• Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to help individuals, communities and the private sector understand how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.

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    There are many practical steps that are currently being taken in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, faith communities, and workplaces.

    1. Individuals can model supportive relationships and behaviors, call out harmful attitudes, and challenge the societal acceptance of rape and sexual assault.
    2. Communities and businesses can take action to implement policies that promote safety, respect, and equality.
        • Join the #30DaysofSAAM instagram contest. Spread the word about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! Each day in April, post a photo that reflects the day’s theme. Click here to learn more.
        • Participate in SAAM Day Of Action, Tuesday April 3rd. This nationally recognized day provides an opportunity for preventionists and advocates to engage with their communities and kick off SAAM events that are planned throughout April. Click here to learn more, and check back for updates on the 2018 Day of Action.
        • Wear Denim on Denim Day, Wednesday, April 25th. For the past 17 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Click here to learn more. Everyone can display prevention messages and promote awareness.
        • Take a picture with your NO MORE sign for SAAM. There’s no excuse and never an invitation for sexual assault! Join us in calling out harmful attitudes and challenging victim blaming myths by sharing the myth or excuse you say NO MORE to. Take a picture with your NO MORE sign to help challenge the societal acceptance of sexual assault and share on social media with the hashtag #SAAM! Don’t forget to tag NO MORE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 5:16 PM | Anonymous

    Approximately 10 percent of all high school students report experiencing physical dating violence in the previous 12 months, and approximately 10 percent report experiencing sexual dating violence in the previous 12 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The same CDC survey also found that among students who dated, 21 percent of female students and 10 percent of male students experienced physicial and/or sexual violence. 

    Unhealthy relationships during the teen years can disrupt normal development and contribute to other unhealthy behaviors in teens that can lead to problems over a lifetime. Teens who experience dating violence are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, engage in unhealthy behaviors such as experimenting with tobacco, drugs and alcohol, and have thoughts about suicide, according to the CDC. The mental and physical health consequences can extend into adulthood, and unhealthy relationships in adolescence also can create a cycle of abusive relationships. 

    Prevention initiatives include early education about safe dating practices. Efforts that provide education and information about healthy relationships often include components that address problem-solving skills and avoidance of risky behaviors. Dating Matters, a CDC initiative, raises awareness about teen dating violence and includes preventive strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.

    Policymakers can play a role in preventing teen dating violence. At least 22 states have laws that urge or require school boards to develop curriculum on teen dating violence. Some require schools to develop policies related to dating violence and other school violence. Many states have also adopted teen dating violence awareness weeks or months, in an effort to draw the public's attention to a national campaign that promotes prevention, healthy relationships, and offers information and resources. 

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  • Monday, September 11, 2017 5:12 PM | Anonymous

    The BeMore Campaign knows that Black M.E.N. C.A.N be the solution. BeMore has become the frontrunner in increasing healthy nonviolent relationships, decreasing teen dating violence, and engaging men and young men to end violence against women and girls inside of homes and in communities around the world.

    The BeMore pledge goes hand-in-hand with three principles of change adopted by BeMore that entail skills development, leadership development and community solutions. The pledge is as follows: “I pledge to… Model the role Black men can take to break the cycle of violence against women and children. Engage other Black men and boys to develop violence-free lives. Nurture Black young men and boys to create communities free of gender violence. Challenge violent and abusive behaviors in whatever forms they take. Advance behaviors and beliefs that promote healthy and safe relationships. Never engage in dating violence.”

    This internationally known campaign was developed by Sam Simmons, SAFE families manager at Family Partnership, as a culturally competent model to facilitate African American men speaking with African American young men.

    Simmons notes that “the pledge is meant to put a positive public face on men dealing with domestic violence and help them consciously engage in the solution and consciously think about it.”

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