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STESA Supports U.S. Senate’s Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act

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June is Pride Month

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STESA Hosts 12th Annual Chocolate de Vine Fundraiser Virtually Featuring Founder of ‘me too’, Tarana Burke

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Standing Together to End Sexual Assault

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This April commemorates the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) through several activities. Standing Together to End Sexual […more…]

March is Women’s History Month

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A Two-Front Battle Against Sexual Assault

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Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA)

sbstesa.org
Phone: (805) 963-6832 ext 15
Executive Director: Elsa Granados

Mission

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