In the indigenous Xinca society of Xalapan, men often kidnap and rape young girls before marrying them, Lopez said, and for about a decade, the local women’s group had been campaigning to end this trend.
But in the last two years, groundwater was becoming scarce, because of weather changes and increased mining in the region. As women and girls had to walk further to fetch water, the number of kidnappings and rapes more than doubled over that period, local women said.
Leading With Compassion and Love in a Time When the World is Shaken from National Latin@ Network, 07/22/2016
In the wake of the Orlando shooting a few weeks ago, all I wanted was for it to not be real — for it to disappear and vanish. I wanted to talk to my family members who are both Latino and gay, but didn’t have the words. I felt numb. Then I thought about my colleagues. Was it appropriate to ask work-related questions to my coworkers who were directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy? Should I set these aside until after I checked in with them on this attack?
We need to be mindful of what we feel and what action we need to move forward, individually and collectively, with compassion and love — especially in times when our entire world is shaken. I have so many questions that can’t all be answered in one sitting, but hopefully they garner a space for reflection for you as an individual and for your organization as a whole working toward social justice.
Vermont Pride Center Joins the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence from VTDigger, 07/19/2016
Montpelier, Vermont, July 15, 2016: The Vermont Pride Center has become a member organization of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Pride Center provides free and confidential services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence, hate violence, and anti-LGBTQ bias or abuse through its SafeSpace Program. The Vermont Network is the leader of the movement to end domestic and sexual violence in Vermont, representing fifteen non-profit organizations which provide direct services for victims and survivors in communities across the state.
Earlier this month, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, took away all the committee assignments of Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, after a judge granted a restraining order sought by Baldwin Park Councilwoman Susan Rubio, his ex-wife.
Rendon’s decision is welcomely decisive. The backlash to then-Senate President Darrell Steinberg’s slowness to punish three senators credibly accused of major wrongdoing in 2014 led to Proposition 50, a state ballot measure approved in a landslide last month that allows the Assembly or Senate to suspend members without pay and benefits with a two-thirds vote.
“When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone – and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.” – Cheryl Craig
Every day we are inspired by survivors’ resilience, determination and hope. For many victim advocates, having the opportunity to support survivors can be the fuel to continue the work. However, working with survivors also comes with challenges. Especially for advocates who have experienced abuse themselves, listening to a survivor’s story can bring back traumatizing memories. Self-care is essential to advocates’ well-being, the survivors they serve and overall organizational health.
We are all aware of the consequences of poor self-care. At the organizational level, it can affect staff morale, work performance and lead to excessive staff turnover. According to Real Tools: Responding to Multi-Abuse Trauma by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, lack of organizational support is an important factor contributing to vicarious trauma and burnout.
Organizations wanting to promote self-care amongst their staff can simply start by “flying in V formation,” just like the geese! By flying in a V, geese create uplift for the bird immediately following. As a result, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying power than if each bird flew on its own. When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
Supporting self-care for staff needs to move beyond a focus on encouraging individuals to be kind to themselves, it must integrate comprehensive self-care strategies into organizational policies, management practices and office routines. Organizations can learn from flying flocks of geese and promote constant communication among members, be actively supportive of their staff and model self-care especially when a member of the team needs some breathing space.
The Summer eNewsletter highlights useful and creative resources from NRCDV to encourage self-care amongst service providers working with survivors
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