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Diana Mancera is the Director of Membership and Programs at Jane Doe, Inc. (JDI). She develops and implements the Massachusetts SA and DV State Coalition initiatives to support the Coalition’s diverse statewide membership and oversees training and technical assistance in prevention, technology safety, and programming.

At the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), we have a commitment to language access. NSVRC is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), and we are obligated to provide meaningful language access in our services.  In addition, we have a language access plan to work towards becoming more accessible.

Yesterday’s guilty verdict in the trial of R&B singer R. Kelly is a hard-won and symbolic victory for countless Black women and girls who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Our thoughts are with the survivors and their families, with the hope that this conviction can be a step towards healing.

Here are 11 common misunderstandings people have about high-profile sexual assault cases, pulled directly from social media comments. 

During Banned Books Week, we celebrate the freedom for everyone to be able to choose what they read and deny censorship.

Biphobia, or the fear or rejection of Bi+ identities and people, has been pervasive throughout history and is still present today.

The Bi+ community has struggled to be seen both as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum and a community of its own kind, particular to itself. As a result, Bi+ specific resources are less common than resources for other LGBTQ+ communities. Despite this, there has been a growing awareness of the unique needs of the Bi+ community.

Guides & Publications

*This blog covers issues of sexual violence, self harm, and discrimination and may be triggering for some readers. 

Sexual Violence Statistics

The Bi+ community has faced and continues to face adversity and difficulty in being recognized and respected.

In the book A History of Bisexuality, Steven Angelides raises an important question: How can we construct the history of an identity which, until recently and even now, is thought to not exist? As with any history of social movements and identities, it’s first important to understand that learning history can also inadvertently be a practice of erasure.