North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) is an inclusive statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through Education, Advocacy, and Legislation. NCCASA is committed to providing support, education and training, and information sharing to advocates and allied professionals on issues of sexual violence. Our diverse membership spans across NC with over 140 organizations and individual members including rape crisis centers, allied professionals, students, and concerned citizens. NCCASA actively advocates at the national and state levels for funding and legislative support for survivor services.
NCCASA as a statewide coalition uses a social justice framework, therefore, our work is done from a strong inter-sectional, social justice perspective. By centering our work around marginalized communities, everyone is served. Our Biennial Conference was designed with this in mind. This year’s conference will reflect upon the strengths of our past in order to maintain progress into the future. The goal of this statewide convening is to bring interdisciplinary professionals and activists together to create and enhance partnerships for professional growth. We aim to create a space where attendees can discuss the skills and concepts that will improve their ability to respond more holistically to all survivors of sexual violence.
NCCASA’s 2019 Conference, Movement and Momentum: The Energy and Strategy to Push Us Forward, which will take place on 14-16 May 2019 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel; recognizes the vibrational shift in our social landscape following the explosion of campaigns such as #TimesUp and the #MeToo movement. We have momentum, but what does this mean for where the movement goes, and who it centers? What can we learn from other social justice initiatives? What do we need to achieve more? This year we will host workshops on a variety of topics that will benefit the case to end sexual violence.
Each of the 22+ workshops fall into one or multiple areas of the Socio-Elogical Model (SEM). The SEM is a nested model that helps us understand the importance of working toward relational, systems and institutional change in order to affect behavior change. Prevention efforts can occur on different levels: Individual, Relationship, Community and Society (Organizational). Conference participants can follow one level the entire week or rotate between the four. There will be a workshop from each level during all breakout sessions.
Workshop in this category may include promising practices in the areas of trauma informed supervision, organizational approaches to self-care, on-boarding techniques, volunteer retention, branding, online communication and transformation, fundraising, culturally inclusive and affirming policies, and grants management.
Things to consider: How has managing employee morale changed and what have we learned from our survivor-centered, trauma-informed work that can help us to be even better employers and co-workers? How do we use technology to expand our reach and raise our visibility in the communities we serve? How do we structure positions and create services to ensure that individuals who experience sexual violence outside the context of an intimate partner relationship receive an equitable response? How do we support staff who are also survivors? How do we bring the next generation along? How do we ensure that we are doing the front-end work to create spaces that are safer for people who hold marginalized identities?
Workshop in this category may include strategies to create a more holistic approach to advocacy and direct practice, offer exclusive space for individuals with marginalized identities, or innovative prevention strategies that seek to impact modifiable risk and protective factors in young people.
Things to consider: Why should we evolve beyond the traditional services survivors are offered: support group, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment etc? How should we think about prevention programming with individuals in communities, classrooms, and on college campuses? How are we positioned to serve survivors who do not wish to report or seek “justice” in the traditional sense? How does the success of survivor led movements like #metoo confirm the idea that survivors need new and creative avenues to heal and find support?
Workshops in this category focus on the attitudes, knowledge, skills, behaviors, policies, and resources necessary to create safer communities. Topics are directly related to sexual violence but can also include other community level interventions that would impact the lives of survivors or better prepare communities to support themselves.
Things to consider: What factors contribute to the potential development of sexually abusive behaviors? How can communities interrupt cycles of violence? Have we missed the mark in collaborating with other social justice movements to decrease factors for victimization? Are your service delivery numbers reflective of your community? Can you meet the needs of the most marginalized individuals? If not, how do you identify and build relationship with those organizations who can?
Workshops in this category focus on systems change advocacy and big picture ideas to end sexual violence. Sessions will provide a space for attendees to explore and critically think of ways to assist survivors by making systems change and systemic ways to bolster protective factors that create a safer society for those most marginalized .
Things to consider: What has worked and what should we leave behind to achieve a more survivor centered movement? What have been the unintended consequences of policies from the past? What current policies should we be aware of? What is the relationship between rhetoric and violence, and what do we do about it? How do we leverage the moment we are in to advocate for policy change at the federal, state, and local levels?