By Kristy Trautmann Change almost never follows a straight path: not when we are trying to change a habit, not when we are learning a new skill, and not when we are working to change deeply held beliefs and attitudes. Even when we ache for change to happen and are willing to work tirelessly, change is hard. Over the last several years, our country has demonstrated a sea change in attitudes and beliefs about domestic and sexual violence. It has become common for men as well as women to speak openly in support of victims and to demand that perpetrators of abuse be held accountable. …
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What We Do
Promoting conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, specifically with young people
Activating men to take action and be part of the solution
Engaging community groups in taking action to prevent violence and abuse
Athletic coaches play an extremely important role in the lives of boys and young men. Coaches influence how young men think and behave both on and off the field.
Supporting victims to get help and making it clear that abusive behaviors won’t be tolerated
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.
Confronting abuse is not a partisan issue – everyone should be part of the solution. The election focused national attention on sexual harassment and assault in unexpected and painful ways. Many responded by speaking out and sharing personal experiences of victimization. Others navigated challenging conversations with children or with friends and neighbors. Still others are struggling to manage fear and uncertainty. The approaching Thanksgiving holiday brings with it mixed emotions – gratefulness for the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and, perhaps, concern about conversations that the election may elicit at the dinner table. We who share a commitment to creating a safer world …
Prevention-focused professionals, educators and youth workers will convene at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Dec. 15 for the Prevention Summit: Strengthening Our Work With Youth to End Domestic & Sexual Violence. This one-day conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge across disciplines and discover ways to more effectively work with young men to prevent domestic and sexual violence. Nationally recognized researchers and practitioners will present the latest insights into breaking cycles of violence: Emerging research on helping boys think differently about manhood and masculinity Dr. Liz Miller, chief of adolescent medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC What we can learn from adult batterers to prevent …
On November 10, there will be a free, public screening of Audrie & Daisy at the University of Pittsburgh. This compelling documentary, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, examines the ripple effects when two underage women find out that sexual assault crimes against them have been filmed. Viewers will take a hard look at the experiences of teenagers who deal with high-tech harassment in the forms of sexting and social media bullying. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion highlighting student activists and providing opportunities to take action. When: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. Where: University of Pittsburgh Crawford Hall – Room …
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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