Why CCASA Matters Now More than Ever!
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) was founded in 1984 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to be the collective voice of rape crisis advocates across the state of Colorado. Today, our membership includes sexual assault survivors, victim advocates, rape crisis centers, dual domestic violence and sexual assault programs, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, public health agencies, college and university campuses, medical professionals, offender treatment programs, public officials, as well as other organizations and concerned individuals throughout Colorado. As a statewide coalition, CCASA supports our members, partners, and the broader community through technical assistance, training, information and referrals, educational materials, statewide systems change, and public policy education and advocacy.
For more than 30 years, CCASA has been instrumental in a variety of areas. At the federal level, CCASA worked to discourage rollbacks to Title IX, advocated for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); condemned harmful federal immigration policies that separated children and parents; and opposed the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ proposal to eliminate the rights of transgender, intersex and non-binary people. Here in Colorado, CCASA championed the creation of protections for students in higher education who have experienced sexual misconduct; advocated for legislation to require public K-12 schools to teach about consent in comprehensive human sexuality education, supported safeguards against sexual assault on those in custody or detained; promoted a Civil Rape Shield Law; and educated lawmakers, government leaders and the public about sexual violence and the needs of survivors. In the 2020 legislative session, CCASA supported a bill to require sexually abuse providers to disclose to patients; fought for funds for community-based domestic violence and rape crisis centers with $500,000 from the Federal CARES Act; and supported the continuation of the Sex Offender Management Board for another year.
CCASA’s trainings include topics ranging from fighting human trafficking to expanding language access for services to all victims. So far in 2020, CCASA has provided trainings in Title IX changes, reporting options, COVID 19 resources, reproductive justice, rights of incarcerated survivors, plus many others. In spite of the limitations of the pandemic, CCASA still virtually held the annual Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference; the Campus Meeting; the Sexual Assault Advocate Training Institute; and the Sexual Assault Response Team Institute.
Another major project of CCASA which will be unveiled soon is the “You Have the Right” campaign. The campaign is a new website with information for survivors and their family and friends about sexual assault reporting options and resources. Additionally, a toolkit for service providers and communities, which will include resources and information for communicating about the campaign, will also be available.
One of CCASA’s biggest annual fundraisers, Colorado Denim Day, had to be quickly revamped at the last minute due to COVID 19. The event was held virtually, but our fundraising goal wasn’t reached. Unfortunately, due to pandemic, other donation dollars have been very limited in 2020.
There are so many critically important issues calling for your attention today. More and more, CCASA is being asked to weigh in on intersectional issues, such as immigration, environmental justice, workplace harassment, and more. This type of intersectional work is vitally important to creating a culture in which violence of all forms is not tolerated.
Please include CCASA in your giving plan! Our CFC Code is 59127. Thank you for your interest in supporting CCASA’s work to provide leadership, advocacy, and support to address and prevent sexual violence.