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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.

22.7 percent of pregnant women suffer intimate partner violence from Eurekalert.org, 12/12/14

December 19th, 2014 Justine No comments
Whilst for many women pregnancy is a happy time, for almost one in four it turns out not to be so enjoyable. An investigation into the prevalence of domestic violence against pregnant women has found that 22.7% endure some kind of violence – emotional, physical or sexual – within their relationship.

Read more at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/f-sf-2op121214.php

Is A Georgia Prison Trying To Cover Up The Rape Of A Transgender Woman? from BuzzFeed, 12/16/14

December 19th, 2014 Justine No comments

This is not the first suit of its kind: Transgender inmates all over the country have long alleged systemic mistreatment. But the extent to which this particular prison neglected widely accepted procedures for housing transgender inmates, allegedly ignored Green’s pleas for help, and then misplaced evidence after her alleged attack — all detailed here for the first time — reveal just how little circumstances have changed for transgender inmates today, 11 years after the passage of a federal anti-prison rape law that was supposed to help protect them.

Read more at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/georgia-prison-rape-zahara-green#.wqBOm9rjV

 

Critical Steps for Healing of Domestic Human Trafficking Survivors Outlined in New Documentary from RNS, 12/16/14

December 19th, 2014 Justine No comments

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar global industry where victims are forced or coerced into labor or commercial sex. Each year, an estimated 100,000 children and thousands more women are sold for sex in the United States. The average age of those exploited into the sex trade is just 12-14 years old. Traffickers frequently target victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims enslaved in the sex industry for their own profit.

In the documentary, Allert shares the steps she has developed for helping survivors. They include mitigating or reducing any threats, so the survivor can focus on healing; helping survivors work through psychological and emotional issues related to their experience; helping them form new, healthy relationships; and discovering what makes them unique, so they can develop an environment where they will flourish.

 

Read more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/12/16/critical-steps-healing-domestic-human-trafficking-survivors-outlined-new-documentary/#sthash.XC8bBuyQ.dpuf

 

*Trigger Warning* High Court to Rule on Violent Social Media Threats from WENews, 12/17/14

December 19th, 2014 Justine No comments

“There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you,” the estranged husband at the center of this case posted on his Facebook page. We hope the court will agree that women need protection from this kind of threat.

Read more: http://womensenews.org/story/in-the-courts/141216/high-court-rule-violent-social-media-threats#.VJQ3yADt


How can I talk about healthy sexuality in conservative, religious communities?

December 1st, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

by Ali Mailen Perrotto of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

We often hear from advocates in the field who are struggling to bring their messages of healthy sexuality to pockets of their communities that are very conservative, very religious, or both. We know that increasing individual knowledge about sex and sexuality is a key piece of the sexual violence prevention puzzle, so it’s important to find ways to engage all members of your community.

While many spiritual communities have long grappled with issues of responding to sexual violence, we all know that making that next move toward primary prevention can be a leap of faith. An entire issue of Connections magazine was dedicated to this topic a few years back. Contributors found that partnering with faith communities was an important part of their prevention work, and a worthwhile experience for those involved.

If you’re trying to figure out where to begin, you’re not alone. Read more…

Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014 from the European Commission, 11/24/14

November 25th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“The world will soon mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, and the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on the contribution of Women to Peace and Security. We will review the progress that we have made in implementing these important instruments and will reflect on further action.”

Read more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-2081_en.htm