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Oct 05, 2021
Diana Mancera is the Director of Membership and Programs at Jane Doe, Inc. (JDI). She develops and implements the Massachusetts SA and DV State Coalition initiatives to support the Coalition’s diverse statewide membership and oversees training and technical assistance in prevention, technology safety, and programming. She is also the Vice-president of Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts (LUMA), a non-profit organization that protects the rights of, educates, organizes, and empowers immigrant communities. Ariel Valdes (she/they/ella) is JDI’s Part-Time Education and Training Coordinator and
Oct 05, 2021
At the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), we have a commitment to language access. NSVRC is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), and we are obligated to provide meaningful language access in our services.  In addition, we have a language access plan to work towards becoming more accessible. Our plan defines language access as “the rights of individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to receive meaningful access to federally funded state and Federal programs.” The plan also addresses language justice, which is “the right of survivors to
Sep 28, 2021
Yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of R&B singer R. Kelly is a hard-won and symbolic victory for countless Black women and girls who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Our thoughts are with the survivors and their families, with the hope that this conviction can be a step towards healing. R. Kelly committed abuse for decades, and while this truth was known, he has not faced legal  accountability until now. This trial is one of the first high-profile cases of sexual assault where all of the victims who have testified are Black women and men. We must listen
Sep 27, 2021
In the past five years alongside the #MeToo movement, we have witnessed an unprecedented number of celebrities and public figures face allegations and criminal sexual assault charges. More recently, the compounding trauma and increased use of technology during the global COVID-19 pandemic may also contribute to more survivors sharing their stories publicly online. As high-profile individuals facing charges, the accused usually have loyal fanbases willing to defend them in the court of public opinion. Despite research on the prevalence of sexual violence, many people still struggle to accept
Sep 27, 2021
I am a huge advocate for allowing everyone access to whatever books they choose. As a librarian, censorship is something that I will always fight against. The NSVRC/PCAR Libraries recognize Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2, 2021) as a chance to join with other libraries around the country in an effort to make all books available and accessible to everyone. Every year, the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom puts together a list of the ten most challenged books within the past year. It just so happens that we have most of these books within our collection, and
Sep 22, 2021
Biphobia, or the fear or rejection of Bi+ identities and people, has been pervasive throughout history and is still present today. This not only has a lot to do with a lack of understanding about human sexuality, but also due to society’s reliance on binaries.  Bisexuality is often wrongly regarded as a place between being ‘straight’ and ‘gay.’ Bi+ members of the LGBTQIA+ community often face challenges which are not addressed uniquely as distinctive issues in themselves. This ‘lumping in’ effect sometimes assumes that being Bi+ can be a ‘catch-all’ identity that mirrors other issues in
Sep 22, 2021
The Bi+ community has struggled to be seen both as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum and a community of its own kind, particular to itself. As a result, Bi+ specific resources are less common than resources for other LGBTQ+ communities. Despite this, there has been a growing awareness of the unique needs of the Bi+ community. Guides & Publications Serving their goal of creating a safer world for LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Project has created How to Support Bi+ Youth, which is a guide on the ways to emotionally nourish and care for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer youth who are attracted to
Sep 22, 2021
*This blog covers issues of sexual violence, self harm, and discrimination and may be triggering for some readers.  Sexual Violence Statistics While sexual violence is disproportionately perpetrated against the queer community across the board, the Bi+ and trans communities are found to have the highest rates as subcommunities. Studies indicate that 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of straight women. Thirty-seven percent of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an
Sep 22, 2021
The Bi+ community has faced and continues to face adversity and difficulty in being recognized and respected. Many queer scholars have theorized that much of the social pushback is due to society’s reliance on binaries (two set ways of being, like male/female, gay/straight, etc.). Social movements of the past century have increasingly rallied for the understanding and acceptance of fluidity — or the understanding that sexuality, identity, and gender work on a spectrum instead of two rigid categories. This is often due to patriarchy.  Patriarchy relies on strict gender and sexuality
Sep 22, 2021
In the book A History of Bisexuality, Steven Angelides raises an important question: How can we construct the history of an identity which, until recently and even now, is thought to not exist? As with any history of social movements and identities, it’s first important to understand that learning history can also inadvertently be a practice of erasure. This means that “documented” or more dominant experiences are usually the only ones included in the historical narrative. This is especially so in the case of bisexuality, as its existence as a category and label has been protested