Sexual Assault is a complex issue with a variety of responses and nuances necessary to the individual who has survived it and the communities they identify with. MCASA provides training and technical assistance on a variety of topics including but not limited to:
Sexual assault in k-12 schools and college is a major issue in Maryland and across the nation. In addition to the criminal and civil legal systems, k-12 and college victims of sexual assault also have access to an administrative system within their school. Through their schools, they can gain access to on-campus counseling, academic accommodations, and other resources that are not available in the criminal and civil legal system.
Human sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers exploit another person through the use of force, fraud or coercion to engage in commercial sex acts. MCASA coordinates a statewide initiative with rape crisis centers across Maryland, referred to as the Coordinated Action Against Sex Trafficking (CAAST), to build statewide capacity to provide services to sex trafficking survivors.
Military Sexual Trauma effects hundreds of Marylanders each year. Through trainings and technical assistance, MCASA can help bridge military-civilian needs and concerns with regards to sexual violence. Information on military service providers and reporting options are available by clicking on the link below.
Enacted in 2003, with the final standards passing in 2012, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) established a “zero-tolerance” policy for sexual assault and rape in correctional facilities. PREA calls for correctional facilities to attempt to provide victim-inmates with services and support from a rape crisis centers.
Recognizing that women of color are an under-served population in the area of sexual violence, the MCASA’s Women of Color Network (MWOCN) strives to promote education, advocacy and leadership in communities in order to improve service delivery to victims and prevent sexual violence.
Further it is the goal of MWOCN to advocate for systems and policy change that will ensure the rights of indigenous and historically oppressed women.
Underserved populations often experience sexual violence in higher numbers than others. Approaching underserved populations with a sense of cultural humility is key to helping survivors heal. For resources on underserved populations and information on cultural humility, click the link below.