From Our Resource Library: The Body Keeps the Score

February 5th, 2016 (No Comments)

Survivors of sexual violence often struggle with anxiety, depression, symptoms of PTSD, or sleep disorders, which are sometimes dismissed as being “all in your head.” Based on decades of practice and research, Bessel van der Kolk shows how traumatic experiences leave a physical imprint in his book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and […]

Sexual Assault and Teenagers

December 17th, 2015 (No Comments)

Sexual violence affects all communities, even ours. Recent events and conversations about sexual assault at East Chapel Hill High School remind us of this. The increased attention on campus sexual assault in the past few years has been a crucial conversation for a university town like ours. Yet the story that has largely been missed […]

Activism Against Gender Violence

December 10th, 2015 (No Comments)

According to the UN, 35 percent of women and girls worldwide experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In some countries, this number goes up to 70 percent. This violence against women impacts on and impedes progress in many areas including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security.  This violence is […]

It Will Take More Than 16 Days: We Need Culture Change

November 23rd, 2015 (No Comments)

  When I think of sexual violence, I think immediately of the horrific cases that are featured in the media: the rapes that occurred on the UNC campus, in the military, the Steubenville case that was captured in film and social media. And then I also think of the case of Rosa, a 9-year-old girl […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 17th, 2015 (No Comments)

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual event, during which members of the LGBTQ community and allies across the country gather and hold vigils to honor the memories of transgender men and women whose lives have been taken by acts of violence. This will be a big year for the TDOR vigil because since […]

In Appreciation of SANE Nurses

November 11th, 2015 (No Comments)

In honor of International Forensic Nurse’s Week, we acknowledge the effort and dedication of the highly trained cadre of SANE nurses that provide sensitive and skillful medical attention to survivors of sexual assault. SANE stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, a specialization that is necessary, beneficial, and valuable. SANE nurses receive extensive training to fulfill two equally […]

“This thing… it’s gonna follow you”

October 30th, 2015 (No Comments)

An Exploration of Rape Trauma Syndrome in It Follows Horror films have a complicated and long history of depictions of rape. As many people have pointed out before me (most famously in Carol J. Clover’s Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film), the violence in horror movies tends to be undeniably gendered, sexualized, […]

Legislative Updates from NCCASA

October 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

The following are legislative updates from the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA), provided by Executive Director Monika Johnston-Hostler and Staff Attorney Joe Polich. — New Laws Passed – Long Session 2015 Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015 – Session Law 2015- 62 Signed by Governor on June 5, 2015 Increases wait times […]

From the Director’s Desk

October 16th, 2015 (No Comments)

Dear Friends, With so many great memories and friendships developed, it is bittersweet for me to share with all of you that I will be leaving the Center at the end of this year. These last eight years have been an incredible ride. The Center is truly a special place, driven by its mission and […]

Consent Under the Influence?

October 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

Alcohol and sex are commonly tied to one another. We see it intermingled in headlines, advertisements, and rape myths. Media saturates seduction with booze everywhere you turn, but why is drunk sex considered a socially acceptable thing? I want to start an honest conversation about drinking and sex. I don’t want to say that drunken […]

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