Raising Awareness: Know more. #NOMORE.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a time for advocates, survivors and their families to remember those that have lost their lives to domestic violence, to celebrate and support those that have survived, and to connect with others in a way that re-energizes us to continue working to end violence and abuse in intimate relationships. Through its Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the NRCDV seeks to make commemorating this national observance easier to manage for advocates working in programs with varying levels of capacity. Tools are provided to assist those seeking to engage the media, with key talking points forms on various topics and tips on how to build long term relationships with the media to help spread our message of #NOMORE domestic violence and sexual assault. For those needing help with eye-catching artwork, flyers, and awareness month logos, several easy-to-download graphics and templates are available—in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. If you’re unsure of what type of event to hold, it’s not too late to review our easy-to-follow, instructional campaign handouts; learn how to organize a meaningful and impactful event no matter how brief your planning period may be. Or check our DVAM events database for more ideas. You can also access a variety of free, high-quality materials to educate the public and increase awareness of domestic violence by sharing our eLearning module, Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics, or by purchasing low-cost posters and novelty items from our online store. Join us for the 4th Annual National Call of Unity, being held on Tuesday, October 1st at 3:00pm Eastern. Check the flyer for more details!
Be sure to connect with us via the NRCDV’s various social media channels: you can follow and engage with the National DVAP on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram today!
Since the release of new reports on sexual violence in the military, there have been lots of questions about how to address sexual violence within such a large system. First, note that rape culture exists in every institution, and this problem is not unique to the military. What is unique about this issue is that the military has identified sexual violence as a major issue, dedicated attention and resources to addressing it, and are held increasingly more accountable for making changes by both grassroots advocacy groups and the U.S. government.
The DoD reports on incidence and prevalence of both sexual assault and sexual harassment within active duty branches and military service academies since receiving a directive from the U.S. Congress in 2005. At that time, they established the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) to help promote internal accountability and more effective prevention and response activities. The CDC released a special report on violence experienced by military service members as part of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) data. Read more…
“Recent congressional hearings featured generals promising change and outlining programs created to fix the issues, but those in this military community say that’s not enough to solve the problem.”
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/23/sexual-assaults-continue-to-plague-military/2577995/
“A soldier assigned to coordinate a sexual assault prevention program in Texas is under investigation for ‘abusive sexual contact’ and other alleged misconduct and has been suspended from his duties, the Army announced Tuesday. Just last week an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was himself arrested on charges of groping a woman in a parking lot.”
Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57584515/fort-hood-sex-assault-prevention-coordinator-accused-of-abuse/
The article reports, “The chief of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch has been removed from the position following his weekend arrest on a sexual battery charge in Arlington, Va., according to an Air Force spokeswoman.”
Read more at: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20130506/NEWS/305060040/USAF-sexual-assault-prevention-chief-charged-sexual-battery
See also: Sexual assaults in the military up 35% since 2010 from USA Today, 5/7/13
“The Department of Defense yesterday released updated policies and procedures aimed at combating sexual assaults in the military and improving care for victims.”
Read more at: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119655
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