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Update: SB 664 was withdrawn in committee.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 […]

From the Director’s Desk: Courage, Compassion & Community

March 5th, 2013 (No Comments)

Over the past two months, members of our community have been disheartened to read about the allegations surrounding the handling of sexual assault cases at UNC. In the wake of the 2011 Title IX Dear Colleague Letter, we have watched similar media stories about universities across the nation, but as with anything, it is often […]

New Year, New Chance to Pass VAWA

February 21st, 2013 (No Comments)

At the start of 2013, staff at the Center fielded many questions about potential repercussions when the 112th Congress did not reauthorize VAWA. Just one month later, we find the 113th Congress committed to action. Last week, Senate Bill 47 passed to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) […]

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