Posts Tagged ‘ending violence’

Downtown March Puts Focus on Human Trafficking from The Columbus Dispatch, 05/04/2015

May 5th, 2015 Justine No comments

Several hundred demonstrators marched from City Hall to the Statehouse yesterday to publicize the issue of human trafficking and demand an end to it.

Trafficking is modern-day slavery, forcing most victims into the sex trade and other forced labor. It occurs worldwide, including in central Ohio, not just in far-flung places such as Thailand, the organizers of March for Freedom-Columbus said.

Among the throng were as many as 50 survivors of trafficking.

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A Father in Texas Takes On Sexual Assault in Sports from The New York Times, 05/01/2015

May 4th, 2015 Justine No comments

Miller, an influential political consultant in Austin, had opened the newspaper on Christmas Eve and read a column about Winston, about the rape accusation against him, and about how Winston had considered his accuser’s moaning to mean that she had consented to sex.

Miller thought about his three college-age children — two daughters and a son — who were home that day, snoozing away in their childhood beds. What if their lives had been changed by someone who didn’t know the definition of consent?

Miller, a longtime power broker in Texas politics, went to work and his efforts to address one of the most important issues playing out in sports — violence against women — have a chance to make a significant impact.

His idea was simple. Miller, 64, led an initiative to take an educational video about sexual assault and respecting women into Texas public high schools, and then he persuaded state officials to make viewing it mandatory for every student-athlete. (In 2013-14, that was about 805,200 athletes, according to the University Interscholastic League.)

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Truckers Work to Drive Out Human Trafficking from WLTX 19, 04/30/2015

May 1st, 2015 Justine No comments

Human trafficking is a big business across the country. Numerous agencies and non-profits are attacking the problem by trying to help victims, but one company is traveling across the Southeast, targeting those who purchase people for sex.

They call themselves the Vigilante Truckers.   Read More

Vice President Biden Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Announcing It’s On Us Progress from the White House, 04/23/2015

April 24th, 2015 Justine No comments

Today at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Vice President Biden is honoring April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month by sharing an update on the Administration’s efforts to help combat sexual assault, especially on college and university campuses.

New Commitments

It’s On Us now includes 75 non-profit and private-sector partners that focus on supporting the campaign using digital, television, and alternative strategies. Recent commitments from new partners include:

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Committee calls for better measures against domestic violence from the Daily Sabah: Turkey, 4/19/2015

April 20th, 2015 Justine No comments

“A parliamentary committee on domestic violence set out a list of recommendations to tackle the phenomenon, ranging from more effective legal measures against offenders to raising the legal marriage age from 17 to 18.

Looking into ways to tackle the domestic violence that has been plaguing the country in recent years, Parliament has been mulling on more effective measures to curb the disturbing phenomenon.”
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Domestic Violence A Hidden Problem Among the Elderly from North New Jersey News, 04/06/2015

April 7th, 2015 Justine No comments

Local and national experts on domestic violence and the elderly said that while research focuses on younger victims, assaults are likely just as prevalent among the elderly. In 2012, about 5 percent of domestic violence victims in New Jersey — or 2,900 of all reported cases — were 60 or older, according to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Report on Domestic Violence. But they were the victims of 18 percent of domestic murders – seven out of 38.

And the elderly population is often underserved by services for battered women and overlooked by research on domestic violence.

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