North Bay Women in Music Benefit for Verity

We are very excited to be one of two beneficiaries of an upcoming awesome weekend of music! Read more about this upcoming event online and buy your tickets here and get more information from the Facebook event! Read on for excerpts from an excellent article in the Press Democrat:

“From the #MeToo movement to the Women’s March to TIME magazine naming the Silence Breakers who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment “Person of the Year” for 2017, women are more in the forefront of public discussion and debate than ever.

One arena where women have gained an increasingly powerful voice is the music business. Contemporary singers Beyonce and Lorde, for example, have established an image of both strength and independence, following the tradition of pioneering women music stars like Carole King and Aretha Franklin.

Next weekend, the Rohnert Park-based North Bay Women in Music Collective will gather some of Northern California’s most respected longtime women musicians — including soul and blues singer Lydia Pense, guitarist Nina Gerber and boogie pianist Wendy DeWitt — for the inaugural Women in Music weekend.

The Women in Music weekend opens April 20 with the concert at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, followed April 21 by a seminar and music showcase at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati.

Money raised by the events will benefit Verity, a Santa Rosa community organization that provides services to victims of all forms of sexual violence regardless of gender or age, and to the Ron Martin Memorial Foundation to support music education, said the weekend’s organizer, Mandy Brooks of North Bay Women in Music Collective.”

Verity is so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community that is passionate about ending sexual violence and exploitation! See you on 4/20!

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Screening of “The Rape of Recy Taylor” in Sebastopol

The Rape of Recy Taylor

A Benefit for Verity
Thu, Mar 29 7pm

To Purchase Tickets Click HERE

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

More and more women are now speaking up after rape. Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ’40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.

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FREE Screening of the Mask You Live In


Come out to our free screening in Petaluma!

Join us on April 11th for a free screening of The Mask You Live In, a documentary on masculinity its effects on boys in America. Do you think American masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large? Do you want to learn about raising healthy and happy sons?

This documentary on the American “boy crisis” explains how to raise a healthier generation of men and features interviews with experts and academics. We will also be hosting a panel discussion with local experts after the film.

This screening will be co-hosted by the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women and Verity. We cannot end sexual violence or violence against women without bringing men into the conversation!

The screening will be held on April 11th at 7:00 PM at Boulevard 14 Cinemas in downtown Petaluma (200 C Street.) The event is free of charge and, in our opinions, appropriate for teenagers and preteens with guardian’s permission.

For more information, check out the event on Facebook or email info@ourverity!

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2017 Fundraising Breakfast Cancelled

We cannot, in good conscience, devote the time, money, and people-power necessary to putting on a fundraiser when our communities need that time, money, and people-power for far more pressing needs. Thank you so much for standing by us with this decision, which is made on behalf of our entire community of Sonoma County.

We hope to reschedule this event in the spring of 2018, once we know what the long-term impacts of this firestorm will be on our clients and on our community as a whole. In the meantime, please remember if you need absolutely anything from our team, please reach out and ask for help. We are here for you.

Read our letter here.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at or call us at 707-545-7270. Thank you for making Sonoma County’s community as strong as it is!

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Crianza con Su Niño(a) Después de un Trauma

Crianza con Su Niño(a) Después de un Trauma

un grupo mensual para padres y cuidadores

Los niños necesitan apoyo adicional después de experimentar el trauma de abuso sexual, y es posible que se desarrollen comportamientos y emociones difíciles.  Los padres y cuidadores también necesitan apoyo e información para cuidar a sus niños, sus familias, y a si mismos.

Este grupo mensual de habilidades y apoyo para padres y cuidadores enfrentará:

  • Las reacciónes emocionales, psycológicas, y de comportamiento que tienen los niños con frequencia después de experimentar un trauma, y como apoyar a su niño/a en lidiar con esos.
  • Lidiando con el trauma vicario de saber del abuso de su niño/a.
  • Como hablar con su niño/a sobre el abuso sexual y la seguridad, en una manera apropriado para su edad.
  • Estratégias de crianza positiva
  • Conectandose con recursos y con la comunidad

Apoyándole a su niño/a en su proceso de sanar del trauma puede ser agobiante.  La ayuda está a su alcanze, usted no está solo/a.  Unase a nosotros el 17 de Agosto de 4:00pm-5:00pm en la oficina prinical de Verity- 835 Piner Rd. Edifico D- para este grupo mensual sin costo.  Llame al 707-545-7270 para inscribirse.

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Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

a monthly skills and support group for parents and caregivers

Children who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse need extra support and may develop challenging behaviors and emotions.  Parents and caregivers also need support and guidance to nurture their children, families, and themselves.

This monthly skills and support group for parents and caregivers will address:

  • Common emotional, behavioral, and psychological reactions children have to experiencing trauma, and how to support your child in coping with them.
  • Coping with the vicarious trauma of learning about your child’s abuse
  • How to talk to your child about sexual abuse and safety in an age-appropriate way.
  • Positive parenting strategies
  • Connecting with resources and community

Supporting your child through healing from trauma can feel overwhelming.  Help is available, you are not alone.  Join us on the third Thursday of every month from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Verity main office (835 Piner Road, Suite D) for this free monthly group.

