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Mar 09, 2017
The NSVRC is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Innovations in Evaluation: A Report on Evaluation in the Field of Sexual Violence Prevention. This report, authored by Stephanie M. Townsend, PhD, highlights six state- and local-level approaches to evaluation and explores organizational and individual factors of evaluation capacity.  It offers a glimpse into the evaluation efforts of these programs in New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.  It’s exciting to see the various ways way in which state and community programs have implemented evaluation initiatives.
Mar 08, 2017
This blog post was written by Mo Lewis, Prevention Specialist at NSVRC A report was released this month detailing a five-year study of the Green Dot program in Kentucky high schools. Green Dot is a bystander intervention program that trains students to recognize behaviors and situations that could lead to violence (“red dots”) and identify ways to safely intervene (“green dots”). This randomized control trial (RCT) was held for five years, and included 26 high schools in Kentucky. Students were surveyed annually, and findings show that student-level sexual violence perpetration rates were
Mar 03, 2017
Sexual violence is a complex topic for journalists to cover and can be even more difficult for the general public to understand.  We know what we do and say about sexual violence matters.  In our annual progress report , we talked about the capacity for the news media to tell more complete stories that enhance the public’s understanding of sexual violence and break down misconceptions and myths. News has a profound influence on shaping our national dialogue about sexual violence as well as the common language we use to talk about it. It is vital we amplify the voices of those marginalized
Feb 28, 2017
by Maria Jirau-Torres, MA, Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her seat on the bus to a white man.  She worked all day too and was tired.  But the truth is actually a tad different than the popular story about Ms. Rosa Parks and equally impressive and inspiring.  I address her as Ms. Parks because I would get quite a look from my elders in my culture by addressing my elder by their first name.  I’m NOT going there; Respect. Ms. Rosa refused to give her seat on that bus not because she was physically tired as most think.
Feb 23, 2017
Raliance has a bold mission to end sexual violence in one generation. This mission asks each of us to commit to changing the conversation about sexual violence, build safer environments, and advance a culture that values equality and respect. In our annual progress report, we noted journalists play a critical role informing the public on important social justice issues. News outlets set the bar for what constitutes a topic for national attention, making coverage of sexual violence all the more important. News coverage plays a role in shaping perceptions of the causes and solutions to the
Feb 15, 2017
By Suzanne Estrella, Staff Attorney at PCAR Celia’s story is vividly captured in Celia, a slave, by Melton A. McLaurin. A must read. The author takes the reader on a journey through Celia’s victimization and the subsequent trial that determines her fate. While many would not support Celia’s actions, there is something admirable about her character, and her fight for freedom from oppression. Celia amazes me. She was a child, age 14, when she was purchased and first raped by her owner. She lived in a cabin a short distance from the home the slave owner occupied, and was repeatedly raped by
Feb 14, 2017
By Ali Mailen Perrotto, Contract Liaison for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape I learned in a college philosophy class that the ancient Greeks had a number of highly nuanced words for love. Philia, eros, agape…all have different meanings and draw on different but equally important elements of the human experience. With Valentine’s Day (which actually originated with a bizarre and rather troubling festival for fertility in ancient Rome) coming up, I thought it fitting to reflect on all of these different words for love, and how they relate to sexual violence prevention. Eros This love
Feb 09, 2017
By Venus Malave, IT Support Specialist for Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Nation Sexual Violence Resource Center Hidden Figures is a true story based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and directed by Theodore Melfi about three African-American women who worked for NASA that helped launch the first successful space mission. This all in the era when white supremacy was still at its peak and segregation was still the norm for people of color. “Human Computers” is what they called science mathematicians before the first commercial scientific computer was created by IBM.  This
Feb 01, 2017
By Suzanne Estrella, Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape I have been a member of a predominately white work environment for twenty five years. Currently I work for an organization that considers ending all forms of oppression a key element of its mission and while we are at least having conversations about race; the conversations are awkward, tense and often incomplete. This blog is a personal reflection on the contributing factors that make the conversation difficult and a glimpse into the prospect that makes the journey of a difficult conversation worth the effort. I
Jan 25, 2017
January 25, 2017 The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) / National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) considers racial justice critical to the movement to address and end sexual violence. We seek to uphold racial equality and oppose racism in all forms. Committing to racial justice propels sexual violence prevention work forward and helps to dismantle power imbalances that have long-existed in the United States.  In the United States, communities of color have experienced systemic prejudice and racism. Sexual violence has historically been used as a tool of oppression. Black