At which ages is human trafficking prevention most effective?
January 29, 2018
Our Prevention and Educations programs believe it’s never too early to begin teaching healthy boundaries, the right to say “No”, and the grooming techniques associated with sexual abuse and exploitation. These elements come together, in an age-appropriate way, to build the foundation of human trafficking and rape prevention.
While statistics about sexual assault and trafficking are difficult to track, given the secrecy and stigma around the subject, the Polaris Project cites 44% of sex trafficking survivors estimated that they were 17 or younger when they...
Human Trafficking in Monterey County
Jan. 2018 - By Deborah Pembrook, Outreach Advocate
Human trafficking is a serious problem in our community. After two years of concentrated work as an agency, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center is striving to reach survivors, raise awareness and teach our community how to identify and respond to this urgent issue.
All too often, when I share about human trafficking at a training or during an outreach event, I’m asked by people in the community if human trafficking even happens here. As an Outreach Advocate at MCRCC, I’ve come to learn that there is a lot of...
December 2017 Newsletter
New Advocates, Board members, events and more! Season's Greetings from MCRCC! Click to read our December 2017 newsletter, The Advocate.
November 2017 Newsletter
What we should already know about #MeToo
November 2, 2017
In the aftermath of the New York Times and The New Yorker investigative reports, the #MeToo posts on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram tell an important truth, but it is a truth we should already know.
MCRCC updated its mission!
October 30, 2017
The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center has been thinking about updating its mission statement to include human trafficking and child abuse for a long time. Last Friday, MCRCC’s Board of Directors met and amended our mission statement to the following:
"To provide ongoing advocacy, support and healing for all victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse; and to prevent sexual violence in our community through education."
Since MCRCC’s founding in 1973, MCRCC has provided services to survivors of commercial sexual...
Why BASU alarms are the new rape whistle and just as ineffective
On September 12, 2017, KION ran a story on CSUMB distributing BASU alarms to students to prevent sexual assaults on campus. BASU alarms are small, plastic devices that let out a high-pitched loud sound that is supposed to startle attackers and alert nearby people to step in and help. We applaud CSUMB for taking steps to protect their students, however, there are two main problems with trying to address campus sexual assaults with such devices.
The first is...
Title IX works to make campuses safer from sexual assault
This commentary was published in the Monterey Herald on 9/25/17.
During the week of September 10th, 2017, the Monterey Herald published two articles by New York Times Columnists that were in support of Education Secretary Betsy Devos’ recent statement about Title IX and sexual assault on campus. (Bret Stephens:...
Monterey County Rape Crisis Center opposes the Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Terminating DACA undermines the safety and security of 800,000 young people and their families in the United States and leaves them vulnerable to deportation; including over 200,000 young people in California. We stand with immigrant communities in Monterey County and with all those who defend the rights of immigrants.
As an organization that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our community, we know the impact of being undocumented on...
Volunteer with us!
Our volunteers - or, as we prefer to call them, Advocates - complete a 47-hour training to become certified Sexual Assault Counselors. They answer crisis line calls, provide in-person advocacy at forensic medical exams, volunteer at our events, and more. We asked our Advocates what they had to say about volunteering with MCRCC:
"One unanticipated aspect about being a volunteer Advocate at MCRCC is the power of listening. I once took a crisis line call with a survivor who mentioned to me how wonderful it felt to just speak to someone about it and how incredibly grateful they were...