On June 19, 2015, CONNSACS’ women of color caucus against sexual assault (WOCCASA) held our annual retreat. WOCCASA is comprised of women of color from both CONNSACS and local sexual assault crisis centers. Sherelle Hessel-Gordon, the Executive Director of D.C. Rape Crisis Center, led the group through a series of activities and workshops the allowed members to gain a better understanding of the nonprofit structure, and how to navigate it as women of color. She highlighted new self-care practices, and created opportunities for community sharing.
WOCCASA holds a retreat annually to allow members a chance to take a step back from their daily tasks and focus on working purposefully in the anti-sexual violence movement with an anti-oppression framework.