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Southwest PA Says No More kicks off NO MORE Week at 2020 annual meeting

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Southwest Pa Says No More partners and supporters showed their teal pride, kicking off NO MORE Week at the 2020 annual meeting in March. The group shared highlights of local prevention work and the collaboration of nearly 25 partner agencies in creating a world free from domestic violence and sexual assault from the 2019-20 Year in Review and CBIM Yearbook. In the keynote, Emily F. Rothman discussed the impact of explicit media on adolescent relationships and her experience as a researcher and porn literacy practitioner. Dr. Rothman is the co-author of “The Truth About Pornography: A Curriculum To Reduce Dating and Sexual Violence,” the forthcoming …

Presenting Jodi Kantor, Pulitzer prize-winning author of She Said (postponed)

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Due to the CDC’s guidelines of not holding events with 50 or more people, Jodi Kantor’s lecture on April 27 has been postponed. Southwest PA Says No More and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures deeply appreciates your patience and understanding during this time. We are currently exploring new dates for this lecture. Ticket holders also will be emailed directly when we have a date with ticket options.   Southwest PA Says No More in partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Presents: JODI KANTOR Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who broke the Harvey Weinstein story for The New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jodi Kantor will be coming to …

SWPA Says No More to Report on Prevention Efforts; Features Keynote on Pornography, Teens and Dating Violence at 2020 Annual Meeting

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Southwest Pa Says No More will show its teal pride leading up to NO MORE Week with its annual meeting and report to the community on Wednesday, March 4. The 2020 program will highlight local prevention work and further collaboration with more than 25 partner agencies in creating a world free from domestic violence and sexual assault. Keynote speaker Emily Rothman will discuss the impact of sexually explicit media on adolescent relationships and her experiences as a researcher and porn literacy practitioner. Dr. Rothman is the co-author of “The Truth About Pornography: A Curriculum To Reduce Dating and Sexual Violence,” the forthcoming book “Pornography and …

Brian Nolte – Carrick High School

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As a first-year head coach of the Carrick High School football team, Coach Brian Nolte recognized he had to do something different to change the course of the program. His first step in changing the culture was building trust and consistency. He says Coaching Boys Into Men contributed to that effort, “This program allows for the players to come together as a part of something that’s bigger than themselves and to build trust between players and coaches. CBIM creates a more comfortable atmosphere for the players to be vulnerable and open about their feelings, experiences, and attitude toward different sensitive topics.” When asked what advice he’d give to a coach who is …

If there ever was a silver bullet… it might look like this

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By Kristy Trautmann I was working at a rape crisis center in the early 2000s when the field of prevention was in its infancy. I knew in my bones that the risk reduction strategies being sold to women (go out in groups, carry your keys, look in the backseat before you get into a car) had almost no chance of preventing someone from being raped. Most assaults take place at home, and most perpetrators are known (acquaintances, friends, or partners) not strangers. It was a new concept then to enlist men as allies in preventing violence against women. And, frankly, I thought it was a …

Dan DeRose – Penn Hills High School

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Dan DeRose has been coaching for more than 30 years and spent most of his time on the college level, where he saw a lot of young men struggle in their relationships with women. Three years ago, he partnered with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape to implement Coaching Boys Into Men with the Penn Hills Basketball team. His hope is, with the right counseling and instruction, he can help his athletes become better educated and not make the same mistakes. Coach DeRose recognizes that coaches have special relationships with players. “We carry the power and responsibility to instill the qualities and characteristics in our players that …

George Messich – Mapletown High School

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George Messich, head football coach at Mapletown High School, knows the role a coach can play in their athletes’ lives. He has been coaching for nearly 40 years. “Coaches can have more of an influence than other school personnel or even parents,” he says. “As a coach, I am an authority figure, but I also have a very close relationship with my players.” The coach is in his third season implementing Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM), a program that empowers student athletes to be positive role models and teaches life lessons they can carry into adulthood. In a series of conversations, players learn about healthy, …

What works in Preventing Gender Violence? Researchers and Practitioners Dialogue held Nov. 7

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The field of prevention is continuing to evolve. Practitioners, educators, and advocates are in the community every day, working to prevent sexual harassment, abuse, and relationship violence before it happens and to reach the most vulnerable victims who are least likely to get help. On Nov. 7, 2019, researchers from the division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, and Seton Hill University presented on emerging research findings. They invited a dialogue about the meaning of the data and its implications for shaping ongoing prevention efforts. More than 100 professionals engaged in efforts to break the cycle of violence and prevent …

Daniel Knause – Chartiers Valley High School

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Chartiers Valley High School’s head varsity football coach Daniel Knause recognizes athletics is a platform where coaches can positively influence young men and women beyond the field. Coach Knause believes in character building, and when he was introduced to Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) by Bernie Colbert, a prevention educator from Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, he knew the program would be beneficial to his football team. “CBIM has helped us build better men.” When asked what his hope is for the athletes who participate in CBIM, Coach Knause stated, “We hope they become caring individuals who treat the opposite sex with dignity and respect.” Coach …

Words Matter

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Change happens when we recognize that our language matters. In September 2019, Merriam-Webster added more than 530 new words to the dictionary, including entries for identity and race. “They” is now “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.” And a new sense of “inclusive” has been added: “allowing and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability).” So, why are we still referring to a piece of clothing as a “wife beater?” During #DVAM, we are saying NO MORE to language that normalizes violence. Join us in asking dictionaries to make a change. Sample social media …