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SAVE THE DATE: Verity’s Third Annual Fundraising Breakfast

Cultivating Empowered Communities

Cultivando Comunidades Capacidades

Save the date! Verity is hosting our third annual fundraising breakfast to support and grow our Prevention Education Department! A huge part of our mission is to ensure that sexual violence is not perpetrated or tolerated in our community, and prevention is the first step. If you are interested in attending the “Cultivating Empowered Communities” breakfast, email!

Download our postcard to send to your friends.

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Sex Ed Classes for Latina Women

We are hosting a two-part series of Spanish speaking classes in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Petaluma for adult Latina women. We will discuss sex, personal boundaries, and how to communicate with your partner about these topics. We will also cover sexual health issues like protection against sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, and myths vs. facts about sex and sexuality. We would like Latina women to feel comfortable and welcome in these classes and will be offering free childcare for all attendees.

Look at our Public Calendar for dates, times, and locations. All classes will be offered solely in Spanish at this time.
For more information, call Stephanie at 707-565-4437.
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Clases de Educación Sexual para Mujeres Latinas

Ofrecemos una serie — cada una de dos clases — en español en Santa Rosa, Sonoma, y Petaluma para mujeres adultas Latinas. Hablaremos del sexo, límites personales, y cómo comunicar con su pareja sobre estos temas. También abordaremos temas de la salud sexual, como la protección contra enfermedades transmitidas sexualmente, anticoncepción, y mitos versus hechos sobre el sexo y la sexualidad. Queremos que las mujeres Latinas se sientan cómodas y bienvenidas en estas clases y ofrecemos cuidado de niños gratis para todas las participantes.


Si tiene preguntas llama a Stephanie al 707-565-4437.
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Sol Horizon with Lungs and Limbs: a SAAM fundraiser for Verity!



Verity, Sonoma County’s sole rape crisis center, is throwing an end-of-the-month event: Celebrating Survivors! This fantastic bash is made possible in huge part because of the folks at Lagunitas Brewing Co and Second Octave, a local entertainment enterprise, for donating their time and talents to help us put on the event.



Survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and rape experience a great deal. Verity is there for all survivors and their families who want our support. We want to take a night to Celebrate Survivors and advocates, and to encourage community support in whatever form it takes! We appreciate all of the ways that our community supports survivors. We want to celebrate the survivors who are a part of our community! All money raised from admissions and raffle ticket sales go directly to Verity. All money from beer sales at this Lagunitas-based event will also go to Verity, with all the proceeds from wine sales also coming our way! We will also be accepting any and all donations throughout the course of Sexual Assault Awareness Month; all donations will be used to augment Verity programs.

Voted “Best World/Reggae band” in the North Bay Area, Sol Horizon seamlessly fuses roots reggae with rock, funk, and world music stylings. Anchored by veteran musicians, Sol is renowned for energetic live performances and their lyrical content, which centers on themes of peace, community, sustainability and the re-vitalizing power of nature. The band moves feet and inspires minds, creating a positive musical experience that continues to attract fans from across the globe.

Lungs and Limbs are an alt pop band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for their thick, hip-hop-and-80’s-inspired beats, cowboy guitar licks and hook-laden vocals, the quartet’s debut EP Lifelike (2015), written and recorded in a horse stable, garnered positive press from critics in the Bay Area, Boston, LA, Germany and beyond. Do the Bay describes Lungs and Limbs as “…a tight, clean sound that is refreshing to hear in a sea of lo-fi garage rock that seems to sometimes dominate the local music scene in SF.”


Want to learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Join us at any one of the events listed on our public calendar:

Admission to this celebration is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The price of admission includes one raffle ticket to win a basket of goodies donated by members of our local community. Want to donate goods or gift cards to be raffled off? In exchange for donations, your company could be a sponsor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Please email Caitlin at for more information.

Verity’s mission:
We, the people of Verity, working in cooperation with the community, strive to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Sexual assault is an unacceptable form of oppression, which is destructive to the lives of the survivors, their families, and their friends. Verity facilitates healing and promotes the prevention of violence by providing counseling, advocacy, intervention, and education in our community. We support social justice and equality for all adults and children who have been sexually assaulted. We are committed to ending sexual violence by working to eliminate the conditions that cause or tolerate it. We realize that the process to end the violence in our communities includes a collaboration of individuals, groups, and organizations. We are an active partner in that effort as a member of the community.

Verity was founded in 1974 as Women Against Rape, a grassroots organization for those traumatized by the rape of women. The agency included a phone number that women and survivors of assault could call for emotional support. Our crisis line is still the only one of its kind in Sonoma County, and it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today Verity is managed by a Board of Directors numbering up to 12, with daily activities performed by an 18 person staff and a volunteer base of 60 plus active members. We cannot do this alone, so please come out and support us and celebrate the hard work of our volunteers and staff as you Celebrate Survivors!


If you can’t make the event, please feel free to donate online at to help us continue to support survivors.

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