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Freedom from Sexual Violence

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Testimony on SB 19-007

Testimony presented by CCASA Director of Policy, Raana Simmons, April 18, 2019: Good afternoon Madam Chair and members of the committee: my name is Raana Simmons, I am the Director of Policy for the Colorado…

At This Moment…

Written By Laura Ostrow, CCASA Survivor Task Force member (TW: Sexual Assault) At this moment, one year ago, I was about to be raped. No, I wasn’t walking in an alley alone. No, I wasn’t…

CCASA TESTIMONY: HB 19-1032

Testimony submitted by Raana Simmons, CCASA Policy Director to Colorado House of Representatives, Health and Insurance Committee on Jan. 30, 2019: Good afternoon Madam Chair and members of the committee: my name is Raana Simmons,…

Help Reauthorize VAWA!

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, recognizes the insidious and pervasive nature of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking and supports comprehensive, effective and cost-saving responses to these crimes. VAWA…

Hearing Beale Street

Written by Jolene Cardenas (Spoilers ahead: “If Beale Street Could Talk” Written by James Baldwin,  2018 film directed by Barry Jenkins) “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.” ― James Baldwin,…