Tuesday, May 4, 2010

April Sexual Assault Awareness News from PAVE

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PAVE Newsletter
Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence
April 2010
In this Issue
:: Authors in Action Event
:: Freeze to Stop the Silence a Success
:: 'My Body Belongs to Me' Book
:: Action Alert - Help Exploited Children
:: PAVE Gala 2010
:: Male Survivors Speak Out
:: SAFE Blueprint Announced
:: PAVE Welcomes New Affiliate
:: Correction to March Newsletter

PAVE shatters the silence of sexual violence through social awareness, educational outreach, and legislative efforts. By being both prevention and awareness focused, PAVE works on all fronts to end sexual violence affecting men, women and children throughout the globe.

We use art, education and action to challenge cultural norms that encourage violence and ignore the spectrum of sexual abuse.  We create an awareness and response to any injustices victims, survivors and their communities suffer.

You're invited to join this important work - learn more today!

Authors In Action

MOMSV and PAVE Team Up

On Thursday May 6th Denise Rotheimer of MOMSV and Chicago PAVE Chapter Chair Mary Vasquez team up for the event Authors in Action. As published authors and activists on the issues of sexual violence these two powerful ladies are teaming up to promote awareness on health and safety issues affecting victims of violent crime. Learn more at their website: www.authorsinaction.org

Location: Barnes & Noble at DePaul University
1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL
Time: 6-7:30pm

Freeze to Stop the Silence

PAVE Breaks the Silence

On April 30th, PAVE partnered with Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. and NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) with other local and national groups to raise awareness  about the silent epidemic of child sexual abuse (CSA). In Chicago, PAVE and Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) teamed up to shatter the silence of sexual violence. RVA led off with the 'Standing Silent Witness' demonstration which you can learn more about with this news coverage. The event was followed by PAVE's Freeze to Stop the Silence event headed by deaf survivor and PAVE Male Empowerment Director Gabe Wright. Signs used by PAVE supporters stated "Deaf survivors speak louder than words."

My Body Belongs to Me
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

PAVE wants to give a shout out to Atty. Jill Starishevsky, author of My Body Belongs to Me, for her wonderful book on child sexual abuse prevention. The story was inspired by a 9 year old who spoke out about her father abusing her after seeing an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show that encouraged children to speak out about abuse.

April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Check out the following press coverage from ABC News and Time Out New York Kids.

Little Acts of Courage

Speaking Out about Campus Assaults

This February PAVE Survivor Justice Director Laura Dunn spoke out about her experience with campus sexual assault for an investigative series done by the Center for Public Integrity.

This month's Security on Campus newsletter Campus Connections featured an article by Dunn thanking those whose "little acts of courage" came before to allow her to shatter the silence in front of the nation. Read her Spring 2010 article today!

We all can take a part in ending sexual violence!

PAVE at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival 

PAVE supporters including MTV's Sarah Rice took part in the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. This event featured over 400 artists from 50 nations. PAVE Founder Angela Rose spoke at the opening ceremony, click here to watch footage.

Action Alert
Help Sexually Exploited Children

The Illinois State Senate is considering HB 6462 this week, which would end the practice of prosecuting minors who have been prostituted. Instead the bill would ensure that exploited children receive a safe home and services as well as provide police and prosecutors new tools to go after pimps, traffickers, and people who buy sex--an important first step in ending the demand for the commercial sex trade.

Fill out this form to tell Senators of Illinois to support this bill and child survivors!

Sponsors of HB 6462
Chief Sponsor: Senator Jacqueline Collins
Co- Sponsors: Senators Pamela Althoff
Iris Martinez, Kimberly Lightford, Dan Kotowski, Antonio Muñoz, Michael Noland, A.J. Wilhelmi, and David Koehler.


