Message regarding COVID-19

As of March 19, 2020
In order to do our part in protecting vulnerable populations and to slow the transmission of COVID-19, many programs of the Alliance will be limiting in-person contact during the crisis. This has not been an easy decision, but we want to ensure everyone that services will still be provided to anyone that needs them.

Mountain Crisis Services will be limiting in person services for survivors at our office. Some in-person appointments will be necessary and will be scheduled by staff. Our hotline will be operational 24/7, our domestic violence shelter is still operating, and all counseling will be done via telephone or through video-based services. Legal Advocacy will still be available and advocates will still accompany survivors to court.

The Alliance provides services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we will continue throughout this crisis. We are working diligently to ensure our staff are supported during this time so that we can continue to offer these vital services. We look forward to when our services can resume without restrictions and we will continue to make changes as things evolve. Feel free to reach out to any of our programs to learn how to access services or how you can be a support during this time.

Awareness Months

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

This October marks the 33rd year of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized. Domestic Violence is an increasing problem and with education/awareness we can help survivors/victims reach out for help. Check out these exciting events we will have this month.

Be on the lookout for two special “Mariposa Gazette” articles posted sometime this month.

Due to COVID, we can not have any in person groups. However, if you or someone you know is a survivor/victim, we encourage you or them to come to our office and pick up a t-shirt to create. Once created, bring it back and we will hang it on our clothesline.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 pandemic, we had to host Denim Day virtually. We did not get the expected numbers doing it virtually. Hopefully next year there will be more participation.

Our Program Specialist posted her Denim Jeans this past Denim Day. Her buttons say “Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted,” “Rape is the most under-reported crime,” and “8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator.”

The Consent Test

Consent is a like fries; freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, and specific. It is an ongoing conversation through out your relationships and is a focus for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020.

Mountain Crisis Services has launched their own “The Consent Test.” with help from NSVRC toolkit. By clicking the link, you are consenting to take this quiz to test your consenting abilities. Feel free to share your results and show everyone you know how to consent! #SAAM2020 #IAsk

https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/5e84ff17906aef0014d02511

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month (HTAM)

Program Specialist Katy Wardle, went in front of the Board of Supervisors asking to proclaim the month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human Trafficking is a very serious issue and is a growing problem. California is the nations #1 state for Human Trafficking, every county is seeing the numbers of victims rise, this includes Mariposa.

The board voted unanimously in the favor of passing the proclamation. Check out the article with statistics and findings Katy Wardle brought attention to during this meeting. Educate yourself and others on what Human Trafficking is and the tactics being used. No one person is safe from this horrific crime.