We are a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together toward the elimination of sexual violence and advocating for sexual assault victims’ rights and services. ACASA provides cohesion, vision and resources to members, while working to change public attitudes and beliefs surrounding sexual violence issues.
We envision a world free of sexual violence in which men and women together assure that all human beings are treated with dignity and respect for their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual integrity.
Our Mission Statement
Through collaborative action, the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault advocates for the rights and needs of persons affected by all forms of sexual violence.
- Sexual assault is not the fault of the victim; it is a decision made by
- Most sexual violence is a crime of power and control, and as such, is a
matter of social justice.
- Social justice cannot be fully achieved as long as sexual violence is allowed
- Societal attitudes, cultural beliefs and institutional practices that
perpetuate sexual violence and other social injustices must be challenged
- All survivors of sexual violence deserve full, compassionate responses and
access to quality services.
- Men and women must be partners in ending sexual violence.
- Survivors have a right to determine their own course of action.
- To impact the underlying causes of sexual violence, ownership must
shift from social services to the community as a whole.
- The efforts of those who provide services to victims should be honored
- Sexual Violence is a public health and safety issue and deserves the
complete attention of our elected officials.
Monie Johnson – Executive Director
Monie Johnson joined ACASA as the Executive Director in August of 2014. Since that time she has moved the office from Fayetteville to Little Rock to be closer to the State Capitol and more centrally located. Over the past year the staff size has grown from 1.5 employees to 6, giving ACASA the opportunity to make a more substantial impact on ending sexual violence in our state. She is excited about new opportunities in the future.
Kiah Hall – State Advocate Coordinator
Kiah Hall joined ACASA in November of 2015. Her role is to provide training to rape crisis centers and at colleges/universities in order to strengthen their capacity to serve victims of sexual assault.
Kenny Smith – State Law Enforcement Coordinator
Kenny Smith joined ACASA in December of 2018. He provides training across the state to law enforcement officers, their agencies, and other entities of the criminal justice field. Kenny also serves as the State Director of CoSAR (Council on Sexual Assault Response), developing and overseeing CoSAR teams to help provide support, training, and education to communities and their leaders throughout the state.
Randy Smith – Business Manager
Randy provides technical assistance to SASP Sub-grantees and sees to the day to day operations of ACASA.
Darnell Rice – Prevention Specialist
Darnell Rice joined ACASA in October 2018. He provides prevention education across Pulaski County using the Safe Dates Curriculum. He helps teens recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Darnell provides guidance, support, training and education to communities and leaders across the state.
Kaylyn Presley Hager, JD, LSW – Education Coordinator
Presley Hager joined ACASA in October 2019. Presley is planning the First Annual Anti-Sexual Violence Conference, as well as developing educational training. Presley is also working on a Victim Services Resource Project, in which she is surveying different victim service providers to discover unmet needs and gaps in legal services. Presley plans to host legal training sessions, connect the service providers with other legal resources, and provide general legal advice to crisis centers and shelters.
Bryn Patterson– Victim Advocate
Bryn Patterson joined ACASA in October 2019. Bryn assists victims with all the resources they need while striving to provide support and the trust they need through their traumatic journey. Along with providing victim services, Bryn also works with educating our communities on sexual violence, human trafficking, and it’s prevention in efforts to fight for a world free of sexual violence.
Nikhol Press– Prevention Education Trainer
Nikhol Press joined ACASA in October 2019. Nikhol is responsible for prevention education and awareness activities in each of the counties served by the Coalition.