By Kristy Trautmann Last week, the headlines were filled with the decades-long story of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s patterns of sexual exploitation of women. The scope and scale of his predatory behavior unfolded as dozens of A-list actresses bravely broke their silence, telling strikingly similar stories of sexual harassment and assault. And the cover-up became plain: many people knew or at least suspected, and lawsuit after lawsuit ended in large settlements, each with a gag order to buy her silence. Into this powder keg of public scrutiny, actress Alyssa Milano issued her now-famous tweet proposing to expose the shocking prevalence of sexual violence by urging …
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Activating men to take action and be part of the solution
Promoting conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, specifically with young people
Engaging community groups in taking action to prevent violence and abuse
On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. The FBI reports that 32% of female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners.
1 in 4
Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.
More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence; 92.1% of male victims experienced physical violence alone, and 6.3% experienced physical violence and stalking
Women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former intimate partner.
More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
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Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
It's time to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our region.
By Nicole Molinaro and Carla Adams You are driving down the street and see a man aggressively push a woman away, yell at her and then grab her closer to get a better angle to punch her. You are a bystander. What do you do? Domestic violence is typically a secret, so it usually happens behind closed doors. Although it’s not common to witness attacks, it does happen, and it can be difficult to know what to do to help. Every situation is different, and it’s important to assess the situation quickly to determine how to act. So what should that action look like? When …
One in five female undergraduates and one in 14 male undergraduates across the country have experienced sexual assault in college, according to the Department of Justice. On Monday, September 11, college and university leaders in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties united with community organizations, advocates and state and local officials to reaffirm their commitment and report on the region’s progress in addressing campus sexual assault. The event marked the public launch of a video series featuring 13 area university presidents declaring zero tolerance for abuse on campus and encouraging students to report and seek assistance. “Change starts with leadership from the top,” said Kristy Trautmann, executive director, FISA …
By Kristy Trautmann The first day of school is an important milestone every year: new grade, new teachers, new peers, maybe a new school or going off to college. Regardless of age, it is normal for young people to try on the new maturity gained during summer break, experiment with new ways of behaving and to sometimes test the limits. It’s a particularly important time to be on the lookout for problematic behavior before it becomes ingrained. Research tells us that the peer environment is one of the strongest influences over a young person’s behavior. We also know that language is powerful in shaping attitudes, and …
Across southwest Pennsylvania, community leaders and thousands of concerned citizens are coming together to take action to end violence against women.
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