Announcement: Joint Access Statement on Immigration

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) stand together with our member programs across the state to promote the health and safety of all individuals, families and communities.

The long standing fear among immigrant communities, and people of color whose citizenship is called into question, has significantly grown in the face of recent state and national directives targeted at immigrants. Valid fears, enforcement actions, and deportation leaves families with irreplaceable voids and diminished community trust. As the statewide coalitions against domestic and sexual violence we know that these increased vulnerabilities create dangerous barriers to lifesaving supports and services for victims of sexual & domestic violence. We are also critically aware that justice and … Full Article

Announcement: Register for July Webinars!

Upcoming Webinar Opportunities

Please note: these webinars were originally presented in May of 2017. The demand for these webinars meant many were unable to register, so they are being repeated.  No new information has been added to either webinar. If you previously attended these webinars, please do not register again, in order to allow others an opportunity to view them. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Wende Hilsenrod at

Title: A Glimpse into the Myths, Realities and the Culture of American Human Trafficking

Date: July 18, 2017 

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM, Central Standard Time 

Presenter: Wende Hilsenrod 

Webinar Description: 

This training will address the dynamics of control that bind a … Full Article

Out Now: 2017 Spring Newsletter

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As you may have heard, TAASA is excited to host four engaging events, including the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) the week of June 6-9, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Special thanks to all contributors who provided great information in this issue, including Zoila Rizzo for her article in Spanish!

Download the Spring newsletter to peruse articles written specifically for conference attendees. We look forward to seeing everyone in June. Want More? Check out other recent newsletters!

Visit to check registration info, schedules, and more. Conference registration closes May 16, 2017.

Announcement: ONE WEEK to Register for Conference!

nsac-taasa-2017Registration for the 2017 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) closes on Tuesday, May 16th. If you haven’t registered, you have one final week to register for the opportunity to attend this amazing conference!  

We envision this year’s conference as a place for people in the anti-sexual violence movement, and beyond, to gather and collectively move the needle – to push beyond “courageous conversations” and into CRITICAL ACTION.  The time is now to recognize the intersections in our work and take deliberate, conscious steps to eradicate sexual violence at its roots, while we continue to forge and refine … Full Article

Announcement: Register for a Free Webinar this Month!

Register Below

This is just a reminder about an upcoming webinar opportunity May 31, 2017. Look it over and register if you’re interested! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Wende Hilsenrod at

Title: A Glimpse into the Culture, Myths and Realities of American Human Trafficking

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM (Central Time)

Presenter: Wende Hilsenrod

Webinar Description:
It is important to understand the types of control and type of trafficking a victim was involved in. Embedded in these dynamics are the myths, realities, culture, and triggers that affected the victim and can keep them chained to the pimp. Having this knowledge can give Advocates, Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice system … Full Article

Announcement: Conference Registration Closes After May 16

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Access conference schedules, registration rates & hotel info at

May 16th is the last day to register for TAASA’s annual state conference and the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in Dallas, Texas. 

Get Empowered this June

TAASA looks forward to making the prevention of sexual violence in Texas, and across the country, a central focus of our state conference (June 6) and the National Sexual Assault Conference (Jun 7-9). If you are passionate about moving beyond courageous conversations into critical action in the anti-violence field, this conference is for you!

Efforts to address sexual violence require a multi-pronged approach and we want you included … Full Article

Announcement: Local Advocate Receives National Visionary Voice Award

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Every year, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) honors leaders in every state in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year, they announced the Visionary Voice Award in Texas to Stephanie Schulte, an ER Charge Nurse in El Paso, Texas.

Stephanie is a long-time survivor advocate who’s passion for this work has impacted both her professional and personal life. Schulte serves on the TAASA board of directors (currently Immediate Past-President). Additionally, she is a Governor Appointee to the statewide Crime Victims Institute Advisory Council. She formerly practiced as a certified SANE and a sexual assault advocate at the Center Against … Full Article

Announcement: Denim Day is April 26!


Make a Statement with Us

Denim Day has become a revered event for local rape crisis centers during Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month (SAAPM).

This event signifies the transcendence of victim blaming across the globe. Most often the challenge for sexual assault victims and advocates is maneuvering a society and system guided by the misconceptions of sexual assault.

Denim Day allows for a visual and powerful reclamation of choice, freedom and redirects the blame where it belongs – on the perpetrator and not the “jeans”. Learn more at

Announcement: Enter our #SAAPM2017 Contest!

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You can enter our #SAAPM2017 #TurnTexasTeal2017 contest via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram starting April 18th! Three ways to enter:

  • Change your profile picture via Twibbon
  • Post a Speak Up Speak Out video
  • Take a photo by 1 of the 32 Speak Up Speak Out billboards in Texas
  • Tag @TAASA (for Facebook or Twitter) @TAASA_TX (Instagram) in your post & use both #SAAPM2017 #TurnTexasTeal2017 hashtags, and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a free year (individual) membership!

    We will contact winners the first week of May. To learn more about what … Full Article

    Announcement: 2017 Diversity Task Force Scholarship Recipients

    The Diversity Task Force scholarship fund is made possible by the statewide support of TAASA members, Diversity Task Force volunteers, and other allies. On behalf of TAASA’s Diversity Scholarship Committee, we thank everyone who took the time to complete a thorough application. Each application was qualified and carefully reviewed. We encourage all applicants to keep up the good work in positively impacting the movement to end sexual violence.

    Scholarship recipients will receive an email notification with logistic details soon. Congrats and we’ll see you at the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in Dallas!

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