March is Women’s History Month

By Giving List Staff   |   March 10, 2021
This year, STESA is celebrating’s Women’s History Month virtually

In 1987, the United States Congress declared the month of March “National Women’s History Month.” This month-long celebration of women and their achievements grew out of a smaller, week-long celebration initiated in 1978 by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. The success of this early celebration reverberated throughout the country and, following various Presidential decrees, evolved into National Women’s History Month.

STESA’s vision for a community free of sexual violence depends closely on freedom, equity, and justice for all genders. Sexual assault is a direct result of systemic injustice, including injustices against women. Therefore, Women’s History Month serves as a time to reflect, celebrate, organize, and continue to raise awareness about issues affecting women.

This year, STESA is celebrating Women’s History Month virtually on our social media, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. STESA will be highlighting various components of women’s history with an emphasis on intersectional feminism. Our social media pages will include information on the history of rape crisis centers throughout the country, STESA’s own history, women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, and hidden figures in women’s history. We invite you to follow us on social media to learn and engage with us about these important and interesting topics.

Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) provides confidential counseling and support services to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. Through education and awareness, STESA is committed to change the cultural norms that enable sexual assault to exist. Our service area extends from Carpinteria to the Santa Ynez Valley.

For more information about STESA, visit or call (805) 963-6832.


Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)
Phone: (805) 963-6832 ext 15
Executive Director: Elsa Granados


Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA) – Formerly the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, 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.

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Granados has come to know the stigma that sexual assualt survivors face in a strangely institutional way: leasing office space.
She recalls trying to lease an office at Mission and State. The landlord said they could rent it but couldn’t put their name on the building directory. At the time STESA was called the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. When Granados asked how a client might find them, the landlord told her she could put up signage as long as the center dropped the word crisis.
“No,” Granados quipped. “We can’t be called the Santa Barbara Rape Center. We aren’t raping anyone.”
Another landlord ended a lunch meeting with a rape joke. “It was right there in my face – the stigma that sexual assault survivors face.”
More than forty years in, and Granados knows it’s time for STESA to buy office space of its own.
STESA is looking to raise $2 million to build a dedicated space to combat sexual violence of all kinds.

Board of Directors

Lindsay Walter, President
Jacqueline Duran, Vice President
Ethan Bertrand, Secretary
Tina Wooton, Treasurer
Sarah Ali Khan
Cameron Goodman
Patricia Guillen
Adrian Gutierrez
Teri Jory
Stacey Risotti