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Jan 31, 2020
By Rochelle Keyhan, Chief Executive Officer of Collective Liberty For most of us, human trafficking conjures images of young women being kidnapped by traffickers like in the movie Taken. While people are kidnapped and trafficked in this way, it is not even close to the most common forms of trafficking occurring on a daily basis. There are at least 25 types of human trafficking occuring in the United States, and most of them are hidden in plain sight, invisible if you’re looking for violent, Taken style exploitation. For example, the girls who met R. Kelly with stars in their eyes and
Jan 30, 2020
This month is the 16th annual National Stalking Awareness Month. The month of January is dedicated to raising awareness of stalking and understanding what we can do to recognize and combat this serious issue. We’ve compiled some helpful information and resources on what this month is all about. Let’s jump in! What is Stalking? Stalking is a form of harassment where a pattern of behaviors are directed at a specific person that causes them to feel scared and unsafe. Stalking behaviors can include unwanted contact (repeated calls, texts, or emails), physically following someone, sending unwanted
Jan 29, 2020
Do you have 10 minutes? My January has been full of so many 10-minute conversations in an attempt to figure out how to accomplish #allthethings I want to accomplish this year. Many of these conversations have been about how to measure stuff. I lucked out when Rose Hennessy, from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, gave me 10 minutes to talk about measuring bystander intervention. Lots of questions circled in our heads, but the following questions bubbled to the top: Are you measuring intentions or actual behaviors? Are you asking people if they ALWAYS intervene to stop abuse and
Jan 16, 2020
Many people may like to believe that modern-day slavery does not exist and that human beings have evolved to a place of true equity, but sadly this is not the case. The month of January highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States, which makes awareness of the issue increasingly important. The NSVRC/PCAR Libraries have a growing collection of materials dedicated to bringing awareness to trafficking in the United States. Below are just a few of these great resources.  Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues Then and Now
Jan 07, 2020
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and we’re here to give you resources to help you stay informed and make a difference this month. What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is defined as the buying, selling, and/or transportation of a person for the purpose of exploiting them for sex or forced labor. Specifically, victims of sex trafficking are induced by force, fraud, or coercion into sex acts such as prostitution, pornography, or stripping.  Victims of Human Trafficking There is no “one size fits all” for what a victim of human trafficking looks like.
Dec 17, 2019
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys have experienced child sexual abuse at some point before they turned 18. Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a serious and widespread problem; however, it can be prevented. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just sent a report on preventing child sexual abuse to Congress, which highlights how preventing childhood sexual abuse is a public health priority. It also explains CDC’s current efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, and it addresses the gaps that still exist in preventing child sexual abuse.
Dec 06, 2019
A repost of a blog from our partners at the Urban Institute, Dr. Janine Zweig and Emily Tiry. Originally posted here on the Urban Institute's website. Uber’s ride-sharing platform has massive reach across the US and the world, connecting more than 1 billion rides in 2017 and even more in 2018. At the same time, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault are ubiquitous social problems in the United States (PDF). Given the scope of Uber’s reach and the way the platform connects people, it is a matter of reality that incidents of sexual misconduct and violence will
Dec 03, 2019
Learn from the researchers  NSVRC recently had an exciting conversation with Sevonna Brown, Assistant Executive Director for Black Women’s Blueprint, about their narrative approach and key findings to a six-year study that interlinks reproductive and sexual violence, and the maternal mortality pipeline for women of color. Check it out now to learn more about why the research was done and how we can use the findings to inform prevention practices and collaborations! Have a question? Submit it to us via email by Friday, December 20. We will be compiling all questions and sharing responses
Nov 21, 2019
For many of us, November signals the beginning of the holiday rush. Stores are already reminding us that we need to buy buy buy for all those people on our lists. Somehow we’ve bypassed Thanksgiving completely and headed straight into the chaos of Christmas. Before we begin the hype and buzz of the holidays, my hope is that we are able to stop and reflect on November as National Native American Heritage Month. Before any of us were even a thought, various tribes lived and died on the land that we celebrate on. It feels like one dedicated month is not enough time to recognize such influential
Oct 11, 2019
Our nation’s history consists of various different people and groups struggling to make a way for themselves, testing what freedom really means. Many populations often times get overlooked or pushed off to the side. It is important that this October, we take the time as a culture to reflect on the LGBTQ community and its own rich history. In an era where equality is such a pervasive term, it is important that all populations be seen and heard. The NSVRC/PCAR library tries to fill its collection with a variety of resources that hopefully will educate those who are interested. I wanted to give