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Lt. Governor Polito announces new policies targeting human trafficking in recognition of sexual assault awareness month from SAMPAN, 04/05/2016

April 28th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsIn recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito [Massachusetts] today announced new policies to target human trafficking in the Commonwealth led by the Massachusetts State Police and Department of Children and Families (DCF). Joined by Governor Baker and members of the administration, Polito introduced the formation of a Human Trafficking Unit within the State Police, and improved interagency coordination and communication between the State Police and the Department of Children and Families, will allow Troopers to better assist local law enforcement officials in investigations. Additionally, as part of the administration’s reforms at DCF, sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking is now a reportable condition regardless of whether the perpetrator is the caregiver.

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Navy supports Sexual Assault Awareness Month from kohn 2, 04/14/2016

April 28th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsApril is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What is the Navy doing to support awareness, prevention and response? Quite a lot, according to Cmdr. Hillary Darby from Navy Region Hawaii.

“This year’s theme is ‘know your part, do your part.’ Sexual harassment and sexual assault have zero place in today’s Navy; they actually fundamentally undermine unit cohesion, and they’re contrary to our core values.”

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A female chief in Malawi is breaking up child marriages and sending kids back to school from Quartz Africa, 04/09/2016

April 26th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsMalawi recently passed a law making marriage under the age of 18 illegal, but in many villages, custom
supersedes law. The backlash was immediate, with some telling Kachindamoto she had no right to overturn tradition. She’s ignored the death threats, and is instead lobbying the government to increase marriageable age to 21.

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NRCDV Provides Recommendations for Serving Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Supports Childhood Exposure to Violence Prevention Week with #YouInspireMe from the NRCDV, 04/18/2016

April 20th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) today, released the technical assistance guidance, “Responding to the Long-term Needs of Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Exploring the connection to suicide risk,” through their national online resource library

The guidance explores the connection between exposure to domestic violence in childhood and, among other long-term impacts, the risk for suicide in adulthood. The purpose of this guidance is to raise awareness of the potentially adverse consequences of domestic violence on an often overlooked population and provide strategies to reduce risk factors and promote resilience.

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National Sexual Violence Resource Center recognizes leaders in sexual assault prevention with 2016 Visionary Voice Awards, from Globe News Wire, 04/12/2016

April 14th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Visionary Voice Awards are presented annually by the NSVRC in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence.

The award is presented to a wide range of public servants and industry professionals nominated by state, territory and tribal coalitions. This year’s award recipients include Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Rozzi, who has been leading the charge to reform the statutes of limitations that restrict the time survivors of child sexual abuse have to bring civil actions against those who abused them and institutions that may have acted to hide the abuse, and Guam Sen. Benjamin J.F. Cruz, who has championed the rights of sexual assault victims to improve systems’ responses to victims and survivors.

Here is a complete list

Missing and Murdered: No One Knows How Many Native Women Have Disappeared from Indian Country Today Media Network, 04/11/2016

April 12th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsUnlike Canada, where indigenous leaders and advocates have pressured the government to begin to confirm the numbers of missing and murdered indigenous women, the U.S. has done little to address the issue.

Although the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) have helped bring attention to this high rate of violence and have begun to address gaps in law enforcement for tribes and federal authorities, there is no comprehensive data collection system regarding the number of missing and murdered women in Indian country.

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