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Nov 08, 2018
It has been over a year since the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke and brought attention to the #MeToo movement. It is amazing to see survivors sharing their stories but often marginalized folks, in particular trans people, are left out of the conversation. Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo movement, has spoken on the erasure of marginalized peoples, including trans folks here: “…No matter how much I keep talking about power and privilege, they keep bringing it back to individuals. It would be very easy to get swept up and change directions and change the focus of this work, but that
Nov 02, 2018
When someone is sexually assaulted, they may choose to go to the hospital and have a rape kit done. Oftentimes, it is a forensic nurse, a nurse who specializes in evidence collection, who will conduct this examination. In honor of Forensic Nurses Week, we checked in with forensic nurse Tammy Bimber, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CEN, to learn more about the role of these nurses. Tammy shared with us what got her into the field, the day-to-day responsibilities of a forensic nurse, the rape kit evidence collection process, and more. Tammy has over 20 years of nursing experience, including 18 years
Oct 25, 2018
In times of disaster, even the most critical social services may be forced to close their doors to those who need them most. Rape crisis centers are local organizations that offer direct services to those impacted by sexual assault, their loved ones, and the surrounding community. They are one place that survivors of sexual assault can count on for support, but these safe havens aren't immune to structural and logistical problems that arise following natural disasters. In situations like this, survivors may find themselves struggling without the support system they've come to count on. Not to
Oct 17, 2018
In July, the NSVRC held an Ask a Preventionist! live event with partners, Beth Hamilton, Associate Director of Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence and Destie Hohman Sprague, Associate Director of Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault about how to put research into action for a state approach to K-12 sexual violence prevention policy.  If you missed the event you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel. Evaluating the effectiveness of policy can be challenging.  It requires strong partnerships and lots of planning. The National Center for
Oct 15, 2018
Throughout the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated in the United States, we want to give special recognition to the feminist movements that have fought for the rights of Latin American and Hispanic women. Being a woman in a Latin American and Hispanic country is not quite easy: gender gap, lack of opportunities, psychological, physical and verbal aggressions, and violence because of being a woman are extremely worrisome.   Therefore, this post is dedicated to extol the value of those women who, with their intense struggle, contribute to defeating this inequity that still persists
Oct 03, 2018
How can you put research into action to reframe sexual violence and communicate more effectively about prevention? Join us for a live event where NSVRC staff will be talking with Pamela Mejia, MS, MPH, Head of Research at Berkeley Media Studies Group, about how to communicate more effectively about preventing sexual harassment, abuse, and assault.     For the past five years, BMSG has worked with NSVRC to research and understand how to develop effective messages about prevention. Our recent publication Moving toward prevention: A guide for reframing sexual violence explores how
Sep 26, 2018
With September 15th-October 12th being Hispanic Heritage Month, I wanted to share a couple of children’s books that folks could possibly share with the kiddos in their lives. Children share a special place in my heart and it is very important to me to teach my own child about the importance of diversity. I believe the few books I’ve chosen to highlight this month, are wonderful resources that not only celebrate Latinx heritage, but also teach valuable lessons on perseverance, acceptance, and pride.   The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza by Juan Herrera is a memoir by the award winning
Sep 25, 2018
Laura Palumbo National Sexual Violence Resource Center 877-739-3895, ext. 128 September 25, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Following the announcement that comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison, National Sexual Violence Resource Center Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser issued the following statement: “This sentence acknowledges the experiences of the dozens of women abused by Cosby and sends a clear message that sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse cannot and will not be tolerated even years after the event.” “Sexual assault is a
Sep 19, 2018
Rape culture makes it difficult for people to disclose an assault. Often survivors choose not to report for many reasons, such as barriers to reporting, fear of not being believed, and others. Stories can be powerful, and sometimes it takes just one person to tell their story so others are empowered to come forward. This is why it is important for advocates to understand how to support survivors in the storytelling process.  Over the last few months, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) partnered with StoryCenter to bring us the Storytelling Webinar Series. This
Sep 18, 2018
September 18, 2018                                                                                                                                                             Laura Palumbo, Communications