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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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Bill aims to address domestic violence within Minnesota’s Southeast Asian community from MinnPost, 03/29/2016

March 29th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-news“It’s really hard for women who don’t know anything or don’t have a place to call home,” Grace said. “And these women have no family at all.”

Now some Minnesota lawmakers are trying to make it easier for women who came to Minnesota from Southeast Asia, like Grace, to leave abusive relationships. Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. Alice Johnson, DFL-Blaine, among a handful of others, are introducing a bill this session that would allocate $2 million in state funds to provide rental assistance for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community — something advocacy groups say has been needed for years.

A Long-Awaited Revolution: Combating Sexual Violence in Latin America from Brown Political Review, 03/21/2016

March 22nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-news“In a historic ruling this past February, Guatemalan courts convicted a former paramilitary and a retired army officer of committing rape and murder and holding sexual slaves during the country’s 1960–1996 civil war. Amongst other charges, the two former military personnel were found guilty of holding indigenous Mayan women as domestic and sexual slaves in a military base at Sepur Zarco. The case marks the first successful prosecution of sexual violence during the conflict. The victims have waited over three decades for the court’s decision, wherein the defendants were sentenced to a total of 360 years in prison (largely a symbolic gesture, since prisoners in Guatemala may serve 50 years at most)…”

“Guatemala is plagued with disturbingly high rates of sexual violence: approximately 10,000 women report being raped every year, although many more of these crimes go unreported. However, it now seems that Guatemala, a country with an exhaustive history of violence against women and of perpetually diminishing rights for women in general, is attempting to reform the responses of its courts and set a precedent for future rulings.”

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Bolts Better Halves fashion show to benefit domestic violence shelter from WFLA, 03/21/2016

March 22nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsTAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Many Tampa Bay Lightning players join their wives and girlfriends for a fashion show designed to raise money to benefit a local women’s domestic violence shelter.

Bolts Better Halves Fashion with a Cause is an evening of cocktails, dinner and a fashion show that will feature many of the Bolts Better Halves.

Money raised will benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay, a certified women’s domestic violence shelter in Tampa that has served more than 60,000 women and children. The organization’s programs are designed to  help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives and raise awareness to prevent domestic violence from occurring.

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Teen Sexual Assault Survivors Felt Isolated And Alone. Now They’re Uniting To Protect Others., from Huffpost Women, 03/21/2016

March 22nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsSafeBAE (Before Anyone Else) exists to spark change in the culture by addressing sexual assault and dating violence starting as early as high school.

These four brave survivors have come together to prevent what happened to them, from happening to anyone else.  Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon, Delaney Henderson and Jada Smith have bravely spoken about their sexual assaults, the sharing of the assaults over social media, the community backlash they received, their schools’ handling of their ongoing harassment and how they have fought for change.

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Domestic violence perpetrators learn they are not the victim in unique Perth rehabilitation program from ABC News, 02/24/2016

February 25th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsIt is usually the victims in violent relationships who are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge, but a first-of-its-kind residential program in Perth is removing the perpetrators.

When Steve thinks about the time he broke his wife’s nose, he’s disgusted in himself.

He’s just completed his first week at Breathing Space – a residential program for domestic violence perpetrators run out of a house in suburban Perth that has the backing of high profile campaigner Rosie Batty.

It’s confronting and difficult at times, but he and the group of men staying at the house with him are not the victims, and for the 12 weeks they live there, they’ll be constantly reminded of that.Like many of the men who end up there, Steve has been heavily into drugs and in and out of jail.He’s determined to end that cycle and is hoping this unique program will help.

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