Living in a Rape Culture: A Primer

August 27th, 2013 (No Comments)

Being introduced to the concept of rape culture changed everything. It changed my understanding of television, music, jokes, laws, and even language. When asked to write a primer for rape culture, I assumed it would be a simple task. Surely, I had been using the term for years, since taking a Women’s Studies 101 course […]

The Intersection of Sexual Violence and Disability

August 13th, 2013 (No Comments)

It’s time to dive a bit deeper into the nuances of sexual violence and how it differentially affects certain groups of people. Although I’ve been involved in the anti-violence movement for about 5 years, something you may not know is that I’ve also done a lot of work to support folks in our community who […]

Punk Cuts to End Rape

July 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

A year ago on a warm night in June 2012, folks assembled into the house of the bold and brave Rachel Valentine to donate to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. When the number of donors reached a total of 50, Rachel’s friends brought out the clippers and gave Rachel a punk cut to remember. […]

Another Man Standing Against Sexual Violence

July 17th, 2013 (No Comments)

Despite supporting survivors, working against rape culture, and participating in the local feminist community for years, I had never really thought of myself as an activist or even as someone really worthy of speaking out. I felt unsure of myself, and didn’t want to be a know-it-all white guy speaking up just to feel important. […]

Call to Action! Proposed bill would de-fund sexual assault and DV agencies

May 14th, 2013 (No Comments)

Update: SB 664 was withdrawn in committee. Thank you for all your calls and emails to your representatives asking them to stand against this bill! However, the budget committee removed funding for displaced homemakers programs from the NC budget, which was one piece of SB 664. This would impact local agencies such as the Compass Center. […]

2012 and 2013 Community Award Recipients

May 8th, 2013 (No Comments)

Each year, we recognize individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to our cause of ending sexual violence. Because we did not have a ceremony in 2012, we presented awards for both 2012 and 2013 during our Gratitude Gala in April: The Mary Ann Chap Award for Community Service was presented to El Centro […]

New Bill Aims to Protect Child Victims of Human Trafficking

April 15th, 2013 (No Comments)

Did you know that today in North Carolina, children who are victims of human trafficking can be prosecuted?  It’s true.  In our state, the commercial sexual exploitation of children is legally viewed in many cases as prostitution, a crime committed by the minor in question rather than against him or her. The US Department of […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

April 1st, 2013 (No Comments)

In 2001, April was first declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Sexual assault is defined by the Department of Justice as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without […]

What Fantine Teaches Us About Modern Human Trafficking

March 27th, 2013 (No Comments)

Back in January, Programs Director Laurie Graham contributed a blog post about human trafficking in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. While the official month of awareness may be over, the reality of human trafficking is not. In February, actress Anne Hathaway won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine in Les […]

Building Resilience in Girls

March 21st, 2013 (No Comments)

On a daily basis we are inundated with media messages that make not-so-subtle suggestions on how we should live our lives: how we should look, what we should eat, who we should surround ourselves with, and more. More often than not, these messages are harmful by promoting unattainable standards. And if they are harmful for […]

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