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 …
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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.
1 in 3
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 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 …
By Dale Lolley Domestic violence. They are two words that elicit graphic images of bruises, broken bones and even deaths in our minds. Wouldn’t it be something if a future generation grew up without knowing what those words meant? As a veteran reporter who has spent the better part of three decades working in newspapers, television and radio, I’ve been in a lot of newsrooms. Anyone who has spent even a few hours in a newsroom knows the lifeblood is its police scanner. Not a day goes by that police aren’t being called out to handle some form of domestic violence. It’s one of the …
Attend a Coaching Boys Into Men Summit at Steelers Training Camp hosted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, FISA Foundation, and United Way of Southwestern PA. This program is for athletic directors, superintendents and coaches who care about character as well as wins and losses. You will learn more about Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM), a program to help you promote healthy relationships and address issues such as locker room talk and sexting. Keynote speaker Don McPherson is an activist, educator and College Football Hall of Famer. The former NFL player and director of Northeastern University’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program will discuss empowering young men to prevent dating …
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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