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Mar 19, 2018
By Carol May, Communications Intern for NSVRC Workplaces are important aspects of our society – places with cultures of their own that can play a large role in promoting healthy communities for both employees and those who patronize the business. And with the #MeToo movement shining a light on the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment, there has never been a better time for workplaces to get involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  Below is an array of activities that your workplace can take part in to commemorate SAAM this April. Some call for creativity, others are designed
Feb 26, 2018
The #MeToo movement has plenty of people talking about the prevalence of sexual violence and what they can do to help prevent it. But there are still many aspects of sexual violence that have been left unaddressed in this national conversation. And one of these areas is the connection between eating disorders and sexual violence. In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we’re shining a light on the intersection of these two critical issues. Understanding the connection between sexual trauma and eating disorders is vital for those working with survivors of sexual assault and
Feb 22, 2018
By NSVRC's Yolanda Edrington, Associate Director, and Damary Rodriguez, Database and Resource Assistant Recently we wrote a blog on black men and their thoughts on the #MeToo movement, the intersections of race and sexual violence, and how the movement has affected black folks. While writing that piece, we came across a video about Ciaspora, a block chain company for reporting sexual assault, created by students attending Texas A& M University. We posed some of the same questions from our previous blog to the Ciaspora Executive Team: Gentill Abdulla, Urel Djiogan, Princewill Imouokhome,
Feb 16, 2018
By Damary Rodriguez, Database and Resource Assistant at NSVRC   Right now we are experiencing a pivotal moment in the anti-sexual violence movement. Since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein surfaced, numerous accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault have been shared by people around the country and around the world. Sometimes it takes just one person to tell their story so others are empowered to come forward.   Rape culture makes it difficult for people to disclose an assault. Oftentimes survivors choose not to report because they fear they may not be believed. Also, the
Feb 13, 2018
By the NSVRC's Yolanda Edrington, Associate Director, and Damary Rodriguez, Database and Resource Assistant The #MeToo movement has been empowering to survivors of sexual violence. Tarana Burke founded #MeToo to "help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing.” As an advocate, I have seen few black women advocates and survivors, and encountered even fewer black men involved in the anti-sexual violence movement. So when I heard Charlamagne tha God from the radio show The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM explaining his
Feb 13, 2018
Check out NSVRC’s newest video podcast series “Resilience in Children.” In this two part video podcast series Casey Keene from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence talks about resilience in children after experiencing trauma. In these videos she explains that children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences can thrive.  In part one Casey explains what resilience is and in part two, how to foster resilience in children.  This series is part of the Sexual Assault Across the Lifespan Project, where you can learn more about sexual violence against children. Working with
Feb 07, 2018
I've always loved children’s books and now, as a mother of a toddler, I have become even more enthralled with them. At home we have books in every room, on the floor, on the furniture, and a few on shelves. It warms my heart that my little one loves books as much as I do. Today I wanted to share a few of the stories we have already enjoyed together and a few I will introduce to my kiddo later on. These stories, also held in the NSVRC/PCAR Libraries, are perfect for parents or caregivers to share with their little ones to help introduce and recognize Black History Month. A is for Activist by
Feb 06, 2018
by Tatiana Piper, Training Projects Specialist at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape I am a young, African American woman who has so much pride, dignity and joy in being black. Unfortunately, that pride and joy did not come easily. It was often blocked by insecurities which stemmed from what society thought black should be. As a child my father would declare, “Say it loud and say it proud. I’m black and I’m proud.” Although it would take several times for me to finally find the courage, I would recite it back to him shouting with confidence. Through the continuous teachings of my father
Jan 30, 2018
A text conversation about Cat Person, a fictional short story by Kristen Roupenian which appeared in The New Yorker on December 11, 2017. Blog post by Louie Marven, Training Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Hey did you read Cat Person? I SURE DID and I have thoughts! I think the defensive posture that some have taken in response to it is definitely troubling Okay I haven’t read that but can assume what it’s been Have you seen the @mencatperson Twitter? It’s funny/demoralizing in a very 2k17 way I did read about some people saying Margot should have less sex
Jan 29, 2018
POSITION SUMMARY The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to serve as Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in Harrisburg, PA. The full-time position will be located in Harrisburg. The NSVRC, managed by PCAR, is the only resource center of its kind, distributing and creating information and professional support to local, state, and national organizations working to address and prevent all forms of sexual violence. VALUES STATEMENT PCAR/NSVRC understands sexual violence as a social justice issue and works to prevent and respond