By Kristy Trautmann We are experiencing a watershed moment in the movement to address violence against women. Fifty years ago, we did not talk about domestic violence, sexual assault or sexual harassment. And now gender-based violence is in the headlines nearly every day: Bill Cosby, campus sexual assault, Larry Nassar and the testimony of Olympic gymnasts, Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement, sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church… We now recognize these forms of abuse as serious and pervasive societal issues. Three years ago, Southwest PA Says No More was founded to support the regional movement to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Across our region, …
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Activating men to take action and be part of the solution
Engaging community groups in taking action to prevent violence and abuse
Promoting conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, specifically with young people
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.
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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.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Southwest PA Says NO MORE present Making Research Relevant: Researchers & Practitioners Dialogue About Emerging Data on Gender-Based Violence. The field of prevention is continuing to evolve. Practitioners are in the field every day, working to shift attitudes and behaviors to prevent the perpetration of abuse and to increase bystander intervention, but are often navigating by instinct and anecdotal feedback. In southwest PA, we are fortunate that Children’s Hospital of UPMC is conducting multiple research studies related to the prevention of sexual harassment, assault and relationship abuse. The CHP Adolescent Medicine research team will present preliminary, unpublished findings from ongoing studies and …
Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention for Youth Serving Professionals is an evidence-based training developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This training is for adults who work with youth to identify and discuss healthy and unhealthy behaviors with pre-teens and teens. The in-person training sessions are free and open to the public. An online option is also available. Pre-registration is necessary. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are also available. Choose one of the upcoming dates: 11/7 9:30 am-12:00 pm at PAAR 11/20 11:30 am-2:00 pm at United Way 11/28 10:00 am-12:30 pm at PAAR 12/10 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at PAAR RSVP: For in-person …
The #MeToo movement has exposed the scope and scale of harassment and abuse in the lives of women. We wanted to know what men think about this, a year into the #MeToo movement. So, we asked them. The public poll was conducted Sept. 24 – 29 by Change Research, a public benefit corporation. More than 1,300 men, 671 in a 10-county area of Southwestern Pennsylvania and 633 nationally, were interviewed. Here’s a look at some of the findings: 81% of men in southwest PA say it’s important to believe women who speak publicly about their experience with harassment and abuse. 77% believe that “expectations for men’s behavior towards women have changed.” 38% of …
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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