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Feb 03, 2023
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The theme for this year is “Be About It!” This theme was selected by the love is respect Youth Council and is a continuation of last year’s theme “Talk about it.” Teen dating violence includes physical, emotional, sexual, or digital abuse in a current dating relationship or by a former dating partner. Young people experience violence at alarming rates. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Over 71% of women and over 55% of men first experienced intimate partner violence (sexual or physical violence,
Dec 20, 2022
Happy Holidays!  The holiday season can be a joyful and happy time but can also come with a ton of stress and anxiety (even if you welcome and enjoy the holiday season).  This time of year can also be a dark time for some especially for those who have lost someone.  Managing our mental health is important regardless of the time of year, but it is also essential during the holidays. Being around family or not being around family, triggers surrounding food, not having enough food,  and a packed holiday schedule can be stressful and sometimes harmful. The stress and pressure
Dec 13, 2022
The following list is meant to connect folks with resources that address an array of issues in the Indigenous and Native community.   Survivor & Domestic Violence Resources A Toolkit for Action Tribal Community Response When a Woman Is Missing  from National Indigenous Women's Resource Center   First Nations Sexual Health Toolkit from Native Youth Sexual Health   Indian Country Resource from the US Department of Justice   Indigenizing Love Toolkit from Western States Center   Missing Indigenous Sisters Tools Initiative from National Indigenous Women's
Nov 22, 2022
The holiday season is coming at us in full force. Before Halloween was over, stores began putting out anything sparkly, red/green, and Santa like, shoving anything having to do with Thanksgiving to a back corner. For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time to come together to celebrate, despite what many of us learned in school about Thanksgiving. For many Native Americans, this is not a time of celebration. The entire month of November is dedicated to National Native American Heritage Month. One thing we can do at this time is to uplift the perspective and contributions of Native Americans.
Nov 22, 2022
All too often, white Americans mythologize our history to the point where we erase the horrors perpetrated by the leaders of our past. On Thanksgiving, we commonly celebrate the story of Native Americans and Pilgrims coming together while ignoring the centuries of bloodshed and trauma colonizers enacted upon the original inhabitants of this country.  Oppression is a root cause of sexual violence and stems from the violent past committed in the name of white supremacy. Rooted in history, institutional oppression is very much part of the nation today. Native women continue to experience
Nov 15, 2022
Every April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual harassment, assault, and abuse are widespread and impact every person in the community. SAAM aims to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.  The theme of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023 is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity.” The campaign calls on all individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions to change ourselves and the systems surrounding us to build racial equity and respect.  Systems of oppression such as racism,
Oct 11, 2022
  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a new report, The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2016/2017 Report on Intimate Partner Violence. This report  highlights the most recent findings from the the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surivey (NISVS) specifically around experiences of intimate partner violence.  NISVS was launched in 2010 as an ongoing survey of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence against adult women and men in the United States (at this point, CDC does not collect data about
Oct 10, 2022
The history of indigenous women in this country has been undeniably stained by centuries of brutality at the hands of their oppressors. For too long, laws and policies in the United States have denied Indigenous women the basic human rights of bodily autonomy, self-advocacy, and justice -- all of which they are entitled to as a basic human right. The ripple effects of this long-standing abuse, mainstream ambivalence toward the problem, and lack of accountability for these crimes can still be felt today. In the last couple of years, however, the United States’s Justice and Interior
Oct 07, 2022
Harrisburg, PA — SAAM 2023 planning is well underway, and we are excited to announce our upcoming theme in the coming weeks. As we prepare, we also recognize the significance of violence prevention campaigns taking place in the now. Each year, in October, advocates, survivors and supporters recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This fall, NSVRC is joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) in their national combined campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and GiveForDV.
Sep 20, 2022
The first American school to teach American Sign Language (ASL) was the Hartford-based Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons in 1817 (renamed the American School for the Deaf). While the focus on educating persons with disabilities was groundbreaking at the time, it is clear from the institution’s name alone that there was an implicit, audist prejudice in its perception and approach to its students. Audism, the preferential treatment and bias towards hearing people over Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HoH) people, has informed how the hearing population has