SCESA was born out of a desire for Women of Color in the anti-sexual assault movement across the country to reclaim our leadership and ensure inclusion of our experiences in ending sexual assault.
Our Philosophy and How We Do Our Work
We believe sexual assault is a symptom of a larger problem that reinforces an environment which allows violence to exist and a society that has deemed some people as less deserving. Therefore, SCESA’s overall fundamental principal is to give voice and develop action strategies that incorporate and address the multiple layers of discrimination that are faced by Women of Color and Communities of Color.
As a national advocacy organization, we employ a multi-strategy approach of:
- Supporting and Enhancing the Leadership of Women of Color;
- Advocacy and Support for Organizations by and for Communities of Color that will enhance their efforts to provide services while raising the consciousness, outrage and accountability within their communities regarding violence against women;
- Education and Training to enhance the capacity of Women of Color and Communities of Color organization to address sexual assault and; ensure appropriate, relevant information and awareness on sexual assault and Communities of Color;
- Advocacy strategies to ensure that the realities of our communities inform systems change and public policy initiatives at the national level; and
- Collaborative efforts with other social justice movements to create an environment where all forms of injustices cease to exist.
Essential components that are infused throughout our work is connecting through 1) Unity with Women of Color and Communities of Color organizations in the community that are on the frontlines each day striving to end this public health issue and 2) Sisterhood with other Women of Color to share lessons learned, information, and support for each other.