A Note from the Director
Welcome to the MS Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s web page. We are excited to have this resource available to you. You will have access to and find details on educational materials, trainings, information requests and other resources on sexual assault.
The coalition staff is dedicated to increase public awareness on sexual assault issues as well as educate and support the community statewide in our efforts to Break the silence and Stop the violence. MCASA wants to equip individuals with the information to make better decisions. Information is indeed knowledge and knowledge is power. We can use that power as a voice to break the silence and stop the violence.
MCASA represents the nine rape crisis centers in the state of Mississippi. We are dedicated to support our local programs and educate service providers to become better advocates for victims of rape and sexual assault. These programs are located in Biloxi, Columbus, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, Natchez, Oxford and Tupelo, MS. The coalition is only as good as its weakest program; we strive to bring all programs to the same standard of service in their local community and the state.
Levette Kelly Johnson,
The Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) was created in 1988. That year, the rape crisis centers in Mississippi, several of which have been in existence since the 1970's, banded together to form MCASA. They felt that a statewide effort dedicated solely to expand education, training and public awareness was needed to address sexual violence in our society. Rape crisis center programs are located in Biloxi, Columbus, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, Natchez, Oxford and Tupelo. All agencies provide services without discrimination regarding race, ethnicity, disability, or marital status. Each program is responsible for large geographical areas, including both rural and urban locales, and depends heavily on local support and volunteers. The coalition is determined to serve and address under-served at risk populations: people with disabilities, women of color, migrant poultry workers, adolescent, college-age women, and victims in rural communities. MCASA provides Education, Training, Public Awareness, Information Referrals and Requests, Resource Library and Speakers' Bureau for the state, community and member programs.
.... Foster a greater awareness of the trauma of rape and sexual assault through training and education; to distribute information regarding the nature, history and prevention of rape and sexual assault to affected families and the general public; to assist in the formation of support groups at local levels; and to educate service providers to become better advocates for victims of rape and sexual assault. The coalition membership is now made up of center staff, volunteers, survivors, representatives of health care agencies, social services, public safety professionals, victim advocates and concerned citizens trained to work with sexual assault victims.
Pat Reynolds, Fiscal Manager
Wavette Davis, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator
Jamie Harris, Rural Project Assistant
Della Lockhart, Projects Assistant
Shalotta Sharp, Special Projects Coordinator
Althea Hart, Technical Assistance Specialist