NYSCASA Statement on White Supremacist Violence and Insurrection at the US Capitol

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2021

Contact: NYSCASA Staff, info@nyscasa.org

NYSCASA Statement on White Supremacist Violence and Insurrection at the US Capitol

ALBANY, NY — The events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, demonstrate how white supremacy is allowed to operate in the United States and how it is often enabled—and empowered—by our nation’s “leadership.”

Yesterday, the nation—and the world—witnessed an insurgency fueled by white supremacy and a desire to prevent lawmakers from carrying out the process of an election decided by American voters. But we also witnessed the hypocrisy of law enforcement agencies and public officials, whose complicity and refusal to implement a plan of defense for this well-publicized, coordinated act of white supremacist domestic terrorism stands in stark contrast with violent police responses to protests for Black Lives Matter, gender justice, and disability rights.

Fighting white supremacy is anti-sexual violence work. Sexual violence is rooted in systemic oppressions that shape our society, including white supremacy. Moreover, sexual violence increases substantially during times of political unrest.

As an organization committed to ending sexual violence and oppression in all of its forms, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault denounces and condemns the violence of white supremacy. We join calls for meaningful accountability for those who perpetuate white supremacist violence and those who enable it. We encourage each other and our communities to reflect on the difficult truths of our complicity and the ways all violence is interconnected, and to begin to repair the legacy of white supremacy and its relations, colonization and patriarchy.

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The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a private, non-profit coalition of community-based rape crisis programs located throughout New York State. NYSCASA’s mission is to end all forms of sexual violence and exploitation, and to address the impacts of sexual assault.

If you are in need of assistance, call on experienced and caring professionals in your community.

  • Call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence for 24/7, free, and confidential support: 1-800-942-6906
  • Text or chat with a professional at the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. New Yorkers seeking help can text 1-844-997-2121 or chat on OPDV’s new confidential website at www.opdv.ny.gov.
  • Find culturally appropriate domestic violence and sexual assault support services:
    • Black survivors can contact Black Women’s Blueprint: 1-347-533-9102
    • Deaf and hard-of-hearing survivors can contact IGNITE: DeafIGNITE@gmail.com or 1-585-286-2713
    • Latina/o, Latinx. and Spanish-speaking survivors can contact Casa de Esperanza: 1-651-772-1611
    • LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors can contact the Anti-Violence Project: 1-212-714-1141
    • Native survivors can contact the StrongHearts Native Helpline by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483), or Seven Dancers Coalition: www.sevendancerscoalition.com/resources-in-nys
    • Transgender and gender non-conforming survivors can contact the Trans Lifeline Peer Support Hotline: 1-877-565-8860
    • Survivors whose primary language is not English can call Womankind’s 24-hour multilingual helpline: 1-888-888-7702
  • Find parenting support in your community by calling 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) or find COVID-specific parenting resources on PCANY’s website: www.preventchildabuseny.org/covid-19-resources-and-response
  • Individuals concerned for the safety of a child and/or worried about their own thoughts and behaviors can call the Stop It Now Helpline at 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368).
  • To report suspected child abuse or maltreatment, call the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, commonly known as the Child Abuse Hotline, at 1-800-342-3720.