On February 14, 2012 the membership of the Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual
(ALAS) shared a position statement to articulate some of the critical issues that may place other communities across the nation at risk for an incident similar to the child sexual abuse tragedy at Miramonte Elementary School.
The Preventing Sexual Abuse of Latin@ Children
received endorsements from the following local, state, and national groups:
A CALL TO MEN
Alianza por el Bienestar del Hogar (North Carolina)
Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change
Arte Sana (art heals)
Big Voice Pictures, producer of BOYS AND MEN HEALING
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
End Violence Against Women International
Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault (INCASA)
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA)
Mamas of Color Rising Collective
La Mariposa Enterprises (Oregon)
Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA)
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW)
Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC)
Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc.
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV)
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV)
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)
North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA)
Latinas Unidas por Un Nuevo Amanecer (L.U.N.A.)
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV)
Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Iowa City, Iowa
Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut
Sexual Violence Center (Minnesota)
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)
The National Compadres Network
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP)
As with previous documents drafted by ALAS, this position statement was an urgent attempt to give voice to some of the issues that continue to place our communities at risk. The families of Miramonte Elementary School are no different from those who reside in las colonias
of "el valle"
in Texas, or any other state that has large or growing Latin@ communities, especially in non-metro counties. Sexual violence will continue unchecked--in all of our communities--until our messages of prevention and support reach everyone.
The membership of ALAS is committed to bridging access barriers, and engaging marginalized and Spanish-speaking communities as agents of change in sexual violence prevention. Ours is a collective lucha (struggle) based on fundamental principles of human rights. Our actions are informed and guided by the communities we work with, and not dependent on grant funding. We sincerely appreciate the solidarity of those who have respected and supported our efforts these past eight years and we look forward to future collaborations.