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Taking Women: Thoughts on Entitlement and Consent

There has been a lot of heartache in our community over the past several years regarding what seems to be an epidemic of missing women.  The reactions to these distressing crimes are quite varied but all valid: Who are these predators? Why would anyone do this? How can this happen in our community? Why . . . → Read More: Taking Women: Thoughts on Entitlement and Consent

Gillian Greensite: Advice on avoiding date rape must also address male behaviors – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Gillian Greensite: Advice on avoiding date rape must also address male behaviors – Santa Cruz Sentinel.

A response: Is the CDC overstating sexual violence in the U.S. — CALCASA – California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

 

The following post from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault does a great job of explaining why the CDC’s recent survey and crime statistics differ:

A response: How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S. — CALCASA – California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

New York Times: Men Struggle for Rape Awareness

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/health/as-victims-men-struggle-for-rape-awareness.html

A Department of Justice report found that 3 percent of men, or one in 33, had been raped. Some experts believe that one in six men have experienced unwanted sexual contact of some kind as minors.

But for many men, the subject is so discomfiting that it is rarely discussed — virtually taboo, . . . → Read More: New York Times: Men Struggle for Rape Awareness

FBI Announces Revisions to Definition of Rape

FBI — Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s Definition of Rape.

This new, more-inclusive definition is a definite improvement over the old definition used to collect national crime statistics. The old definition defined rape as  “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” That definition left . . . → Read More: FBI Announces Revisions to Definition of Rape

Parents: Get media-savvy!

Common Sense Media (who we LOVE!) just posted a fantastic new list of Six Ways to be a Media-Savvy Parent in 2012! Take a look and get smart! Another fantastic (and brief!) Common Sense article we suggest is First Times: Tips for Talking About Virginity and Sex in Teen Dramas.

While you’re at it, . . . → Read More: Parents: Get media-savvy!

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Report Sexual Assault – NYTimes.com

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Report Sexual Assault – NYTimes.com.

Above is a link to a story summarizing the findings from the new National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If you explore the state-level data on the CDC website, you can . . . → Read More: Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Report Sexual Assault – NYTimes.com

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault – NYTimes.com

Nearly every woman I know can recall one or more instances in which she was sexually assaulted, harassed, threatened, inappropriately touched or even raped.

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault – NYTimes.com.

It starts with one small act…

At Penn State, one small act would have saved a decade of abuse.

I am asking you to share the message of one small act.

One small act could be:

-Educating our children on the correct medical terms for their bodies—we know this decreases their vulnerability to sexual abuse.

-Teaching our families . . . → Read More: It starts with one small act…

SARA's Response to the Penn State Case and Other Cases of Adults Not Doing Enough

For too long we (adults) have focused our safety messages for children on making the child the responsible party in their own abuse.  It is so awkward to talk to children about the fact that there are adults and sometimes even  older children who may touch them inappropriately and intentionally in the areas of . . . → Read More: SARA’s Response to the Penn State Case and Other Cases of Adults Not Doing Enough