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.
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.
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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE
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's ANGELA ROSE WILL BE THERE!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Location:Chicago, IL Partnership: Northwestern University's Police Department PAVE's Survivor Justice Director will be attending!
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.