Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Monterey County Rape Crisis Center


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.

The Big Idea

Prevent sexual violence among youth through healthy communication, and empowering them to speak out against it to their peers on their high school campuses.

By providing sexual violence prevention clubs in six local Monterey County high schools, we help empower students to use their knowledge to create change in themselves, their schools and their communities. The My Strength Club for young men promotes male positive, non-violent messages and challenges traditional masculine roles that can lead to violence. The My Life Club empowers young women to embrace their strengths and make safe and healthy decisions in their lives. Members of both clubs learn to recognize attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate the cycle of sexual violence, critically examine media messages and their influence on behavior, and apply healthy communication strategies in various situations. In addition to weekly club meetings, students organize awareness-raising activities on their school campuses and participate in community events.

“Sexual Violence is terrible; no one should have to go through or experience it. That’s why it’s up to us as a community to come together and help put an end to this injustice.”

— Alexander Soria, Age 17, Marina