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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StoryCorps at Verity!

Late last year, StoryCorps staff members reached out to the Verity team and asked us if we’d like to have a recording day at our office. On Valentine’s Day, 2017, they came to our office in Santa Rosa to record 7 of our staff members and our Board Chair in various conversations about all sorts of topics.  Here is a little bit about what they do, and why they do what they do:

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.

We are so honored and humbled to be a part of this project, and we look forward to sharing some of the snippets of recordings with you! Some of these recordings will be in the Library of Congress for years and years to come; other recordings will become treasured parts of families and only be used internally. Either way, this has been a wonderful and cathartic experience for everyone involved. Thanks for thinking of us, StoryCorps!

Regardless of how you are involved with Verity, thank you for being a part of our story!

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Girls Circle Group Starting February 9th

Girls Circle is a group for young women ages 14-19 to discuss relationships, social media, friends, and other topics that affect young women. The group meets once a week at Verity on Thursdays from 3:30PM – 5:00PM starting February 9th, 2017 and running through the end of March.

One of our most common (but always so impactful!) client comments about our Girls Circle groups is that it’s the one place where these teenage clients feel trusted, heard, and valued by an adult in their lives. If you know a teenage woman who could benefit from this program, we’d love to enroll her!

This group is always free to attend and always confidential! Food, activities, and discussion are held at our main office on 835 Piner Road, Suite D, Santa Rosa CA 95403.

Contact Amanda at 707-545-7270 ext. 14 or for more information.


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Screening of “Inocente” and panel discussion, January 28

For Immediate Release

Academy Award Winner
“Inocente” Launches Social
Justice Film Series January 28

Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee opens its fifth annual Social Action Goes to the Movies on January 28 with “Inocente,” an inspiring coming of age story of a 15-year-old homeless and undocumented girl who refused to give up her dream of being an artist.

Theme of the 2017 series is: “Sparks of Hope: Healing Through Innovation and Creativity.” “Inocente” won an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject. It shows the transformative power of art. The film’s star, Inocente, will be a special guest at the showing. A panel discussion following the film will feature: Lisa Manthe, Clinical Director, New Directions/Child Parent Institute; Lisa Fatu, Program Manager, Youth Crisis Services, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY); and Meagan Pugh, Art 2 Heart, Somatic Art Therapist.

Other films in the series are: “Catching the Sun,” a New York Times Critic’s Pick about climate control, Feb. 25; and “Homes for the Homeless—A Better Way,” a snapshot of homelessness and some new solutions, March 25.

All films are on Saturdays at 7 pm. The events are open the public. Free but donations are accepted. Congregation Shomrei Torah is located at 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa.

The film is sponsored by Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee. Co-sponsors include Catholic Charities, Restorative Resources, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Center for Spiritual Living, Social Concerns Group of Christ Church United Methodist, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Advocates for Social Justice of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa, Outreach and Service Commission of First United Methodist Church, Redwood Forest Friends Meeting, North Bay Organizing Project, Homeless Action!, Congregation Beth Ami, Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Shir Shalom, Social Action Committee of B’nai Israel, New Directions/Child Parent Institute, Verity, and Community Housing Sonoma County, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Sonoma County. Many of the sponsors will have materials to hand out.

The Social Action Goes to the Movies series was honored in 2015 with a special Honorable Mention award from the Union of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Shomrei Torah, (707) 578-5519

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