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) […]

Why Not Make a Report?

February 18th, 2013 (No Comments)

“Why were you drinking?” “What were you wearing?” “Why did you leave with him?” “How come you don’t have any bruises?” “Didn’t you know what would happen?” These are some of the questions that are commonly asked of survivors seeking help after a sexual assault. And while there are many reasons that someone may not […]

Twinkly: A Tribute to Teens

February 5th, 2013 (No Comments)

Sometimes I feel like my job is just too much fun. I get to spend a lot of time visiting the hallways of adolescence and hanging out with teenagers, talking about one of their (and my) favorite topics of conversation: flirting. And I learn new things every day. Like when I asked 200 seventh graders […]

National Stalking Awareness Month

January 17th, 2013 (No Comments)

In 2004, January was declared National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) by the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. These agencies defined stalking as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity, […]

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