Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

My feminism class at the college this semester has been discussing a number of different issues including sexuality and legality. In the USA today, sexual harassment and sexual assault is still a major problem. It includes not just the problem of unwelcome physical, verbal, or visual conduct ‘that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment’. What is also included is non-sexual conduct because of the gender one identifies with or presents themselves as. In less severe cases (such as those not involving rape), usually more than one incident is necessary to count as harassment.

The statistics involving assault are horrifying; on average, at least one in four women will be sexually assaulted during their academic careers, usually by someone they know. What is also horrifying is the apparent belief that is pervasive even among young women, which is that it is sometimes okay for forced sex against someone’s wishes to happen. This is simply not true. Not only is it untrue, it’s illegal.

One of the resources we have discussed in class is the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. As they say on their website, their mission is to “[promote] safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence.” Some of their achievements include assistance in the law against marital rape in Colorado, training people for how to deal with the aftermath and how to work to prevent further assaults, and in the last year, support of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S. 1925, which has now passed through the U.S. Senate. CCASA also helps provide training, resources, networking opportunities, advocacy opportunities, and other ways you can get involved, everything from volunteer work to simple monetary donations.

As much as I wish this sort of organization was unnecessary, I think it is good that we do have at least a few resources available for those who need them.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
PO BOX 300398
Denver, CO 80203-0398
Hotline: 877-37-CCASA (372-2272)
Phone: (303) 861-7033
Fax: 303-832-7067
Web: http://www.ccasa.org
Email: info@ccasa.org

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