Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Helpful Links

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Local Resources:

About-Face: A San Francisco based non-profit that promotes self-esteem in girls and women of all ages, sizes, races, and backgrounds through a spirited approach to media education, outreach, and activism.

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault: CALCASA is a statewide coalition of rape crisis centers committed to ending sexual violence and has a California Rape Crisis Center Directory.

Domestic Violence Resources: For over 30 years, the YWCA Sonoma County has offered an array of programs and services designed to support those who have been impacted by domestic violence.

San Francisco Women Against Rape: SFWAR was established in 1973 to support survivors of rape and sexual assault, their friends and family members, and to use education and community organizing as tools of prevention.

Side by Side: Counseling services and more for young people.

Sonoma County Men Evolving Nonviolently: Call if you realize your behavior is harmful to you and your family. Call anytime you feel really angry, out of control or helpless. 24/7 hotline: 707-525-2MEN (528-2636)

State Rape Crisis Center Directory: In the “Get Help” section, enter your zip code to find the nearest center.

Sonoma County 2-1-1: Sonoma County Community Resource Directory

Victim & Witness Assistance: Victim Witness Assistance program provides advocacy and direct services to all victims of crime.

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National Resources

Art Heals: Arte Sana (art heals) is a nonprofit agency for underserved survivors of gender and racial violence that promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Arte Sana es una agencia que existe para ayudar a nuestras comunidades a sobrevivir y prevenir la violencia a través de la educación comunitaria y el empoderamiento artístico/cultural.

Centro Nacional de Información de la Salud de la Mujer: (En Español)
Bienvenido a la Página Español del Centro Nacional de Información de la Salud de la Mujer. A general health information page.

Child Abuse: The Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Don’t be afraid to call. No one is silly or unimportant to us. If something is bothering you or you want information, CALL! The National Child Abuse Hotline is 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4ACHILD)

Domestic Abuse Guide: Statistics, myths, resources, and treatment options for those suffering from domestic abuse. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Domestic Violence: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Domestic Violence Resource Library: A very useful guide of domestic violence resources that is searchable by location, audience, and type of services offered. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Domestic Violence-Financial Help & Planning: The goal of this resource is to enable women in domestic violence relationships to utilize this financial guide to provide options when stuck in a challenging situation. For local support, contact the YWCA.

Gender violence prevention – men and boys: Jackson Katz, Ed.M. is one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists. He is widely recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys.

Incest: Support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Legal and Institutional Resources: Find US courts, jails, prisons, police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys, including addresses, hours, phone numbers, and services.

Offenders Near You: Family Watchdog is a site that provides a map of registered sex offenders near you. Enter a zip code on their site to see more.

Offenders Registry: United States Department of Justice. National Sex Offender Public Registry is a site that provides information of registered sex offenders near you.

Rape, Abuse, & Incest: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Inside, you’ll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

Recovered Memories: This is a good compendium of research on recovered and repressed memory. This links to information on sexual assault and boys.

Sexual Violence: NSVRC – National Sexual Violence Resource Center – is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence.

Silence Speaks: A website where survivors, witnesses, and prevention advocates diverse in age, race/ethnicity, religion, class, ability, gender, and sexual orientation can find the support, skills, and equipment they need to create original multimedia pieces about the impact that violence has had on their lives.

Hope For Healing : A source of information and support to survivors, serving nearly 1 million hits yearly through its page and message views in the chat rooms and forums. It is created by and is for survivors.

Gift From Within: An international nonprofit organization is dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Educational materials include videotapes, books, and articles for both clinicians and those experiencing PTSD.

The Footsteps To Healing: A Long Walk Home is a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performance arts to document, to educate and to bring about social change. Using testimonies, poetry, music, photographs, and videos of and by women and children to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public can learn about healing from trauma.

Women’s Calendar: Connections to hundreds of women’s organizations. Resources to build awareness of social issues and fuel active involvement in local and worldwide communities.

Women’s Health: The Federal Government source for women’s health information. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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LGBT Resources:

Positive Images: Positive Images provides support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, and intersex youth and young adults, ages 12-24, and educates the greater community. We envision a Sonoma County where all youth are valued, compassionate community members, creating a just society.

TNLR: A survivor-led social justice organization working to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, trans, and polyamorous communities!

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Resources for Men:

Male Survivors: Resources specifically for male survivors of sexual assault.

Men Can Stop Rape: Mobilizes male youth to prevent men’s violence against women.


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Teen Oriented Resources:

Cyber Bullying: Cyber bullying can affect anyone, but it is especially prevalent among teens.

Promote Truth: Up-to-date and accurate information about sexual violence issues.

Scarleteen: The most popular sexual health resource for young people.

Teen Dating Violence: A simple guide on recognizing signs of teen dating violence.

Bullying Guide: Harassment occurs in-person and on the internet, affecting youths and teens in a variety of situations.

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Elder Oriented Resources:

Sexual & Domestic Violence in Later Life: Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life

LGBT Aging Center: A resource center covering a variety of LGBT aging topics

Benefits of Volunteering: A resource about the benefits of volunteering as a senior.

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Sexual Health Resources:

National Coalition for Sexual Health: CALCASA is a member of this national coalition that just released its sexual health guide and will be releasing many more valuable resources in the future.

CALCASA’s Healthy Sexuality Fact Sheet – prepared for SAAM 2013, this fact sheet makes the case for healthy sexuality and includes many more resources.

Podcasts: The Making the Connection series, part 1 & part 2, explores the link between sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention, providing examples and key points for practice.

National Sexuality Education Standards: A great resource for working with schools, these standards while not federally required (look to state law for requirements) have been widely accepted in the field as best practice and include sexual and relationship violence prevention.

Government Resources: WHO and CDC sites serve as national “go to” sites for basic information and research related to sexual health.  The Office of Adolescent Health is also a newer resource and funder.

SEICUS: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

It’s All One: Designed primarily for educators across the globe, this curriculum integrates gender and power with all things sexual health, including violence and abuse.  I think it serves well to inform any prevention person’s work.

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