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Join the Steelers for a CBIM Training Summit

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Coaches are invited to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, FISA Foundation, and United Way of Southwestern PA for a free Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) training program at Heinz Field on Saturday, May 20. This session will prepare coaches to implement CBIM this fall. Coaching Boys Into Men equips high school athletic coaches to help their male athletes build respectful relationships and prevent dating violence. To learn more about the program, click here. When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Hyundai Club at Heinz Field 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Agenda: 9:00 a.m. Registration 9:30 a.m. Welcome 10:00 a.m. Keynote: …

A Year of Voices in Prevention

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We rounded out another year of progress and are excited to share our achievements. Please take a moment to view our year-end report flipbook. Over the last several years, our country has demonstrated a sea change in attitudes and beliefs about domestic and sexual violence. Our movement has grown as public officials, community leaders, clergy, parents, athletes, media spokespersons and students have joined together to voice intolerance for disrespectful and abusive behaviors. While we have made undeniable progress in turning the tide, there is still a great deal of work to do in preventing these crimes from happening in the first place. Our commitment is unwavering. …

Corporate Leaders Take Action

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During NO MORE Week in March, sixty corporate executives met to review progress and discuss opportunities for taking action to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Coaching Boys Into Men, the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence, addressing partner violence in the workplace, and ending campus sexual assault were all on the agenda for the third annual Corporate Leadership Breakfast to End Violence Against Women. “This community gets it and is a role model for other communities,” said Jane Randel, co-founder of the National NO MORE Campaign, in her keynote. Randel went on to explain how violence impacts every community, and corporate leaders are in …

We say ‘NO MORE’

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Pittsburgh’s teal pride was out in full force on Thursday, March 9 as partners and friends convened for Spirit of NO MORE, a celebration of the substantial progress that’s been made in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault. Keynote speaker Jane Randel, co-founder of national NO MORE, inspired the audience with her story and the continued importance of the movement. “The goal of NO MORE Week is to reach the people who don’t think they have a connection to these issues,” explained Ms. Randel. “We want to open the doors to everyone…that’s really the spirit of NO MORE.” Randal concluded with praise for Southwest PA Says …

Spirit of NO MORE Celebration

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On Thursday, March 9, Pittsburgh will show its teal pride during national NO MORE week with the Spirit of NO MORE Celebration, an occasion to recognize our region’s efforts to end domestic and sexual violence and the agencies, systems, individuals, parents, students, coaches, teachers, judges, administrators, funders and advocates who work tirelessly to create safe and welcoming communities. The inaugural celebration will feature keynote speaker Jane Randel, cofounder of the national NO MORE initiative, inspirational performances by Interplay Pittsburgh, and the premiere of the Voices in Prevention Project. It will bring together leaders and supporters of the regional initiative led by FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments …

Voices in Prevention

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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. …

A Safer World Starts Here

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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 …

Summit Trains Professionals Who Work With Youth

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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 …

Audrie & Daisy Comes to Pittsburgh

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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 …

Women Leaders Join Forces to End Violence in SWPA

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On a recent afternoon, women leaders convened at Hotel Monaco downtown to hear about Southwest PA Says NO MORE’s new and ongoing initiatives. Coaching Boys Into Men, the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence, addressing partner violence in the workplace, and ending sexual harassment and assault in K-12 schools were all on the agenda for the first annual Women in Leadership Joining Forces to End Domestic and Sexual Violence gathering. Candi Castleberry Singleton, founder and CEO of Dignity & Respect Inc, kicked things off with a personal story and a passionate plea: “I ask you today to do one more thing, invite one more person…you …

Meet MVP Jerry May

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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh–in partnership with FISA Foundation and the Heinz Endowments–has been pleased to offer Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), a leadership training program for men committed to integrating domestic and sexual violence prevention strategies into their organizations’ work. This post is part of a series of articles showcasing the members and their work in their communities. Jerry May, a middle school history and robotics teacher at St. Edmund’s Academy, has long been aware of the ways in which stereotypical gender norms can negatively impact kids. Eager to address these issues with his students, Jerry recently participated in the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program …

Workshop Addresses Abuse of People with Disabilities

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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. Recently, 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 field, Ms. Smith shared …

Coaching Boys Into Men Advisory Summit

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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 …

Pitt News: Pittsburgh leaders sign pledge

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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.

Teach Our Children Well

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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 …

Second Annual Father’s Day Pledge

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Corporate and civic leaders joined elected officials and supporters in the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard for the second annual Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence Day on Friday, June 17. “It is a majority of people who believe in respect, equity and nonviolent relationships,” said Kristy Trautmann, executive director, FISA Foundation, “and seeing how many of us are willing to publicly commit to these values helps us to be bold.” Ms. Trautmann joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape executive director Alison Hall, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania president and CEO Bob Nelkin, The Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant and others as …

An Important Father’s Day Pledge

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University of Pittsburgh Chancellor, Patrick Gallagher addressed the Pitt community about his involvement with the Father’s Day Pledge. This year Chancellor Gallagher will be joined by government representatives, educators, religious leaders and executives when he signs the pledge for the second time. Join Gallagher and his fellow leaders when he delivers the keynote at the Father’s Day Pledge signing event at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Friday, June 17th. For more information and to RSVP visit the event page.

Tending to the ‘Invisible’ Wound

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“Living in fear of being emotionally, verbally, financially or physically intimidated or abused is neither acceptable nor inevitable,” writes Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation in an op-ed for The Jewish Chronicle. His piece discusses the invisible wounds suffered by women who are emotionally abused every day and what the Torah teaches about relationships and abuse. Read it here: The Jewish Chronicle—Tending to the invisible wound.

What Can I Do?

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By Grant Oliphant I had the pleasure of attending a conference on ending gender-based violence. The featured presenter was Jackson Katz, whose presentations on this subject have become an online sensation. Katz’s basic contention is that it is up to men to stop dismissing domestic and other gender-based violence as a “women’s issue” and to embrace it for what it is: a man’s issue. That bothers some people who want to take the discomfort out of the subject by arguing that men can be victims of gender violence, too. That’s true, but as Katz points out, while men are often the target of gender violence, …

Meet MVP Bob Brinker

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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh–in partnership with FISA Foundation and the Heinz Endowments–has been pleased to offer Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), a leadership training program for men committed to integrating domestic and sexual violence prevention strategies into their organizations’ work. This post is part of a series of articles showcasing the members and their work in their communities. Frederick Douglass wrote that “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Those words inspire Bob Brinker every day as he works to strengthen young men in our region. As a coordinator for the ParentWISE Program of Family Services of Western PA, Bob engages groups …