STESA Provides Support to Caregivers Preparing to Send Students to College
As summer winds down, many students are preparing to go to college. STESA congratulates all students for their success and families for their support. This may be the first time that caregivers and students are apart. This separation can induce concerns by caregivers about engaging young adults in conversations related to health and wellness, including topics such as sex, consent, and campus sexual assault.
Sexual assault on campus is pervasive. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 13% of all college students experience rape or sexual assault. Among undergraduates, 26.4% of females and 6.8% of males experience rape or sexual assault. Campus sexual assaults are underreported, in part due to unsupportive institutional responses (as evidenced in the 2015 documentary, “The Hunting Ground”), leading 88% of women survivors to refrain from reporting their assault. From 2015-2020, STESA supported 26 college-aged survivors in reporting a sexual assault.
STESA recognizes the prevalence with which sexual assaults take place on college campuses. In response to this, the agency offers a variety of support services for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. STESA’s 24-hour hotline is available for caregivers to receive tips on engaging their young adults in conversations about the realities of campus sexual assault. STESA counselors can provide risk reduction strategies, and other helpful information.
STESA also offers self-defense classes. Classes are available for a group of friends, moms and daughters, community groups, sports teams, etc.
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. STESA’s service area extends from Carpinteria to the Santa Ynez Valley.
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