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On Campus Sexual Assault Prevention, Being Ready, and Getting Energized

June 20th, 2017 by By Claire Kelling, Dual PhD Student, Statistics and Social Data Analytics, Penn State University
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This is a guest post from a recent participant of the Futures Without Violence Campus Fellows Leadership Program. Interested in joining next year’s cohort? Applications are due June 30. APPLY HERE.

 

Last year, I was coaching middle school volleyball in the small town of Blacksburg, Virginia. I was in the middle of my final semester of college and I think I just felt ready – ready to graduate, ready to tackle graduate school, ready for the challenges that I would encounter next.

In the middle of my practice, I received a call from a restricted number – which ended up being the White House. After I tried to politely decline whatever they were trying to sell me so I could get back to my practice, I soon discovered that I was being invited to the White House to be given the Champion of Change award for my …

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How Dads Can Play a Key Role in Ending Gender-Based Violence

June 16th, 2017 by Tracy Tierney
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Meet Paul Bancroft – a California dad with a daughter and son, both under age 6 – who is intent on setting a good example for his kids. And he does so both professionally and personally.

Paul currently serves as executive director of Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a domestic and sexual violence intervention organization. At home, he and his wife do not own a TV so that their kids aren’t directly exposed to negative media messages. But once the kids head to school, all bets are off.…

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Recognizing the Health & Safety Needs of Older Survivors on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th, 2017 by By Bonnie Brandl, Director of National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Since 2011, the United Nations has marked June 15 as an annual occasion to raise the visibility of interpersonal violence experienced by older adults. Elder abuse is a serious concern from both a public health and victim advocacy lens, and includes physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. In most cases, this abuse is perpetrated by someone with whom the older person has a relationship within which there is an expectation of trust. Globally, 4 to 6% of adults over the age of 60 have experienced at least one of these types of abuse in the past month alone—a conservative estimate that amounts to 36 million cases worldwide.…

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4 Highlights from Sexual Assault Awareness Month

May 9th, 2017 by By Rachael Smith Fals, FUTURES' Senior Vice President
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During the month of April, we launched #KeepMeSafe in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and cyberbullying among teenagers. We are blown away by the level of activism that is taking place in communities throughout the country, and we salute the young women and men who are courageously sharing their stories in an effort to draw more attention and support to these issues.

Here are just a few of the ways in which we made progress during Sexual Assault Awareness Month:…

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FACTS: Domestic and Sexual Violence in the American Health Care Act

May 8th, 2017 by By Lisa James, FUTURES' Director of Health, and Kiersten Stewart, FUTURES' Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
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Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault need a range of health and mental health services, including preventive care, to heal and thrive. Today, affordable and comprehensive care is guaranteed, including for survivors through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Importantly, the Affordable Care Act is still current law and survivors should be encouraged to get care and know they can sign up for health care at any time as can Medicaid enrollees.

The Affordable Care Act helps survivors because:

    Health plans cannot deny coverage to anyone because they have experienced DV/SA, or for any pre-existing condition (this is known as guaranteed issue). Before the ACA was signed into law, in 8 states plans could still deny coverage for experiencing DV/SA.
    As important, plans cannot charge more based on health status including DV or other symptoms of trauma (this is known as community rating).
    Survivors can access affordable coverage
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