NMCSAP: Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors Statewide

New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc (NMCSAP) leads the state’s efforts in reducing sexual violence and sexual abuse by providing training and assistance to service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals; in addition to focusing on primary prevention in vulnerable populations. NMCSAP uses a data-driven, social-justice focused response to help survivors and prevent further incidences from occurring.   Funding their own research, NMCSAP is dedicated to following the facts of sexual violence in our state.  

By focusing on primary prevention, educating providers, and funding research, NMCSAP is securing a safer environment for women and girls in New Mexico. 

How Does NMCSAP Support Survivors?

NMCSAP works with programs and providers across the state to provide advocacy with a survivor-centered approach. NMCSAP connects with organizations through conferences, training events, meeting facilitations, site visits, and legal/individual assistance. 

Through these five programs, NMCSAP staff ensures victims receive empowerment-based advocacy. 

Sexual Assault Service Providers Program (SASP)

SASP provides training to rape crisis centers and mental health center’s staff and coordinators. SASP gives ongoing technical assistance and helps these centers develop core standards and best practices. 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)

SANE is composed of ten programs across New Mexico, leading the development of the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK) and Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Kits (DFSA). A forensic-based program, SANE collaborates with crime labs, medical providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors. 

New Mexico Children’s Alliance

New Mexico Children’s Alliance is a chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. Through Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) the program works to improve New Mexico’s community response to child abuse. 

Underserved Populations

NMCSAP works to reduce marginalization and improve access to sexual assault services for people in underserved populations such as rural communities, the elderly, and people with disabilities.  Professionals that work with these populations receive special training and services. 

Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository

The Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository collects statewide data on domestic violence and sexual assault from law enforcement, SANEs, and courts. Two annual reports are published and findings are used to influence planning and policy development for sexual assault support services. The reports are publicly available.

NMCSAP supports sexual assault survivors across the state.

How Does NMCSAP Prevent Sexual Assault?

Focusing on Primary Prevention

Comprehensive sexual assault services include the primary prevention of sexual violence. Primary prevention is a systematic process that promotes healthy behaviors and prevents sexual violence from happening in the first place. 

NMCSAP collaborates with New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center to provide statewide coordination in preventing sexual violence. NMCSAP, NMDOH, and UNM work with eleven organizations to apply primary prevention services in communities statewide.  

Education

Education is a part of primary prevention. NMCSAP provides online resources about definitions of sexual assault, active consent, risk factors, and sexual assault data. 

Why is NMCSAP's Work Important to Women in Our State?

Several communities are at a higher risk of sexual violence in New Mexico including African Americans, students on campus, children, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, the LGBT population, Native Americans, the elderly, rural communities, and women.

Social and community factors at play in New Mexico may increase the prevalence of sexual assault including poverty, societal norms that support male superiority and sexual entitlement, societal norms that maintain women’s inferiority and submissiveness, and weak laws regarding sexual violence and gender equity. 

If you would like to support the work of NMCSAP, you can donate on their website.