30th NOVA Conference
Date: August 22-25, 2010
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Purpose: The conference will focus on enhancing your the skills to work with victims. There are plenty of opportunities for all to refine your professional capacities and develop specialized skills.
More information available

National Sexual Assault Conference
Date: September 1-3, 2010
Location: L.A., California
Purpose: The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be hosting the 2010 national conference
Learn more

15th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)

Date: Sept. 12-15, 2010
Location: San Diego, CA
Purpose: The mission is to provide professional training and information dissemination to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse, and trauma on local, national, and international levels; PAVE is a collaborating organization 

PAVE Gala Event
10 Years of Advocacy & Activism

On Friday May 14th PAVE is hosting its very first gala event to celebrate 10 years of advocacy and activism. We invite you to celebrate this milestone in our history by purchasing your ticket online today!

See the Legendary Drake Hotel

Enjoy a jazz band and flowing drinks

Dinner and Speakers:

Dr. Robert Jordan of WGN
Laura Schwartz of White House Strategies

Not able to attend, but want to show your support of all PAVE has done? Please donate to keep our nonprofit working to shatter the silence of sexual violence

Donate Now!

Male Survivors Take Back the Night
Empowering Men to Shatter the Silence

This April Gabe Wright, PAVE Male Empowerment Director, took to the road to shatter the silence of sexual violence. At a Take Back the Night Event in Tampa a real connection was made by a male student at the University of Tampa:

"I really connected the most with the accounts of sexual assault with the male survivors. I felt that for them to stand up and actually speak about what had happened, was truly an expression of how it can happen to anyone, not just women. There is a lot of stigma that is attached to male victims of sexual assault, so actually speaking out makes them more of a voice than anyone else in my eyes"

PAVE believes strongly that male voices both as survivors and allies need to be included in the movement against sexual violence. To take part in our male empowerment campaign The Guys Project please reach out to us today at empowerment@pavingtheway.net

Lucky Days

PAVE Benefit in Boston
Lucky Days film premieres Monday, May 10th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 12446.

Directors Angelica Torn and Tony Torn and Emmy Award winning Rip Torn will be on hand for the panel discussion afterward!
Click here for more info.

Making Campus SAFE
PAVE Sponsors SAFE Blueprint by SOC

Thanks to the exposure of campuses failing to address sexual assault in Center for Public Integrity's series 'Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice' Security on Campus is spearheading improvements in legislation addressing these issues.

PAVE is a proud sponsor of the Campus Sexual Assault Free Environment (SAFE) Blueprint revealed this last month at the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus in Washington DC. Read more about the inspiration for this action here and see current coverage.

The outline focuses on the following key areas:
  • Improving education and awareness in order to foster cultural change.
  • Improved rights for sexual assault victims.
  • Increased transparency in disciplinary proceedings, academic and other accommodations for victims.
  • Stronger and better coordinated implementation of these new as well as existing federal guidelines.
Get more information and receive a copy of the SAFE Blueprint here.

Security on Campus
Emergency Guidebook

Security on Campus Inc. is offering a customizable Emergency Guidebook for you to tailor to your campus community! Learn more here!

Date: June 3-4, 2010
Location: Amherst, MA
Partnership: University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department

Date: July 7-8, 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Partnership: University of Pennsylvania's Division of Public Safety

Date: July 19-20, 2010
o, IL
Partnership: Northwestern University's Police Department

PAVE's Survivor Justice Director will be attending!

PAVE Affiliate Project
Welcom AzSAN!

Welcome to our newest Affiliate, Arizona Sexual Assault Network (AzSAN)

Learn more about our affiliate program here.

Correction to Jasmine's Law
Thanks for catching it ICASA & MOMSV

On March 25, 2010 Jasmine's Law passed the Senate 57-0 and the House 112-0. The version that passed did not add 11 years to sexual offenses committed against minors under the influence, rather it adds an extended term to ALL class felonies committed against minors under 18 that are under the influence of alcohol.

PAVE apologizes for the error! Thanks for helping us catch it.


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