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Don’t let health bill harm domestic violence victims

March 13th, 2017 by By Esta Soler, Kim Gandy and Ruth Glenn
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This piece was originally distributed by Tribune News Service and appeared in The Charlotte Observer.

 

As leaders of three national organizations working to end domestic violence in the U.S., we know the importance of high-quality, comprehensive health insurance that is guaranteed and affordable. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, survivors of domestic violence and children who have been traumatized by violence have access to health insurance that covers the medical and behavioral health services they need immediately after an assault and over their lifetimes.…

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Uber Isn’t Unique When It Comes to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

March 3rd, 2017 by Lisa Kim, FUTURES Sr. Program Specialist, Legal Programs
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Shock, dismay, anger – my social media was buzzing about the personal accounts of two former Uber employees detailing their stories of the gender discrimination and sexual harassment they faced at the prestigious tech company. But it was an all too familiar story for me: the sexually inappropriate advances, the silent bystanders, a vindictive manager, the victim-blaming, a complicit workplace culture of gender inequality, and an employer’s lack of effective actions to address or prevent the problem.…

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This is What Youth Activism Looks Like

February 27th, 2017 by Andy Spivack, Futures Without Violence
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If there is one thing that every kid in America has always been told it’s that adults know better. This attitude is even the law of the land: a citizen is not officially a citizen until they are 18 and can vote. This messaging is enough for many youth to believe they are powerless.

But that would ignore the clear evidence that young people—youth activists in particular—are vital in shaping their communities, using a diversity of tactics such as petitioning, walkouts, litigation, lobbying, sit-ins, protests, letter-writing campaigns, and media pressure to create change.…

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Take 2 Minutes to Help Prevent Sexual Assault in Schools

February 15th, 2017 by
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UPDATE: This campaign has now ended. Thank you for your support and activism!

In support of End Rape on Campus’ #DearBetsy campaign, today we’re joining a national day of action to ensure newly appointed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prioritizes Title IX.

Title IX is a federal law that requires schools receiving federal funding to address sexual violence and harassment, and respond to survivors’ needs in order to ensure that all students have equal access to education.

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5 Signs of a Healthy Teen Relationship

February 1st, 2017 by
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You’d be hard pressed to find a teen who isn’t glued to their smartphone these days. But what about that teen who’s being bombarded with text messages from a significant other – is that just normal behavior or perhaps a sign of “textual harassment”?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and despite startling statistics—such as nearly 60 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship—the good news is that adults can play a role in encouraging healthy dating behavior.…

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