Transformative Conversations: Think Differently to End Sexual Assault — CALCASA 2017 Statewide Conference

Transformative Conversations: Think Differently to End Sexual Assault — CALCASA 2017 Statewide Conference

(Source) How can we think differently to end sexual assault? That was theme of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)’s 2017 Statewide conference which brought together 500 people committed to ending sexual assault. The speakers and workshops centered the voices of youth, queer and/or transgender people of color, and immigrants in these transformative conversations. We’re pleased to share videos of plenaries from this conference.

Keynote speaker Beckie Masaki from Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence opened the conference with remarks on how loss is inherent to change and transitions, not just for those in crisis.

During the opening session, M.L. Daniel from Faith Trust Institute asked everyone to consider “who’s not being helped because we failed to show up in our fullness?”

On the second day of the conference, Alejandra Valles led the room in a “¡YA BASTA!” chant channeling the voices of SEIU United Service Workers West, centering the voices of survivors as the experts, to say “enough is enough” to sexual violence.

Mia Mingus from Bay Area Transformative Justice challenged everyone to think differently about accountability and consider reframing conversations from “holding someone accountable” to “supporting someone to be accountable for their behavior.”

Hawa Adam and Kiran Waqar from Muslim Girls Making Change pressed everyone to invite youth into their spaces while being mindful of adultism and providing the necessary supports for youth to remain engaged and a part of the movement to end sexual violence.

Additional pictures, videos, materials and more from the conference will be available on CALCASA’s website soon.

CALCASA will host the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference in Anaheim, CA on August 29-31, 2018

Save the Date for #NSAC2018 Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.


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