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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

Battered, Bereaved, and Behind Bars from BuzzFeed News, 10/2/14

November 18th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years? A BuzzFeed News Investigation.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/how-the-law-turns-battered-women-into-criminals#1u8oxdk

Responding to Sexual Violence in Indian Country by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. for the USDOJ, 11/17/14

November 18th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

“My pledge to these dedicated leaders was that their report, and the insights they offered, will not merely go on a shelf – they will provide a solid basis for the Justice Department to take robust action.  In the days ahead, they will guide our efforts to take practical steps to implement – and to institutionalize – the changes we need to gain the trust of survivors, to transform attitudes surrounding these heinous crimes, and to strengthen existing tribal values that women must be respected.  And they will inform our broad-based efforts to keep supporting and building upon the exemplary work that law enforcement leaders, victim advocates, and tribal authorities across the country are doing every day to help us turn the tide.”

Read more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/responding-sexual-violence-indian-country-attorney-general-eric-h-holder-jr

NRCDV eNewsletter: October/November 2014

November 3rd, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

When a young person runs away, the impact is felt throughout the entire community. Observed in November, National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) offers an opportunity for us to explore and enhance our role in helping youth live happy and healthy lives.

The goals of NRPM are to raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face, and educate all of us about solutions and the role we can play in ending youth homelessness.

The theme of NRPM 2014 is Piecing it all Together, which represents the multiple, interconnected experiences of runaway and homeless youth (including bullying, abuse, community or school violence, human trafficking, sexual or gender identity struggles, foster care, substance abuse, mental health challenges, or involvement in the juvenile justice system) and the nature of effective, collaborative community-based models for addressing these experiences and promoting youth resiliency.

Join the NRCDV in observing NPRM this November, and in working to enhance our response to the runaway and homeless youth population. Read more…

How can my program be responsive to the needs of runaway and homeless youth?

October 31st, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

by Elizabeth Flood for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Nearly one in five young people in the United States runaway from homes before the time they reach the 18 years of age (Urban Institute, 2010). In fact, approximately 1.6 million youths are identified as runaway or homeless (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004).

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) broadly defines homeless youth as individuals under the age of 18 lacking the opportunity to live in a safe environment with their family and who have no other safe alternative, long-term living arrangement; however, a majority of U.S. jurisdictions do not have specific definitions for the runaway and homeless youth population (National Network for Youth, 2012). The lack of classification and consistency in definitions and terminology between states presents challenges for interstate collaboration and the development of targeted interventions and services. The report, Alone Without a Home (National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty & National Network for Youth, September 2012), reviews the laws related to runaway and homeless youth in each U.S. State and territory. Read more…