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Standing Together to End Sexual Assault

Organization Mission

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) 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 that meet the needs of our diverse community, including (1) crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and support in order to heal and empower sexual assault survivors and their family members and friends and (2) community education and prevention programs to increase the awareness, empathy, and understanding necessary to effect the attitudinal and behavioral changes that are essential to eliminating sexual assault.

Social Change Project:
End Sexual Trafficking of Youth (ESTY)

STESA is expanding its Rape Prevention Program to include education about sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Youth are highly vulnerable to sexual exploitation and education on root causes, risk factors and the development of strategies for prevention are important deterrents to this crime.

 

Becky was living in a hotel with a 30-year-old pimp, Robert, whom she met at age 16. Robert exploited her sexually and financially, forcing her to have sex with multiple people for money. When she challenged him, he became physically and emotionally abusive. STESA’s counselor provided Becky with counseling, education and support to understand the issues surrounding sexual trafficking. The agency assisted her with medical and legal advocacy & accompaniment. Becky relocated to a program in Los Angeles which focuses on teen survivors of human trafficking.
She said,

Thank you for providing me with help and support in getting out, I don’t want to live like this again.

–Becky, Age 17, Santa Barbara

In the work we do with youth, we intervene when events have already taken place. However, it’s vital to prevent human trafficking before risk factors turn into trauma.

–Dana Roscoe, SB County Child Welfare Services