“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.”
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 foundation, capacity 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.
“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.”
National Campaign Engages Latino Men in the Domestic Violence Movement from the National Latin@ Network, 4/1/14
“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.”
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.
“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.”