CALCASA National Sexual Assault Conference

Call for Proposals


NSAC Theme

The National Sexual Assault Confernce (NSAC) is an annual conference that brings together over 1000 people to share information, advance learning opportunities, and support professional growth to those who work to address the needs of survivors of sexual assault, to raise awareness about sexual assault, and to prevent sexual assault from happening.

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) will host NSAC 2013 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California, from August 28 – 30, 2013. The theme of NSAC 2013 is “Inspire a Movement, Invest in Change, Imagine…

Proposals must be submitted by March 7, 2013. Applicants will receive notice by May 24, 2013. For each workshop session, only one (1) presenter will receive one (1) free conference registration and one (1) night’s lodging at the federal or state government rate, if the presenter’s office is more than 50 miles from the conference site (per government guidelines). If the workshop has multiple presenters, then they must select one individual to receive the one (1) free conference registration and one (1) night’s lodging, as permitted. CALCASA will not reimburse for any other expenses incurred by the selected presenter(s) for each workshop.


CALCASA is now accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in presenting information and/or facilitating workshops at NSAC 2013. Presentation and workshop sessions will be organized around the following primary tracks (see Track Descriptions at the end of this email for more information):

  • Crisis Intervention and Advocacy for Survivors
  • Campus Communities
  • Law and Policy
  • Prevention
  • Wellness and Self-Care

All initial proposals must be submitted to one of the primary tracks above.


Proposals will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Content reflects best practices to address and/or prevent sexual violence;
  • Content reflects recent research on topics related to sexual abuse;
  • Session supports critical conversations to advance work to address and/or prevent sexual violence;
  • Content is aligned with conference theme (“Inspire a Movement, Invest in Change, Imagine…”);
  • Session includes use of adult learning methods, as appropriate;
  • Sessions learning objectives are clear.

Workshop Length:

  • Each workshop session is 90 minutes in length, so please plan your workshop accordingly. Workshops that cover two (2), 90 minute sessions may be considered but not encouraged.

Additional Considerations:

  • Sessions that focus on working in culturally-specific communities are strongly encouraged.
  • Sessions that are intended to be delivered entirely in Spanish are strongly encouraged.
  • Sessions that describe efforts that primarily engage communities on college or university campuses should submit to the Campus Communities track instead of other tracks.
  • Sessions that have been presented at previous National Sexual Assault Conferences should include new information, resources, and/or insights.


The National Sexual Assault Conference attracts a wide variety of people committed to addressing and preventing sexual assault including:

  • Advocates
  • Prevention Educators
  • Community Activists
  • Law Enforcement
  • Trainers
  • Survivors
  • Health Care Providers
  • Local, State, National, Territorial, and Tribal Governments
  • Military
  • Funders
  • Corporate Allies
  • Sex Offender Management Experts


Potential topics can include, but are not limited to issues related to:

  • Bystander intervention prevention strategies
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Community mobilization and organizing
  • Evaluation of prevention strategies
  • Gender-transformative prevention strategies
  • Health-promotion prevention strategies
  • Intersectionality/links to other issues or oppressions
  • Media development prevention education or awareness building
  • Prevention policies and organizational practices
  • Reducing sexual assault in the armed services
  • Sex offender management
  • Sexual assault in underserved communities utilizing culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  • Sexual assault in incarceration/prisons
  • Sexual assault in the workplace
  • Sexual assault of men or boys
  • Trauma-informed care approaches for sexual assault survivors
  • Work with survivors who have a disability


  1. BEFORE YOU BEGIN please review the CFP form (click here to download in PDF) to determine if you have all of the information you need to submit your proposal.
  2. Fill-out the proposal submission form at
  3. Email any additional materials for consideration to: In the subject line of your email, please enter “NSAC PROPOSAL ATTACHMENT” and clearly identify the PRIMARY PRESENTER and PROPOSAL TITLE in the body of your message.


Crisis Intervention and Advocacy for Survivors

Presentation or workshop submissions to the Intervention and Advocacy for Survivors track should describe efforts to provide resources to survivors of sexual assault and to the advocates and interventionists who serve them.

Campus Communities

Presentation or workshop submissions to the Campus Communities track should describe prevention, intervention, advocacy, or policy efforts in communities on college or university campuses.

Law and Policy

Presentation or workshop submissions to the Law and Policy track should describe efforts to engage law makers, policy makers, and law enforcement in productive ways for the benefit and safety of survivors of sexual assault. In addition, it may include useful strategies in applying existing law to support survivors and protect their rights.


Presentation or workshop submissions to the Prevention track should describe efforts to engage communities in the prevention of sexual assault, with an emphasis on primary prevention. Workshop proposals should support the needs of local grantees from the Rape Prevention and Education program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proposals should draw on the best available research and / or prevention practices.

Wellness and Self-Care

Presentation or workshop submissions to the Wellness and Self-Care track should describe trauma-informed alternative healing modalities, holistic wellness, and embodied healing approaches that can advance the overall wellness and self-care of both survivors and professionals, advocates, and volunteers working in the sexual assault movement.


For questions about proposals, please send an email to


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