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 www.sbstesa.org or call (805) 963-6832.