Day One is proud to join the Connect The Dots Coalition in support of survivors of sexual assault. Check out this video of Community Educator Claudia at a rally demanding maximum sentencing of NYPD Officers Moreno and Mata who were found guilty of official misconduct following the rape of a young New York City woman. Claudia brings to light a youth perspective on sexual assault.
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New York City abuser freed by judge, attacks teen ex-girlfriend upon release. Daniel Paraguay, 20 was released on a $25,000 bail (lowered by the judge from $250,000) on rape charges against his 17 year old ex-girlfriend. A week after being released, he violated an order of protection filed against him, and last Monday, he broke into her home and stabbed her, paralyzing her from the waist-down.
Recently introduced domestic violence sentencing legislation in New York State to offer relief for victims. The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act seeks potential sentencing relief for those charged with crimes related to abuse against them. The new legislation, sponsored by State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, would allow judges leeway in sentencing domestic violence survivors who have committed crimes against their abusers for which abuse is proven to be a "significant contributing factor."
Researchers from Kentucky and Cincinnati universities find increased active-bystander behavior among students with sexual violence prevention training. Comparing self-reported active bystander behaviors and violence acceptance norms among undergraduates with or without training or exposure from Green Dot, a sexual violence education initiative, researchers found significantly lower rape myth acceptance scores and increased active bystander behaviors than non-exposed students.
Children's website editor discusses how Rihanna could give her controversial songs and videos about domestic abuse the 'right message'. "Suddenly, I got it. Rihanna was far from healed. While the storyline of the new video was empowering -- she took control and got rid of her attacker for good -- she also knew it wasn't the answer. She was going to go to jail -- possibly for the rest of her life. This is what happens to women who take matters into their own hands, and Rihanna was confused as to what else she could have done. If only she realized how many other females feel exactly the way she does, this is where she could have—and still can—make a difference."
Campaign urges Connecticut men to pledge against domestic violence. The White Ribbon Campaign, led by the Center for Women & Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Inc., encourages men to wear a white ribbon as a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
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In Massachusetts, dating violence is more prevalent than many believe. Youth in Massachusetts are victimized by bullying and dating violence at alarming rates. According to the latest Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior survey, 1 in 5 high school students reported being the victim of bullying, and 1 in 10 reported being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
Florida schools adopt teen dating abuse policies. Under a recently approved school board policy, students found sexting, spreading malicious rumors, or harassing ex-boyfriends or girlfriends will be subject to disciplinary actions by the school. The inclusive language of the policy allows behaviors yet identified with dating abuse to be added in the future and gives direction on how to investigate and discipline incidents of this nature on acts that occur on school property or school-related events.
A mother writes about what programs and parents can do to prevent dating violence in the digital age. "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas but not in the world of Texting, Face Book and the soaring numbers of reported Teen Dating Violence. Teen Dating Violence is a pervasive problem and knowing the warning signs can help and possibly save a life!"
South Carolina teachers learn about local resources for dating violence victims and survivors. Roughly 50 teachers and educators will participate in the five-day Summer Institute that will help educate them on resources available to them to help students in need of social assistance. Over the week, the educators will hear from a variety of people affiliated with social service agencies, the medical community, nonprofit organizations and the school system to gain a better understanding on what they can do to help their students lead safer healthier lives.
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Rihanna's new music video brings controversy about media portrayal of violence. Stephanie Nilva, Executive Director of Day One, New York's leading teen relationship abuse-focused organization said, "I respect the fact that Rihanna is trying to draw attention to these issues, but I don't think viewers are necessarily getting healthy messages from it."
Rhode Island Senator holds hearing on teen violence. The Rhode Island Democrat visited William E. Tolman Senior High School in Pawtucket on Friday to chair a hearing on strategies for protecting teenagers from dating violence and bullying. The hearing included testimony from state advocates on programs designed to reduce abuse.
New study from Harvard School of Public Health finds adult partner violence linked to childhood bullying. Males who bullied other children during their childhood are much more likely to be violent towards their intimate partners later on in life, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, reported in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine today.
In Philadelphia, forum participants discuss ways to screen for intimate partner violence. Karin Rhodes, assistant professor and director of the University of Pennsylvania's Division of Emergency Care Policy Research, discussed ways to screen and intervene in instances of intimate partner violence.
CNN Op-Ed piece defends Rihanna's 'Man Down' video. "Like most people reacting to the controversy involving 23-year-old Grammy-winning superstar Rihanna and her new music video, "Man Down," I'm shocked. Not by the video but by the knee-jerk reaction of supposed experts on violence against women, such as the Parents Television Council, which has denounced it for its portrayal of rape and street murder."
Check out Executive Director Stephanie Nilva on MTV. Click on the image below to watch the video.
"Every song Rihanna does is put under a microscope,' Stephanie Nilva of Day One, says of Rihanna's video controversy."
Read the full article, "Rihanna's 'Man Down' Video: Experts Weigh In On Controversy" on MTV.com.
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Parents of California dating abuse victim start organization to educate teens and parents. Lynne and Andy, parents of murdered teen Siobhan Russell, spoke to teens and parents of Herndon High near Fresno, CA about the signs and danger of dating abuse. The couple introduced those gathered to their recently created nonprofit organization Dating Abuse Stops Here (DASH).
Maryland advocacy group presents 2011 state legislative action report. The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence came out with its report of the status of the state's domestic violence related legislative agenda.
Study from Massachusetts universities finds service gaps for adolescents and men experiencing domestic violence. Researchers from Clark University and Bridgewater State College looked at the provision of domestic violence services across age, sexual orientation and gender. Surveying the served populations of various service providers, they found that adolescents and men were the groups least reached by these agencies.
Head of Massachusetts think tank underlines the prevalence of crimes against women. "Amid all the opportunity and modernization that the new global economy has brought to the world, there are still horrible conditions for females and dangers at every turn. The crimes against women in the developing world may be grounded in different traditions and beliefs and may appear on the surface to be extreme and unusual, but the result is the same as in Massachusetts – the murder and mistreatment of women."
Brooklyn Borough President will hold conference for service providers on teen sexual violence. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's Task Force on Teen Violence will educate service providers about sexual violence among youth at "Uncovering Truths: Preventing Teen Sexual Violence in Brooklyn". Day One's Youth Voices Network member Nisha Giridhar will be the keynote speaker for the event.