March is Women’s History Month
In 1987, the United States Congress declared the month of March “National Women’s History Month.” This month-long celebration of women and their achievements grew out of a smaller, week-long celebration initiated in 1978 by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. The success of this early celebration reverberated throughout the country and, following various Presidential decrees, evolved into National Women’s History Month.
STESA’s vision for a community free of sexual violence depends closely on freedom, equity, and justice for all genders. Sexual assault is a direct result of systemic injustice, including injustices against women. Therefore, Women’s History Month serves as a time to reflect, celebrate, organize, and continue to raise awareness about issues affecting women.
This year, STESA is celebrating Women’s History Month virtually on our social media, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. STESA will be highlighting various components of women’s history with an emphasis on intersectional feminism. Our social media pages will include information on the history of rape crisis centers throughout the country, STESA’s own history, women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, and hidden figures in women’s history. We invite you to follow us on social media to learn and engage with us about these important and interesting topics.
Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) provides confidential counseling and support services to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. Through education and awareness, STESA is committed to change the cultural norms that enable sexual assault to exist. Our service area extends from Carpinteria to the Santa Ynez Valley.
For more information about STESA, visit www.sbstesa.org or call (805) 963-6832.
Phone: (805) 963-6832 ext 15
Executive Director: Elsa Granados
Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) – Formerly the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, empowers people through healing and social change to eliminate all forms of sexual violence. We are committed to transforming lives by providing services and education to meet the needs of our diverse community.
Begin to Build a Relationship
We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.
As a sexual assault survivor, I know first-hand the importance of STESA’s work. I remember how alone I felt following my assault, and it’s something I’d never wish for another survivor to experience. STESA plays an essential role in providing expert crisis and long-term supportive services to survivors in our community. STESA staff members are compassionate and dedicated to healing and empowering survivors, preventing sexual violence, and creating social change through education. By giving my time and financial support to STESA, I know that I am supporting other survivors and transforming lives.
Empower Survivors Through Healing and Social Change
The nightly news is filled with appalling damage caused by sexual assault to the individuals it touches and to our community’s well-being. Through the #MeToo movement, we have made important strides in support of survivors of sexual assault. Through this work, we hope that all perpetrators of sexual violence are held accountable for their crimes and that survivors receive the support and justice they deserve.
For this purpose, please consider making a gift. Your donation ensures that the women and men who have experienced the trauma of sexual assault have a place where they can receive the counseling, advocacy, and other support services that are crucial to the healing process.
Your contribution assists us in supporting our community-wide education programs that create awareness and intolerance for sexual violence. With these educational programs, we can create significant social change, which will lead to the elimination of this brutal crime.
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