People with disabilities experience violent victimization at alarming rates—making them one of the most harmed groups in our country. These crimes, however, are not widely reported or addressed, and survivors are often unable to access appropriate supports and services. In an effort to address this hidden epidemic, we need to work to bridge the silos between disability serving providers and victim service organizations and to begin a community conversation on the issue. On Thursday, July 28, 2016, FISA Foundation sponsored a workshop with Nancy Smith, Director of the Center for Safety and Victimization at the Vera Institute of Justice. As one of the leading experts in the …
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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.
On Wednesday, August 10, a Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) Advisory Summit will be held at Robert Morris University, the first university in the region to implement the CBIM program. Area athletic directors and superintendents are encouraged to attend. Coaching Boys Into Men, an evidence-based program, seeks to combat dating violence and other abusive behavior by giving high school and college coaches the tools to talk to their athletes about healthy relationships. The curriculum centers on the important role coaches play in the lives of many boys and young men, often acting as mentors to the kids they coach. Attendees will hear from athletes, coaches and school administrators who have embraced this cause …
On June 17, 2016 leaders from all across the region joined together in the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard to publicly sign their names to the Father’s Day Pledge. University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher gave the keynote address about ending campus sexual assault. Pitt News chronicled the event with an article and a photo gallery. Check out the coverage here.
By Greg Peaslee If you ask any dad, he will probably admit that the day his child was born was the day he really knew he was a grown up. Suddenly, you had the responsibility for this new life: to protect, to provide for, to teach. And there was so much I wanted to teach my son and daughter — how to safely cross the street, why they should eat their vegetables, how to tie their shoes. Every day brought a teachable moment. And I embraced the opportunities. I taught them to love baseball and football as much as I did so we could enjoy …
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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