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Raliance, a national collaborative committed to ending sexual violence in one generation, announced today the eleven recipients of grants totaling more than $515,000 that will fund promising efforts across the country to prevent sexual assault.

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.

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, and Michael Jordan, in hopes of getting their perspectives on sexual violence. 

New survey of 843 women in the entertainment industry found 94% say they've experienced harassment or assault.

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.

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 realization that men have been raised on rape culture, I was pleasantly surprised It spurred the thought of reaching out to black men about their thoughts on the #MeToo movement, the intersections of race and sexual violence, and how the movement has affected black folks.

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.

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.

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 as well as being surrounded by strong black role models, I eventually found overflowing love not only for “the culture” but also for myself.