The Untested Rape Kit Backlog – Part 2

July 23rd, 2015 (No Comments)

If you missed Part 1 of this story, you can access it here.  In the last post, we covered what a rape kit is, and the scope of the rape kit backlog. In this post we will pick up with the progress and challenges of getting to the bottom of the backlog. Successes so Far […]

The Untested Rape Kit Backlog – Part 1

July 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

The CSI Effect Crime shows on TV make it look so easy. You see investigators talking with the weeping victim, and then the scene cuts to someone walking in with coffee in one hand and a file folder in the other. The results came back from the lab and they’ve got a match. Unfortunately, in […]

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay

July 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

Questions to Ask Before Giving Up Are you hydrated? If not, have a glass of water. Have you eaten in the past three hours? If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs. Perhaps some nuts or hummus? Have you showered in the past day? If not, take a shower right […]

Writing to Unravel a Taboo

July 1st, 2015 (No Comments)

For one survivor of sexual abuse, writing emerges as key for personal and societal healing.   “Unspeakable,” says the pope. I cringe. That’s just it, I think. Even when he’s publicly trying to apologize for the horrific crimes and secrecy within the church, he’s choosing a word that literally encourages more silence. It’s September 2010, and […]

SafeTouch Success Story

May 27th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Center has presented SafeTouch to kids in our community for over 30 years. These violence prevention education programs use evidence-based best practices in age-appropriate lessons to promote safety and reduce child sexual abuse. The curriculum is continually reviewed and updated with teacher and parent input. Child sexual abuse (CSA) is unfortunately much more common than many people […]

PREA: A Long Road for Incarcerated Survivors

May 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

“Sexual abuse is a crime, and should not be the punishment for a crime.” – US Department of Justice Letter to Governors, March 5, 2015 While this statement might seem obvious to those who work in sexual violence prevention and response, it represents a profound shift in how the wider public, and even those in […]

Affirmative Consent Legislation Proposed in NC

April 23rd, 2015 (No Comments)

Get excited y’all because NORTH CAROLINA IS CONSIDERING AFFIRMATIVE CONSENT LEGISLATION!!! Currently, California is the only state that has passed an affirmative consent law, but, as you can see on this map from affirmativeconsent.com, 14 more states – including North Carolina – are currently considering similar laws. At the end of last month, North Carolina […]

Cupcakes & Cocktails: Meet the Judges!

April 8th, 2015 (No Comments)

As Cupcakes & Cocktails rapidly approaches, we are excited to announce the panel of judges for this year’s cupcake contest. With a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, we can’t wait to hear their feedback as they sample the scrumptious sweets available this Sunday! Sera Cuni grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, with a family of self-taught […]

SAAM Online Activism: Use Your Hashtag for Good

April 7th, 2015 (No Comments)

This year, you can spread awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month without ever having to leave your keyboard. Ever since the word “hashtag” made its way into Merriam-Webster dictionary, it seems we can no longer ignore the power behind the little symbol, once known as the “pound sign.” Online activism is trending now and what better […]

The Problem with Victim-Blaming

April 4th, 2015 (No Comments)

While growing up in a rape culture, women are constantly told to follow the “rules” to ensure their safety. This list dictates what women should wear (nothing too short), what they consume (no drinks you didn’t prepare yourself), and even how they commute (never alone, never at night, and never in a “bad part of town”). […]

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