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FACT SHEET: The “It’s On Us” Campaign Launches new PSA, Marks One-Year Since Launch of “It’s On Us” Campaign to End Campus Sexual Assault from The White House, 09/01/2015

September 2nd, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsToday the “It’s On Us” campaign released a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) that includes cameos from “It’s On Us” supporters and artists such as Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Josh Hutcherson. This PSA, which is titled “The One Thing,” focuses on the importance of consent when engaging in sexual activity. The campaign is also announcing new “It’s On Us” partners including The Ad Council, Kering Foundation, Straight But Not Narrow, and Chegg. Starting today, the Ad Council will distribute the PSA to its network of more than 20,000 media outlets nationwide. The ads will air and run in time and space donated to the “It’s On Us” campaign by media entities around the country, as well as current “It’s On Us” partners, including several of the major college sports conferences. The “It’s On Us” campaign is also working with the PVBLIC foundation to distribute the PSA.

”The One Thing” marks the third PSA released by “It’s On Us” and comes just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the launch of “It’s On Us,” created to increase education and awareness around preventing sexual violence on college and university campuses.

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Judges to get reports on offenders’ family violence history from stuff.co.nz, 08/26/2015

August 26th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsIn New Zealand: defendants in domestic violence cases will soon have their family violence history laid bare before judges when they are considered for bail.

The programme aims to protect victims well known to offenders in domestic violence cases from further harm.

Until now, Adams said the process was “sporadic” and it was up to the police prosecutor to put relevant information before a judge. If police decided not to oppose bail sometimes that information was not provided.

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Colleges Find New Ways to Tackle Sexual Assault as Students Return from TIME, 08/24/2015

August 24th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-news…with increased public attention on college sexual assaults, and as new state federal laws have pushed schools to improve their handling of the problem, administrators at Moraine Park decided they needed to do more to address the issue. In addition to showing a short video about sexual assault to students, the school has also trained six employees on how to investigate sexual assault and harassment complaints.

“It’s a hot topic,” said Scott Lieburn, the dean of students and Title IX coordinator at the college, which offers more than 50 programs including accounting, carpentry and animation design. “I think it’s been part of the culture. Now with the [federal] mandates, it is something we want to really take seriously. We want to add that level of investment.”

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In Human Trafficking Cases, Doctors Lack Confidence to Intervene, from take part, 08/20/2015

August 21st, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsVictims of human trafficking are ripped from the familiarity of home and deluded into a numbing isolation. Hidden in plain sight, they are often bullied and tricked into believing their situation is normal, yet it’s inescapable. They suffer in silence, enslaved for forced labor or sex.

When the abuse results in a pregnancy or an injury that can’t be ignored, a rare instance arises: Victims directly interact with health care providers. Clinicians have the power to connect these vulnerable individuals to the resources they desperately need but are too afraid to seek independently.

Yet a vast majority of health care workers—almost 80 percent—don’t feel they have adequate knowledge to assist those victims, according to new research in the U.K.

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UN Women hope to end domestic violence in Pacific with new toolkit from Pacific Scoup, 08/09/2015

August 20th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Pacific’s statistics of domestic violence is among the worst in the world.

To tackle the issue, UN Women has now developed and launched the first Pacific toolkit for community groups, local governments and anyone who wants to take action over the issue.

The toolkit, entitled “How to design projects to end violence against women and girls: a step-by-step guide to taking action”, was launched in Tonga on last month and is the first to be designed specifically with Pacific people in mind.

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Domestic violence program launches from Carroll County Times, 07/26/2015

July 27th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsIn the past, hospital staff had pamphlets and cards — designed to be discreet — they could give to individuals they believed were in a domestic violence situation, but no method to determine if they were in immediate danger, according to Yingling.

“Now they know we’re asking,” she said. “Now they know we care.”

Brenda Harkavy, assistant state’s attorney and member of the county’s Special Victims Unit, said she hopes the assessments lead to more people being connected to services and fewer domestic violence cases.

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