MECASA Publications

MECASA develops publications based on the needs of our member centers and statewide partners. Below are links to these publications; many may be printed on a regular printer, but some require professional printing services. Additionally, some of the below publications are also available locally through your sexual assault support center. If you are interested in a MECASA publication and would like us to mail a hard copy to you, please email us and request it!

Factsheets by Topic

MECASA has developed fact sheets with the most updated statistics and local efforts related to different types of sexual violence.

Healthcare Provider Guides

This handout is meant to assist healthcare providers in assessing for sexual violence victimization in their patients.

Law Enforcement First Response: Guidelines for Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault

Maine’s Law Enforcement Guidelines detail steps for first responder law enforcement officers to take when they respond to a sexual assault. These guidelines form the basis for the Maine Basic Law Enforcement Officer Training Program’s unit on sexual assault. Created by a statewide committee, the Law Enforcement Guidelines are endorsed by the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Maine Prosecutors’ Association, the Maine Sheriffs’ Association, and the Maine State Police.

Lending Library

MECASA maintains a lending library for both the general public and Maine’s sexual assault advocates and allied providers full of new and classic books, DVDs, curricula, and more. The link is our most updated list of library items. Email us if you’d like to check out an item!

Media Guides

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.

Primary Prevention: The Next Step in Sexual Violence Prevention Education

Though changing social norms has been a part of the anti-sexual violence movement since its beginning in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the term “primary prevention” was not systematically integrated into the work until the nation’s largest public health agency, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), began to address sexual violence in 2001. Thus, though the idea of addressing root causes is a fundamental component of our movement, the idea of addressing sexual violence as a public health issue through primary prevention is still a relatively new concept. This booklet explores those concepts and ways to use primary prevention in sexual violence prevention education efforts.

Maine Guidelines for Screening In-Home Personal Caregivers: A Safety Resource for Individuals, Families, and Agencies

These guidelines are an updated and expanded version of Employer Screening Guidelines created through Project Advance, a project of Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine in 2007. This project was made possible by a grant via the Office of Elder Services and is the result of the hard work and dedication of many people around Maine dedicated to quality and competent care for Maine’s elders and individuals with disabilities who need additional care.