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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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How can my program help domestic violence survivors access affordable health coverage?

January 5th, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

by Shaina Goodman of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

For many victims of domestic violence, access to health care is a critical component of their healing and recovery. The health consequences of domestic violence are serious, and can include chronic pain, arthritis, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, and more (Kendall-Tackett et al, 2003; Breiding, Black, & Ryan, 2008). Women with a history of intimate partner violence also utilize health care services more often and have higher health care costs than women without such a history (Ulrich et al, 2003).

Despite a recent significant drop in the number of uninsured, 32 million Americans still lack health insurance. This is troubling because insurance coverage not only improves health outcomes, but can help strengthen both social well-being and economic security. Helping people in need gain access to health coverage can sometimes be the difference between life and death. A recent study following one state’s health care reform efforts in the last decade shows that near universal health coverage leads to a drop in mortality rates.

For these reasons, advocates can play an important role in helping domestic violence survivors understand their options for affordable health coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (sometimes referred to as Obamacare) provides avenues for those that were previously uninsured or underinsured to get the coverage they need – but there is still some confusion and anxiety about what the law means and how to access the options that might be available. We hope this guidance provides clarity for advocates and for the survivors with whom you work.

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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…

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…