ValorUS is a national organization committed to advancing equity and ending sexual violence. Since our founding in 1980, we have continued to build dynamic relationships across a diverse range of communities, institutions and systems, and mobilize our network of survivors and advocates to influence change. Through leadership, prevention, and advocacy, we are fearlessly pursuing a world free from violence where the dignity of every person is valued and respected.
ValorCalifornia is California’s state sexual assault coalition, a program of ValorUS. We advocate on behalf of a strong network of advocates, crisis professionals, volunteers and community partners that make up California’s safety net for survivors of sexual violence. Formerly the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, ValorCalifornia promotes policies and practices that will prevent sexual violence in California, provide support and healing for survivors, and transform institutions and systems across the state.
Nationally and in California, ValorUS advocates for policies and legislation that will advance equity, eradicate oppression, and prevent sexual violence. ValorUS is part of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals (LEAP) is a national ValorUS Project to enhance the professional skills of individuals of color seeking professional advancement in the anti-violence against women field. LEAP is designed to provide an intensive, interactive distance learning and in-person, comprehensive training and practicum experience. Each year, individuals of color can apply to become LEAP Fellows to develop and enhance leadership and management skills that enable them to take upon and succeed in leadership/management roles in their organizations and in the anti-violence field.
ValorUS is a founder and managing partner of RALIANCE, a national partnership that provides unparalleled expertise and innovative solutions to create a safer and more equitable world. From shaping national policy to providing businesses with leading-edge solutions, our mission is to end sexual violence in one generation. RALIANCE Business provides customized, data-driven solutions to help prevent and respond to sexual misconduct in the workplace and across all business operations. RALIANCE partners with organizational leaders to create cultures that improve the safety of employees, customers, and organizations. RALIANCE Sport + Prevention Center provides resources and research for sport to be part of the solution to prevent sexual violence.
ValorUS is a rotating host of the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC), the nation’s largest gathering of activists, advocates, survivors and organizational leaders working to end sexual violence. The National Sexual Assault Conference is a three-day conference providing cutting-edge information, effective and relevant practices, and content that incorporates culturally appropriate programs and services to underserved communities to change the conditions that promote sexual violence. All workshops and tracks are designed to support our collective movement to end sexual violence. ValorUS is a rotating host of NSAC with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
PreventConnect, a national project of ValorUS, advancea the primary prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by building an online community of practice among people who are engaged in such efforts. PreventConnect also builds the capacity of local, state, territorial, national and tribal agencies and organizations to develop, implement and evaluate effective prevention initiatives. PreventConnect explores issues and highlights efforts to stop sexual assault and relationship violence before it starts; engage communities in preventing sexual assault and relationship violence; and build upon the strengths of the rape crisis and domestic violence movements, public health and other prevention efforts to create social change.
Bold Moves is a campaign powered by ValorUS. Bold Moves is a movement to prevent sexual violence in all its forms. We believe that we can end rape by evolving our beliefs, biases, and behaviors. Even small changes can be bold moves.
ValorUS provides training and technical assistance to California-based prevention programs to build the capacity of California organizations to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive prevention efforts. ValorUS supports California’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) and CalOES’s SD prevention programs. In 2020, ValorUS’ Prevention in a Pandemic Program (PPAP) supported organizations to build prevention programs during the pandemic.
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ValorUS provides advocacy-based technical assistance and training, capacity building, and resources to the rape crisis centers and sexual assault programs in California to address their localized needs and support their communities. We collaborate with community partners such as faith communities, labor and union organizations, TransLatin@ Coalition, and other sectors that support to the anti-sexual violence movement. Our programs and trainings are developed with a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach, and draw connections beween the sexual assault movement and other social issues.
ValorUS partners with Just Detention International (JDI) to support rape crisis centers to support survivors in prisons, jail and youth detention centers. We advocate to bring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.
ValorUs’ BRIDGE (Building Refuge for Immigrant Detainees through Governance and Engagement) provides training and technical assistance to Rape Crisis Centers in order to ensure working relationship with detention facilities so that they can provide resources to survivors.
ValorUS partners with The Arc of California on the shared vision that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are impacted by sexual violence across the state of California have access to advocacy services that are safe, barrier-free, and responsive to their needs.
ValorUS provides training and technical assistance to college and university campuses on effective strategies to respond to, investigate, and prevent sexual violence. ValorUS advocates for trauma-informed campus policies, including those regarding Title IX, and campus-community partnerships.
eTAG (End Tech Abuse across Generations), a ValorUS national project, addresses technology facilitated abuse in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. eTAG provides resources on supporting survivors of tech abuse, digital evidence collection, and cyber safety planning.
ValorUS’ California Immigration Legal Assistance Project (CILAP) supported collaborative work with partners to address gaps in access to legal services for immigrant, Limited English Proficient (LEP), and farmworker victims of rape/sexual assault in three remote rural communities in central California.