Changing the Conversation

At MECASA, we believe that changing how our society talks about sexual violence is an essential part of sexual violence prevention and response. To that end, our award-winning communications work includes:

  • Providing expert training and technical assistance to Maine media on issues related to sexual violence and to member centers on how to engage with their local media;
  • Generating content for MECASA member centers and statewide partners on all issues connected to sexual violence;
  • Developing statewide campaigns which help shape the way Maine talks about sexual violence prevention and response; and
  • Reaching over 900,000 people annually in quality social media engagement on a variety of social media platforms.

For more information about our communications work please contact us!


Reporting on Sexual Violence: A Guide for Maine Journalists
This guide was created in partnership with editors from Maine’s media outlets and discusses ways to report on sexual violence in clearer, more neutral terms. This document also includes statistics, a language guide, and local and national resources.

2015 Sex Trafficking & Exploitation Media Guide
This guide was developed through MECASA’s program, the Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network, and is intended to inform the reporting on cases where individuals are being trafficked or exploited through force, fraud, coercion, or manipulation, and to distinguish between those cases and all incidents of sex work. This document includes statistics, a language guide, and local and national resources.

Elder Abuse: Guidelines for Maine Journalists
This media packet is designed to help Maine journalists report on elder abuse and its repercussions. It is also intended to provide information on elder abuse, including: helpful statistics, where Mainers can go to get help, and helpful hints on how to approach elder abuse articles. MECASA is part of the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, the organization which developed these guidelines.