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Believing Changes Everything

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Nearly every woman I know has been harassed at least once by a man. Certainly not all men harass women, but enough do to make women preemptively cautious and afraid. Fear of men is so normalized that it seems like common sense. We teach our daughters to be afraid when walking through a parking garage or down the street late at night. We carry our keys and buy pepper spray. Many women think twice before getting on the elevator if a man is there. When meeting someone new on a first date we meet in a public place, with an exit plan. We expect to encounter …

The Power of #MeToo

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By Kristy Trautmann Last week, the headlines were filled with the decades-long story of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s patterns of sexual exploitation of women. The scope and scale of his predatory behavior unfolded as dozens of A-list actresses bravely broke their silence, telling strikingly similar stories of sexual harassment and assault. And the cover-up became plain: many people knew or at least suspected, and lawsuit after lawsuit ended in large settlements, each with a gag order to buy her silence. Into this powder keg of public scrutiny, actress Alyssa Milano issued her now-famous tweet proposing to expose the shocking prevalence of sexual violence by urging …

Five steps to take if you witness domestic violence

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By Nicole Molinaro and Carla Adams You are driving down the street and see a man aggressively push a woman away, yell at her and then grab her closer to get a better angle to punch her. You are a bystander. What do you do? Domestic violence is typically a secret, so it usually happens behind closed doors. Although it’s not common to witness attacks, it does happen, and it can be difficult to know what to do to help. Every situation is different, and it’s important to assess the situation quickly to determine how to act. So what should that action look like? When …

University Presidents and Community Officials Unite to End Campus Sexual Assault

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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 …

Teaching the Power of Language

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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 …

Four reasons coaches should address dating violence

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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 …

CBIM Summit at Steelers Training Camp

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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 …

Pittsburgh Says NO MORE at Third Annual Event

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On June 16, Pittsburgh communities demonstrated their united commitment to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault when government, business, faith and community leaders convened in the Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard for the third annual Father’s Day Pledge Signing event, an inspiring call to action for our region. During the rally, leaders from multiple sectors and a groundswell of supporters recited the Father’s Day Pledge, a commitment to take action. Among other speakers, Dr. Gary Cuccia shared his personal story and delivered the keynote address on preventing teen dating violence. Dr. Cuccia’s daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2007. Since then, Dr. Cuccia has advocated for …

A Silent Majority Helps No One

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By Kristy Trautmann Revolutions happen all the time. Scientific discoveries. Elections. Technical innovations. Diagnoses. Babies are born. Loved ones die. The world rearranges itself, sometimes in an instant, to appear fundamentally different. The preposterous becomes ordinary, as mundane as the ability to ask your phone a question and get a response laced with cheeky attitude. The ideas we leave behind become quickly anachronistic, like being unreachable when on vacation or in the car. It’s hard to imagine a past that was commonplace only a decade ago. Forty years ago, almost no one spoke about domestic violence or rape. Women were just beginning to gather around …

Dan Rooney Invites Coaches to Summit

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NOTE: this event has been postponed. We will update this site with information about the rescheduled summit as soon as possible. “A great coach empowers his athletes to develop from good players on the field to great men in the community.” Pittsburgh Steelers coaching assistant Dan Rooney invites high school coaches to attend the Coaching Boys Into Men Training Summit at Heinz Field. Read Dan’s letter here. The May 20 session will prepare attendees 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 summit and register to attend, …

Join the Steelers for a CBIM Training Summit

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NOTE: this event has been postponed. We will update this site with information about the rescheduled summit as soon as possible. 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 …

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 …