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What do advocates need to know about forced marriage in the U.S.?

June 29th, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership with the Tahirih Justice Center

What is forced marriage?

A forced marriage, by definition, takes place without the full and free consent of one or both parties, and typically involves force, coercion, and deception. Forced marriages can happen to individuals of any gender, age, socio-economic, ethnic or religious background. There are thousands of victims living in the U.S., some of whom were forced into marriages overseas, and others of whom were forced into marriage on U.S. soil (Tahirih Justice Center, 2015).
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What does organizational support for prevention evaluation look like?

June 1st, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

By Jennifer Grove, Prevention Outreach Coordinator at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

Many non-profit organizations are tasked with showing funders that their sexual violence prevention work is making a difference. Over the past several years, more programs are coming to understand the role that evaluation plays in carrying out effective, culturally-relevant prevention strategies. Programs are at various levels when it comes to their commitment to evaluation; however, organizational commitment plays a key and vital role. Some see the need to do evaluation, but it seems so big and overwhelming that they don’t know where to start. The NSVRC has developed some great resources to help programs in their evaluation efforts. For example, the online learning course, Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: Steps and strategies for preventionists, is an evaluation 101 course specific to sexual violence prevention.
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How can I assist survivors of Jewish faith in overcoming obstacles to obtaining a religious divorce (“Get”)?

May 4th, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

The issue of abusive spouses preventing survivors of Jewish faith from obtaining a religious divorce (get) is just one example of how religion and faith can play a major role in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. To learn more about the intersection of domestic violence and religion, access VAWnet Special Collection Domestic Violence and Religion.

What is a get?

A get is a document needed to terminate a marriage between two Jewish people and certifies the fact that each individual is now free to remarry in accordance with Jewish law. It is important to note that there are a number of sects within Judaism, not all of which require a get in the event of divorce. Typically, the get is required within more observant sects, such as the Orthodox movement.
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How can campus sexual violence prevention efforts be inclusive and relevant for all students?

April 1st, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

by Ali Mailen Perrotto of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Happy Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! April is here and it’s time to take action to prevent sexual violence on college campuses. Throughout the campaign planning process, the NSVRC got lots of questions from both students and staff at universities. One of our favorite questions was how to make sexual violence prevention efforts relevant and accessible for the greatest number of students.

We love this question because it tells us that campus activists are thinking in a big picture way, and moving beyond a more limited idea of what prevention means. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy answer though. There have been many years of campus-based “prevention” programming that sort of misses the mark for what is truly going to end a culture of sexual violence.
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What must high schools do in response to reports of sexual violence?

March 2nd, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

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by Ali Mailen Perrotto of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

As the NSVRC gears up for our 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Campaign, lots of questions have been coming in about the obligations that schools have to respond to reports of sexual violence. While this year’s campaign focuses on sexual violence on college and university campuses, high schools must also be accountable to responding to sexual violence responsibly.
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How can I support LGBTQ youth in identifying models of healthy relationships?

February 2nd, 2015 CaseyKeene 1 comment

by Louie Marven of the LGBT Center of Central PA

LGBTQ youth encounter a number of barriers in accessing safe spaces. While LGBTQ youth experiences remain vastly under-researched, there are some valuable resources that shed light on school climate for LGBTQ students in middle and high schools and colleges. This research demonstrates, among other findings, that LGBTQ students experience bullying and harassment at alarming rates, especially compared to their non-LGBTQ peers.

A topic that is sometimes lost in the conversation around LGBTQ youth access to safe spaces is the topic of healthy dating relationships. This February, for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, consider how you can ensure that this topic gets the attention it deserves.
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