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Powerful Story Post

In light of the recent article in the New York Times, “Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town”, and the subsequent criticism it received, we are highlighting our most recent story post “Why Victim-Blaming Hurts: My Story.” The NYT article brought the horrifying issue of victim-blaming and the detrimental impact it has to the center of media attention.

We urge you to read this powerful and insightful survivor story and extend our heart-felt gratitude to the author for allowing us to share it. Please go to our “Stories” tab to read this post.

Read the NYT article herehttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/us/09assault.html?_r=1

Read responses to the NYT article here: “The New York Times’ Rape-Friendly Reporting” , “New York Times Texas Rape Story Draws Fire” , “Reporting on a Gang Rape in East Texas” , “The New York Times’ ‘Sloppy Slanted’ Child Rape Story”

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Another Great Event

Race to Stop the Silence – Event to Benefit Stop the Silence, Inc.

Stop the Silence – Stop Child Sexual Abuse

8K run, 5K fun run, 5K walk, and 1K kids run on April 23, 2011

Race and Organization Website: http://www.stopcsa.org/race.html

The Races

The seventh annual Race to Stop the Silence on April 23, 2011 is an 8K race, 5K fun run, and 1K kids’ fun run. The Redskins Cheerleaders will be on hand for the warm up!  The 8K is a flat, fast course through Washington, D.C., starting at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 13th and 14th streets, Washington, DC 20004). The run down 12th, 10th, and 9th are large boulevards with plenty of room for speed and the turns. The 5K is similar but shorter.

The Race has great winner awards (overall first, second, and third, and the prizes in age groups — 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over), like $100 dinners at McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant and great UnderArmour gear, as well as random prizes, like massages from Robert Andrew, hoodies, and a raffle for a Suite at a Mystics game!  All kids in the kids fun run get prizes.  There will be speakers and informational booths as well. The Race is accessible by car and Metro (Metro Center — Red, Blue, and Orange, and Federal Triangle – Blue and Orange).

Click here for information and registration for the next Race on April 23, 2011. Click here for the hard copy race registration form, and click here for the volunteer form.

The Organization

Stop the Silence, Inc., a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization, works with individuals, community- and faith-based organizations, companies and governmental organizations in various communities – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally – to raise awareness and funds to comprehensively support and conduct programming.

Mission

The Mission of Stop the Silence is to expose and stop CSA and help survivors heal worldwide. Our overarching Goals are to:

1) to promote healing of victims and survivors; and

2) to celebrate the lives of those healed.

“Through our work, we aim to address the relationships between CSA and the broader issues of overall family and community violence, and violence within and between communities. Our focus underlines the importance of a shift in focus on positive development within our social complexes (e.g., the relationships between men, women, adults and children, cultural groups) to support peaceful – and to hinder violence-prone – relationships.”

Learn more at http://www.stopcsa.org

A Great Org and A Great Event To Start Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Running For Overcoming 5K/ 10K

Turning Victims Into Survivors

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 @ 8:00am

Link: http://www.active.com/running/washington-dc/running-for-overcoming-5k-10k-2011
Registration closes March 31st @ 11:59pm so sign up quickly

The Race

Running for Overcoming 5K/10K supports the David Pinks Foundation. Entry fees pay for the expenses of the race and your donations/sponsors’ contributions will immensely help these programs. This foundation’s primary goal is to raise awareness of the health and social problems caused by sexual abuse so that survivors will seek help and avoid the long term consequences of their trauma. This will be done by distribution of pamphlets to area high schools and by networking with local/national media

The David Pinks Foundation

“Plans are underway to establish a mentoring and music program. Long-range plans include building an area arts center focusing on programs for the sexually abused. David Pinks Foundation was founded by David Pinks who endured several years of sexual and mental abuse at the hands of his mentor and counselor, David used music as his outlet to survive and conquer his pain. David is currently one of the hottest producers in the game working with many of today’s hottest artist.”

Organizations We Love

With Sexual Assault Awareness Month quickly approaching we want to highlight a few wonderful organizations supporting the fight to end violence against women. We hope that you take some time to read about the great things that these groups are doing and find ways that you would like to get involved.

If you have an organization that you love  and would like to see it posted on the site email us at voicesagainstviolencedc@gmail.com

Today’s Organization:

Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to sexualized violence.

There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.

Mission:

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events are political and performance art with public, personal and existential messages. At a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event there is no distinction between performer and audience. Our mission is to create a unique and powerful public experience that educates individuals and communities about the causes of sexualized violence, provides them with prevention and remediation strategies and empowers them to further develop and implement these knowledges and skills interpersonally and politically”

“What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.”

To learn more about Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and to find an event near you visit http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/index.html

Over 70 events across the country are currently scheduled between now and the end of April.

New Events, News Articles, and Pleas for Your Personal Stories

Voices against Violence wants you to attend V-Day DC’s performances of ‘The Vagina Monologues’. Check out the “events” tab for more information.

Not in the Metro DC area? V-day is a national campaign with performances across the country. Go to http://www.vday.org/home to find events near you

More articles have been posted to our news section. We encourage you to spend some time reading all of the new posts.

The success of our website depends on our wonderful supporters. Please consider submitting your personal story, or if you know of someone who has a story to share encourage them to send it to us.  All submissions should be sent to voicesagainstviolencedc@gmail.com. We need your help to continue our mission!

Why We’re Here

Voices Against Violence is dedicated to ending sexual assault through prevention, education, and awareness. Learn more about why we feel so passionately about what we do. Read our Survivors’ stories and find out ways that you can get involved.

1 in 6 American women will be a survivor of sexual assault in their lifetime.

Survivors of Sexual Assault Are:

  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
  • 4 times more likely to commit suicide

Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

In 2007 there were 248,300 survivors of sexual violence.

The FBI reports that rape is the most underreported crime in the country. 60% percent of sexual assaults go unreported, and only 6% of offenders will spend any time in jail.

Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone who the victim knows.

60% of female victims and 70% of male victims reported being raped before the age of 18.

1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted during childhood.


Help us start this right!

Do you know any survivors who would be willing to share their story on our website? We need submissions to start posting on the stories section of the website. Please read the “submit your story” page for more details, including where to email your submission. If you have any questions please email us at voicesagainstviolencedc@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from all who would like to be involved.

 

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