VAWnet News Blog

This area provides access to current and past news coverage on various issues related to violence against women that has national reach or impact, a full archive of VAWnet eNewsletters featuring announcements of new resources, initiatives, and events and access to our recent and archived TA questions of the month.

A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation from the New York Times, 4/16/14

April 16th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 2012, a freshman at Florida State University reported that she had been raped by a stranger somewhere off campus after a night of drinking at a popular Tallahassee bar called Potbelly’s.”

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NRCDV eNewsletter: April/May 2014

April 9th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month, observed annually in May, is Mind Your Health. This theme highlights the importance of overall health and wellness, exploring the connections between the body and the mind and promoting positive steps towards protecting and nurturing our whole selves. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) shares this commitment through our work to promote and enhance trauma-informed approaches for all human services and support systems. Our 3-part Special Collection series, Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services, provides resources to support building the foundationcapacity and partnerships that are necessary to bring such an approach to fruition. By working to end gender based violence in our homes and communities, we are working together to improve the overall health and wellness of all people.

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Presidential Proclamation – National Sexual Assault Awareness Month from The White House, 4/1/14

April 3rd, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“Survivors too often suffer in silence because they fear further injury, are unwilling to experience further humiliation, or lack faith in the criminal justice system. This feeling of isolation, often compounded with suicidal feelings, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, only exacerbate victims’ sense of hopelessness. No one should face this trauma alone, and as families, friends, and mentors, we can empower victims to seek the assistance they need.”

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National Campaign Engages Latino Men in the Domestic Violence Movement from the National Latin@ Network, 4/1/14

April 2nd, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“As with every other culture, there have always been Latino men who oppose violence against women,” said Juan Carlos Areán, Director of the National Latin@ Network. “Te Invito is an opportunity for those men to lift their voices and make it clear that this [violence] is unacceptable behavior.”

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How can the evolution of SAAM in the U.S. inform national awareness efforts in other countries?

March 31st, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

Rape Crisis of England and Wales, an umbrella organization for the network of independent rape crisis centers in the U.K, contacted NSVRC recently to discuss the goal of developing a national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They were interested in how the U.S. version of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) came to be and what the primary goals and challenges are in planning a national, month-long event.

Interestingly, the idea for SAAM was actually born from Take Back the Night events that started in England. These first awareness-raising marches took root in U.S. communities as the women’s rights movement swelled. By the late 1980’s there was a broader push for a national, organized effort. This led to an informal poll of state sexual assault coalitions by the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) to determine when to have a national Sexual Assault Awareness Week. A week in April was selected and by the late 1990’s, advocates and activists had expanded activities to last throughout the month.
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Jimmy Carter Issues ‘Call To Action’ Against Subjugation Of Women from NPR, 3/22/14

March 24th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“In his new book, A Call To Action, Carter tackles a fundamental question of equality head-on: the subjugation of women in cultures around the world. Carter joins NPR’s Rachel Martin to talk about the state of human trafficking and whether religion can be a conduit for lasting change around gender.”