Cedric Lloyd – Uniontown Area High School

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With over 35 years of coaching experience and as the Head Coach of the Uniontown Area High School football and track team, Coach Cedric Lloyd has a goal to “develop great boyfriends and someday, husbands,” through an athletic program that revolves around respect of self and others. Since implementing Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) with his team, in addition to observing his players interacting differently with the other students, Coach Lloyd reports, “teachers, girlfriends, teammates and parents have given positive feedback on the players.” “Our hope is always that our student athletes know they can become anything with direction, and we feel that CBIM gives …

Jonathan LeDonne – Penn Hills High School

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Jonathan LeDonne, head coach of the Penn Hills High School Indians, says his hope as a coach is to develop leaders and build honorable young people of high character, on and off the field. That’s why, when introduced to CBIM through a fellow coach, he believed it was important to implement the program with his football team. Coach LeDonne reports “they were a little reserved at first, but as coaches related back to their own experiences, the players started opening up and participating in the conversations. Later in the program, when a topic was introduced, the players started sharing stories and responses.” He says an open dialogue is very beneficial to today’s teenagers and believes …

Fifth Annual Father’s Day Pledge Event Recap

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Southwest Pa Says No More hosted its largest gathering to date for the fifth annual Father’s Day Pledge event at U.S. Steel Tower. Prominent business, civic and community leaders and public officials demonstrated their commitment to preventing domestic violence and sexual assault before a crowd of hundreds – an inspiring call to action for our region. “Today, 90% of men in Southwest Pennsylvania agree that they have role to play in ending violence against women and girls. But too few men have found a way to use their voice to say out loud the things they believe,” said Kristy Trautmann, executive director, FISA Foundation. “The …

Pittsburgh Says “No More” to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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5th Annual Father’s Day Pledge Ceremony will take place at U.S. Steel Tower Plaza on June 13 – largest gathering to date expected with participation by several corporations WHAT: Father’s Day Pledge Public Signing Ceremony to End Gender Violence On Thursday, June 13, prominent business, civic and community leaders, and public officials will lend their voices to the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault at the 5th annual Father’s Day Pledge Ceremony in downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s public gathering is expected to be the largest yet with groups from UPMC, Koppers, Ernst & Young LLC, PNC, KPMG, Highmark Health and several other organizations participating. …

Editorial: Dating violence demands awareness

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In this video, local college students come together with Dr. Gary Cuccia to help navigate the warnings signs of dating violence. The point isn’t to discourage a romance. It’s to keep it safe. Dating violence is real. It happens every day. Sometimes the damage is physical, and sometimes it’s more subtle and psychological, but the solution is the same either way. Awareness.   Thank you to the Tribune-Review for working with Southwest PA Says NO MORE and FISA Foundation.

Change Happens Here: NO MORE Week 2019

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During the week of March 3-9, we support survivors and recognize those who are working to end domestic and sexual violence in our community. This week allows us to make the commitment to help change a culture that has accepted violence for too long. Change happens everywhere. #ChangeHappensHere! MARCH 5: Nearly 50 corporate leaders gathered at Hotel Monaco for the Fifth Annual Corporate Leadership Breakfast to End Violence Against Girls and Women. Among those who presented at this meeting were Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County; Bob Nutting with the Pittsburgh Pirates; Evan Rosenberg of The Pittsburgh Business Times; Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; David Holmberg, Highmark Blue …

Coaching Boys Into Men Yearbook 2018

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Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is an evidence-based program that provides high school athletic coaches with the tools they need to address critical topics with their players: respectful relationships with dating partners, consent and what to do if a player witnesses harassment or sexual assault. The CBIM curriculum consists of a series of structured coach-to-athlete discussions that guide coaches using core lessons taught in athletics as the platform to start these conversations. The program empowers athletes, who are often leaders in school culture, to model healthy, respectful behaviors for their peers. In 2018, 283 coaches implemented the program with 1,832 athletes on 63 teams in …

Men and Masculinity in the U.S. in the Age of #MeToo Event

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A presentation by Promundo, an international leader working to promote gender equality and create a world free from violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. For more than twenty years, Promundo has engaged in research, programs, and advocacy efforts demonstrating that exploring positive models of “what it means to be a man” and promoting healthy, respectful masculinity leads to improvements in the lives of women and girls, as well as in men’s own lives. Join us to hear the findings from ongoing and recent research and programming on how men think about their roles, and how this impacts violence and …

2018-19: A Year of Taking Action

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As Southwest PA Says NO MORE enters its 5th year, we work to create change by participating in NO MORE Week. NO MORE Week is a national effort to engage every individual, organization or corporation to say NO MORE and to make domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round. During the week of March 3-9, we support survivors and recognize those who are working to end domestic and sexual violence in our community. This week allows us to make the commitment to help change a culture that has accepted violence for too long. Change happens everywhere. #ChangeHappensHere! Southwest Says NO MORE will show its teal pride during NO MORE Week with a …

Stories from the Sanctuary: Clergy responding to domestic violence

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By Angela Reynolds and Kristy Trautmann The pastor of a small congregation offered to meet with a new attendee of the church. During their meeting, he shared some ways she could become more involved. Unexpectedly, she explained the journey that led her to this congregation: one that started with her surviving an attack from her boyfriend and led her to seek a place to heal and move on in her faith. The pastor admired her strength and courage in sharing her story while wondering if the ministerial training he received adequately laid the foundation for where to go next in this conversation. Recently Southwest PA Says No …