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ICYMI – October

This October our dynamic training duo, Maria Mendez and Jenna Harper, once again hit the road to provide a CCASA member with training and resources. The two of them visited Regis University and provided an anti-oppression training. All CCASA programming confronts sexual violence by adhering to an anti-oppression framework, identifying root causes of sexual violence, training member agencies at all possible points of leadership, encouraging meaningful community collaborations; and centering identities, experiences, and healing on survivors of sexual assault. We’re proud that the work we do everyday reflects our organizational values and we’re able to share our dedication to anti-oppression with member programs across Colorado. If you’d like to request an anti-oppression training for your own organization, please reach out.

Members of the CCASA team have also been busy advocating for the funding for sexual assault programs throughout the state. Associate Director, Agueda Morgan, and Executive Director, Brie Franklin, spent time in October in discussion with the Colorado Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program. These conversations revolved around rolling out the American Rescue Plan Act funds for sexual assault services that have been received by the Colorado Legislature and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, CCASA’s new Public Policy Director, Elizabeth Newman, and Brie have been working with a coalition of victim services providers to develop strategy to advocate for additional ARPA funding during the upcoming 2022 Colorado legislative session. We will keep members and partners informed as we continue to push for increased funding for sexual assault programs.

Where have you seen You Have the Right lately? Throughout the month of October, Brie has spoken to several media professionals about the importance of Coloradans knowing their rights when it comes to reporting a sexual assault. Articles about the campaign have been featured in Out Front Magazine, 303 Magazine, The Fort Morgan Times, in addition to interviews on the PufCreativ Podcast and KBUT FM. For more information about the You Have the Right Campaign visit YouHaveTheRightCO.org, TieneElDerechoCO.org, or check out the campaign toolkit.

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