual counterparts. Despite this astonishing fact, there appears to be very few LGBTQIA specific prevention programs across the United States. With such […]

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Prevention Corner: The Changing Face of Prevention Education

By: Erin Leffew, MA, Program Coordinator (Prevention & Education) with Lara Kochnowicz, Intern Every two minutes, a woman is raped, and of those rapes, 80% are carried out by people the victim knows.[1] Prevention and education methods have sought to teach people, especially women, how to protect themselves against rape. This includes important safety tips […]

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