Posts Tagged ‘ending violence’

Human Trafficking Victims Caught in Cycle of Deceit, Abuse from Fay Observer, 06/01/2015

June 23rd, 2015 Justine No comments

For days, a 14-year-old girl walked around a Fayetteville motel on Skibo Road wearing nothing but a tight shirt and shorts that barely covered her bottom. She didn’t have shoes or any personal belongings. She didn’t talk to anyone. But she hoped a hotel employee or patron – anyone – would speak to her. She walked around the hallways, up and down stairs and into common areas. Her quiet pleas for help went unanswered.

After Fayetteville police rescued her, Kelly Twedell, director of the Fayetteville Dream Center, asked the girl why she didn’t tell motel employees, or anyone else, she needed help. “Because no one would have believed me,” she said. She didn’t run because she didn’t have shoes or proper clothes.

Her story isn’t unique. She was a victim of human sex trafficking, a $9.5 billion industry in the U.S. that awareness groups say is happening in more places than people realize – including Fayetteville. Victims struggle to get out while law enforcement struggles to get in. Awareness, law enforcement training and more effective legislation are increasing. But while society struggles to keep up, this cottage industry churns on, with lives damaged, profits made and no sure decline in sight.

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Harrisburg Senators Sign Father’s Day Pledge Against Domestic Violence from ABC 27

June 17th, 2015 Justine No comments

The Harrisburg Senators are used to signing autographs, but not usually like this.

Senators and their coaches signed the Father’s Day pledge to end gender violence and gathered for a pre-game photo-op with the pledges, in the hopes it would spur fans to do the same.

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Agenda 2030: Violence against women from GBN Ghana Business News, 06/10/2015

June 11th, 2015 Justine No comments

Key Messages

•  All regions have unacceptably high rates of violence against women, with recent global estimates showing that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

•   A major obstacle for ending violence against women is the persistence of discriminatory attitudes and social norms that normalise and permit violence.

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NIH Funds $177,147 Study to Reduce ‘Intimate Partner Violence’ Among Youth in South Africa from CNS News 06/09/2015

June 10th, 2015 Justine No comments

The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $177,147 to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation to reduce “intimate partner violence” among South African youth.

The grant proposes an intervention that will increase social support for girls; question male norms of superiority, sexual entitlement, and control of girls; reduce alcohol and drug use; and improve communication to reduce the use of violence in resolving relationship conflicts.

The project involves adapting a school-based program called Safe Dates, which has already been implemented in the United States and has been show to “significantly” reduce intimate partner violence among 8th and 9th grade students in the southeastern U.S.

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If You’re A Domestic Violence Survivor With Unexplained Symptoms, Read This from the Huffington Post, 06/05/2015

June 8th, 2015 Justine No comments

Earlier this week, The Huffington Post ran a story on undiagnosed traumatic brain injury in domestic violence survivors. We received an outpouring of emails from women who suspected they might be suffering from the condition. Here, we spoke to some experts on what women should do if they believe they have a traumatic brain injury.

Need help right now? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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‘Enough Femicide,’ Say Argentines Rallying Against Domestic Violence from France 24, 06/03/2015

June 4th, 2015 Justine No comments

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Argentina on Wednesday to condemn violence against women after a series of brutal murders.

Carrying signs with slogans like “machismo kills” and “enough deaths,” Argentines flooded the streets of Buenos Aires and more than 100 other cities.

“We’re seeing a social and political inflexion point,” with people mobilizing en masse because of the recent killings, said Fabiana Tunez, director of one of the main organizations behind the marches, women’s rights group La Casa del Encuentro.

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