Congo Sanchez – Benefit for DVSAC


Back by popular demand, three members of Thievery Corporation (yes, you read that correctly) join forces to bring us a sizzling sonic cocktail of conscious hip hop, super-charged reggae and richly-layered percussive grooves. The last time they were here many walked away claiming it was the best show they’d ever seen at the Crazy Horse. It’s hard to imagine the volume of energy exploding off the stage until you witness it in the flesh. $5 from every ticket purchase goes to benefit the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition. There will also be a silent auction with several exciting things to bid on. This is a feel-good event to the nth degree!

May 4th @ 9:30pm
Bumpin’ DJ set to open

Tickets on Sale Now! Online, at Briar Patch, or at Venue
buy_tickets_button-2Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill
230 Commercial Street, Nevada City
(530) 265-4000

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Film Screening- The Mask You Live In

Join us for a community screening of

The Mask You Live In

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The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Read More About the Film

Date: Last week of April.
Exact date TBD (Check back for updates)

Time: 6pm-8pm


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Denim Day- April 26th

denim dayDenim Day is a campaign to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Denim Day is a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence. By participating in Denim Day this April, you can play a role in the prevention of sexual violence. Every year we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion and on April 26th to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Why denim? Denim Day was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.  The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Denim Day was developed in response to this case and wearing jeans during this annual event has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Women of the Italian Legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest. In April 1999, a social service agency in Los Angeles established the first Denim Day in the United States.

DVSAC carries on this tradition.  We wear denim to dispel harmful myths about sexual violence and survivors.

We invite your workplace or school in Nevada County to join us! Raise awareness of sexual violence and funds to help survivors by inviting employees to wear jeans for a day. Or if you live in Nevada County, contact us for Denim Day stickers that you can wear any time.

If you are a business in Nevada County and wish to participate, please sign up here:

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Donations can be sent to: DVSAC, PO Box 484, Grass Valley, CA 95945. If you have any questions, contact us at 530.272.2046.

Thank you for your commitment to services for survivors of sexual violence!

When you participate in Denim Day you:

  1. Promote prevention through education to reduce sexual violence.

  2. Encourage institutional and societal change.

  3. Make a powerful statement without ever saying a word.

  4. Become a safe person for victims and survivors to reach out to for help.

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Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a national campaign started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a visual display of art created on t-shirts by survivors of physical, sexual and emotional violence to express their feelings and stories of abuse and survival. The shirt is then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by the public as testimony to the problem of interpersonal violence and to let those who may suffer in silence know that they are not alone.

This year, view Nevada County’s Clothesline Project at the Alpha Building (210 Broad Street) in Nevada City. The display will be up the entire month of April to help bring sexual assault awareness to our community.

Nevada County Clothesline Project 2009

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New Thursday Night Support Group

New Thursday Night Group Available

An education and support group for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

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Purpose of the group
~To inform abused persons of their options- not to make decisions for them
~To allow victims and survivors to express feelings in a confidential, supportive atmosphere
~To surround the participant by others who have been in similar situations to let them know they are not alone
~The group is open and ongoing, free and confidential

Facilitated by Angela Trathen, MFT

Drop-ins Welcome!
(For new participants, please arrive 15-20 mins early your first session)

DVSAC Office: 960 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

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Free Legal Clinic- Now 2 days a month

Do you need to speak to an attorney?

Now, we are pleased to offer our clients a free Legal Clinic with a volunteer family law attorney to provide legal information for all family law matters and paperwork (child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, parentage, separation, annulment dissolution of marriage and property division).

At the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC), we have Advocates available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist with Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Restraining Orders.

1st Thursday of every month

and now also the 3rd Wednesday!

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

No eligibility requirements or appointment necessary. Just drop-in any time.

For more information, contact us:

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition 

Office Phone: (530) 272-2046 (M-F 9am-5pm)

Crisis Line: (530) 272-3467 (24 Hours)

Fax: (530) 273-3780


Physical Address:

960 McCourtney Rd. Suite E

Grass Valley, CA 95949

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Eat for a Good Cause- April 6th

Get your family and friends together. Make a night of it and eat for a good cause!

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all 3 Northridge locations are supporting DVSAC. They have agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds for the night to help provide services for survivors in our community. Don’t want to go out? They will also donate for to-go orders!Teal-ribbon-big

Date: Thursday, April 6th
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm

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Nevada City Northridge
773 Nevada Street
Nevada City, CA
(530) 478.0470

Lake of the Pines Northridge
21515 Higgins Road
Auburn, CA
(530) 268-1073

Penn Valley Northridge
17464 Penn Valley Drive
Penn Valley, CA
(530) 432-0700



Call DVSAC for more info: (530) 272.2046


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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is a month dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and increasing the public’s understanding about sexual violence in our society. It also provides opportunities for the community to be directly involved in supporting victims and survivors, their families, and organizations that provide crisis intervention throughout the year. Sexual violence prevention requires many voices and roles. Prevention is possible and we all can make a difference. Here’s how YOU can make a difference:

  • Intervene to stop concerning behavior
  • Speak up when you hear rape jokes or harmful comments
  • Believe and support survivors
  • Create prevention policies at your workplace or school
  • Coordinate a community event to raise awareness
  • Talk with neighbors about ways everyone can get involved
  • Email legislators to gain support for prevention and services
  • Support the agencies who provide services for survivors: DONATE

Visit the Sexual Assault Awareness Month homepage to  learn more.

Although DVSAC makes a concerted effort to raise awareness and encourage prevention throughout the year, we hold special events in April to highlight sexual violence as a major issue.

Upcoming Events

Click on the Event to Learn More
Or download our calendar

Stay tuned for more events as we get them organized!

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Green Dot Bystander Training

Nevada County
Green Dot Bystander Training


Participants will:

  • Develop the knowledge and awareness to recognize situations where violence is occurring or imminent.
  • Learn skills and strategies to prevent or address violence as active bystanders.
  • Identify ways to contribute to a culture that does not tolerate violence in any form.

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

1:00-4:00 pm

DVSAC Office
960 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949

RSVP at (530) 272-2046 or

Download the Flyer

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Crisis Intervention Training

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DVSAC is offering its 65 hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Crisis Intervention Training

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or entering the field of crisis counseling, this class is for you!

You will hear from experts in the field on:
History and Cycle of Violence
Child Protection Services
Victim Witness Assistance
Family Court
Law Enforcement
Elder Abuse
Substance Abuse
Anger Management
Trauma of Sexual Assault
Safe Houses and Shelter
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Community Resources

And more…

Class Dates:
The next training will be held in Fall 2017. If you’d like to be notified of dates and times once it is scheduled, please register below.


Cost is $50 for educational materials. Scholarships are available.

(Contact us at 530-272-2046
or to reserve your spot)

Training satisfies the requirements mandated by the state of California
to work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.



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