Standing Together to End Sexual Assault 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.
To fulfill this mission, STESA provides: 1) crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and support in order to heal and empower sexual assault survivors, 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 which are essential to the elimination of sexual assault.
STESA’s Rape Prevention Program in junior high and high schools includes 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. Sexual trafficker’s actively recruit youth in our schools. It’s important to give youth the education and tools they need to keep them from becoming vulnerable to sexual traffickers.
“Daniela” is a 16-year-old survivor of Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSEC). She admits that her “friends” provide her with drugs and tell her to have sex with multiple men that she does not know; however, she does not believe they are sexually exploiting her. She runs away from home and has often gone entire weekends without returning. One day, she returned home with a tattoo that branded her to the ring of traffickers. At present, Daniela is unwilling to get away from them. She believes they care for her. Her parents sought support from STESA to explore solutions to keep their daughter safe. Daniela knows that STESA is available to help her when she is ready. “The value of educating youth is that we can prevent sexual exploiters from accessing vulnerable youth who may not know the danger they are in if not educated on the red flags of human trafficking.” -Yleana Velasco Anda
- Yleana Velasco Anda