Announcement: #TurnTexasTeal in April!

Raise Awareness in April

As you may know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).  We are excited to hear about the SAAPM initiatives you have planned. If you post about your events, tag them with #SAAPM so we all can see them in our feed and re-post to amplify your efforts!

We hope that you plan to participate on social media in our efforts to #TurnTexasTeal throughout the month of April.  We are asking everyone to donate their social media profile pics to help raise awareness of the issue.  You can participate by going to http://twibbon.com/support/turn-texas-teal-2017. Please share this link often on all your social media accounts to help spread the word!

Also, TAASA has … Full Article

Announcement: Register for April Webinars!

April Webinars

We have free, fabulous webinar opportunities during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). Look over training descriptions below and take a moment to sign up today!

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alex Perotti at aperotti@taasa.org.

Tue, Apr 11, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT

Title: Bouncing Back From Burnout

Description:

Thousands of advocates struggle with depression, obesity, immune disorders, addiction and anxiety – frequently the result of vicarious trauma. The good news – vicarious trauma is preventable! This webinar explores ways to leave work at work.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/2948855382731713281

Tuesday, April 18th  10:00 am – 11:30 am CDT

Title: Mission Impossible: Finding … Full Article

Membership: TAASA Award Nominations

Nominate An Advocate for a TAASA Award

Do you know someone who is a catalyst for change, and exemplifies being an advocate in the mission to end sexual assault? TAASA invites you to honor those who have helped open doors, build bridges, and have shared their energy and creativity in the campaign against sexual violence by nominating them for a TAASA Award!

As a member, you have the opportunity to nominate individuals for varying awards such as ‘Champion for Social Change’ to ‘Community Empowerment Award’ amongst others. 

For nomination categories, rules, and to submit a nominee, please go to http://taasa.org/awards/. You are welcome to apply through our online form or email the corresponding PDF form located on the … Full Article

Out Now: VOICE Survey for Texas Professionals

VOICE Opportunity

TAASA, TCFV (Texas Counsel on Family Violence) and IDVSA (Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault) are excited to launch the Victim Services Occupation, Information, and Compensation Experiences – VOICE – survey project. The aim of the project is to identify factors important to reducing staff turnover and improving workplace wellness. 

The VOICE survey gathers information from professionals working in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault across the state of Texas on workplace experiences. 

Staff involved in any aspect of the work to end family violence and/or sexual assault are welcome to participate. If you decide to participate, you will be asked questions pertaining to your background experiences, experiences and opinions related to your current … Full Article

Announcement: Early Bird Conference Registration

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Register Today!

If you or your organization is a TAASA member and you would like access to the discounted registration, please email us at membership@taasa.org.

State Conference Rates 

Early Bird Registration (February 8 – April 31)

$300 TAASA Members – Texas residents only and includes NSAC access

National Sexual Assault Conference Rates

Early Bird Registration (February 8 – March 1)

$440.00 Full Conference
$250.00 per day

For more conference-related information, including a link to book hotel reservations, go to www.taasaconference.org.

If you have specific questions about the conference, please feel free to contact … Full Article

Announcement: February Webinars Available!

TAASA’s February Webinar Series

Upcoming webinar opportunities are listed below. Take a moment to register today if you are interested! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alex Perotti at aperotti@taasa.org.

Title: Effective Communication with Victims of Sexual Assault 

Date: Wed, February 15, 2017 

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

Presenter: Alex Perotti & Kim Farbo 

Webinar Description: 

NOTE: If you attended this training in January please do not register in order to allow others to attend.  We are repeating this training because it was full in January.

This training will look at the dynamics of sexual assault and how trauma affects victims. We will demonstrate how to communicate with victims to reduce the chance of … Full Article

Announcement: Join Us on Capitol Day!

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As the 85th Legislature picks up steam, please mark your calendars on February 14 for the biannual Capitol Day hosted by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). 

Date: February 14, 2017

Location: Texas Capitol – South Steps Austin, TX

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm 

Register here to let us know you’ll be there

With our state’s budget writers hard at work, this is our opportunity to make our voices heard in support … Full Article

Announcement: Free Online Training this Month!

Upcoming Webinar Opportunity

Take a moment to register today if you are interested! If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alex Perotti, Human Trafficking Specialist at aperotti@taasa.org.

Title: Effective Communication with Victims of Sexual Assault

Date: Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Presenter: Alexander Perotti & Kim Farbo

Webinar Description:  This training will look at the dynamics of sexual assault and how trauma affects victims. We will demonstrate how to communicate with victims to reduce the chance of re-traumatization during law enforcement encounters. Although this webinar focuses on law enforcement the techniques are universal and will assist any person that works closely with victims of sexual assault and … Full Article

Announcement: TAASA’s office will be closed December 22nd – January 3rd

yrypa5uov4e-kelly-sikkema-600x397Our office will be closed December 22, 2016 and will re-open January 4, 2017

Response to online orders and voice messages may be delayed during this time, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Happy new year everyone!

For Immediate Assistance

For emergencies, please call 911. 

For victim assistance, please call 1-844-303-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.legalaidforsurvivors.org/.

You can also use our crisis center locator to find a rape crisis center near you.

Announcement: Register for December Webinars!

2016 December Webinars

We have a couple of webinars this month that you may be interested in! Feel free to register below. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alex Perotti at aperotti@taasa.org.

Title: 15 Different Types of Abuse

Date: Tuesday, Dec 6

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Presenter: Wende Hilsenrod

Webinar Description:  This presentation focuses on fifteen types of power and control associated with sexual violence in our communities. These abuses are mostly not seen, overlooked and go un-screened, which can present continuing challenges for survivors and the advocates who work with them. Some screening questions and some ways of working with survivors will also be addressed.