North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center

FROM THE CALIFORNIA COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT (CALCASA)

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Sacramento, CA - As Californians adapt to an ongoing state of emergency, and health officials
across the globe mitigate the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the California Coalition Against
Sexual Assault and all rape crisis centers in California continue to support survivors of sexual
violence. We are making adjustments to ensure the safety of both survivors and those who provide
services.


“This global crisis does not change the reality that sexual violence continues to be an everyday crisis
in our communities. For some people, shelter-at-home may increase the possibility of experiencing
sexual violence. Our work will not end until all Californians can live free from sexual violence,” says
CALCASA’s CEO Sandra Henriquez.


Rape crisis centers are always prepared to act in emergencies, and have long been first responders
for Californians in need of immediate help. When someone is sexually assaulted, California’s rape
crisis centers are on call to provide critical support in that moment, including immediate counseling
services and support as survivors receive a sexual assault forensic exam, and long-term support to
heal from the assault. During this time of recommended physical distancing, we know we need to
maintain social connection. Many rape crisis centers are taking safety precautions including adopting
telecounseling and virtual community education.


We will not now, and will not ever, stop providing survivors of sexual assault with a place to turn to in
their moment of crisis. It is absolutely critical that rape crisis programs continue to be financially
stable, and that the state and federal government provide assurance that the services we provide will
continue.


In this time of a health crisis, safety for our community members and of our survivors is paramount.
California rape crisis centers provide a crucial safety net to all Californians. Your local rape crisis
center is still taking calls and providing support, and will always be committed to helping survivors of
sexual assault everywhere, for as long as they need it. We will continue to adapt, and we will
continue to advocate for the best possible future for survivors of sexual assault in California, and to
end sexual violence in our communities entirely.


For questions about this press release, contact Carissa Gutierrez, Communications Manager, CALCASA carissa@calcasa.org or 916.599.1041