The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the center and leading scorer of Boston University's hockey team, Corey Trivino, was arrested and charged with sexual assault. The team's coach, Jack Parker, soon booted Trivino from the team and revoked his scholarship.
Upon reading this news, Executive Director Stephanie Nilva commented: this is "a rare moment of accountability in the athletic world at the college level." Day One applauds the swift action Boston University and Coach Parker took in response to Trivino's actions. It sends a clear message to all people that survivors of assault can turn to authorities for help and that no one is above the law and that, not even a sports team's star player.
Read the full article "BU star booted from team after assault arrest" on the Boston Globe website.
– Audre Lorde, The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism
Inspired by Lorde's conception of justice and freedom, I decided to focus my college career towards the study of social justice issues and systems of exploitation and oppression. Like Lorde, I wanted to be an agent of change. I wanted to use my strengths, energy and passion towards living in and creating a more just, dignified world for all people.
*'Why I'm Here' is new blog series written by Day One interns and volunteers reflecting on what led them to Day One.
Yesterday was Liz Claiborne Inc.'s eighth annual It's Time To Talk Day, a national day of dialogue and awareness on domestic violence, sexual assault and teen dating abuse coordinated through their Love Is Not Abuse campaign. The organizers invited talk radio hosts, government officials, domestic violence advocates, businesses, and schools to talk to one another and get the conversation started on in issue that severely impacts our society.
Day One's Executive Director Stephanie Nilva was one of the experts invited to speak on the issue. Asked about the importance of this event, Stephanie said "Liz Claiborne's It's Time to Talk Day focuses awareness on domestic violence issues affecting people of all ages, and awareness can save lives."
Click Read More to see a photo of Stephanie at the event and what she talked about.
By Margarita Guzman, Program Director
Check out this op-ed from Steven Hernandez in Represent Magazine, a publication written by and for youth in foster care. Its voices like Steven's that play the most critical role in ending intimate partner violence. When young people stand up to fight against the violence they have witnessed and speak out against unhealthy relationships, they deliver a life-saving message to their peers.
"I come from a community with a lot of domestic violence. In my neighborhood you see couples arguing and physically fighting right out in public. I've seen couples punching each other. Seeing all this violence makes some kids think that it is normal in relationships, but I don't think things should be that way.
My sister Michele and her ex-boyfriend Vincent could win the prize for the worst relationship ever.
I've thought a lot about Michele and Vincent's relationship. She showed him love even though he didn't deserve it. They didn't communicate well; there was no support or trust. Their relationship was very violent, and he didn't respect any of her boundaries. I know I never want to have a relationship like theirs."
Read the whole piece "Why I'll Never Be an Abuser" on Represent Magazine's website.
In the Headlines
New York City filmmaker prepares to launch abuse prevention application that won the White House "Apps Against Abuse" competition. Nancy Schwartzman, a filmmaker based in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, New York, and a team of designers are readying their winning app Circle of 6 for release. It is a free mobile-phone app to help college students out of situations that could result in rape. It was one of two winning apps in a contest held by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Campus sexual violence prevention act included in federal Violence Against Women Bill re-authorization. U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) included critical campus sexual violence prevention and response provisions in their bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The bill includes provisions from the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act) sponsored by Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA). The campus sexual violence provisions will update the federal Jeanne Clery Act to include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking in addition to sexual assault, will provide a baseline for colleges and universities to develop procedures addressing victim support services and institutions will receive guidance on primary prevention initiatives.
National study finds teen sexting a rare occurrence. Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. Only 1 percent of kids ages 10 to 17 have shared images of themselves or others that involve explicit nudity, a national study found. Earlier reports said as many as one in five young people have participated in sexting. However the studies included people in their early 20s and counted racy text messages without photos.
Two Australian authors point out the opportunity the movie Twilight provides to discuss relationships with teens. "Twilight presents us with an opportunity to springboard into discussions about some very sensitive issues. Ask a bunch of teen girls what a healthy relationship looks like and they will probably roll their eyes. But say to them ''Edward and Bella: a tale of domestic abuse. Discuss.'' and you'll unleash a passionate and thoughtful discussion as to what a healthy relationship is and how gender and power operate."
Florida organization uses a flash mob to raise awareness of healthy relationships.Shelter House, a Florida, a domestic violence shelter, counseling and court advocacy group, together with a local dance professor, staged a flash mob at a shopping center to spread the word about the importance of respect in healthy relationships. Shoppers were surprised when soft Christmas music was replaced by the blaring horns of "Respect" and 30 dancers, singers and sign holders emerged from the crowd.
In the Headlines
Day One Program Director lends expertise on domestic violence facts in New York City.In discussing the rates of domestic violence among immigrant communities in New York City, Margarita Guzman, program director of Day One, a non-profit organization that deals with dating abuse, reported that Washington Heights and Inwood have some of the highest rates of domestic incidence reports. She added that "gender-based, class-based and race-based discrimination come together so that young women of color in economically-depressed neighborhoods are experiencing high rates of violence."
Violence Against Women Act introduced for reauthorization in Congress. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The law allocates $1.6 million to improve federal, state, and local-level investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases and to provide support for shelters, rape crisis centers and community services for domestic violence survivors.
San Francisco law firm says studies show domestic violence decreases during holiday season. Heath-Newton, a San Francisco family law firm, notes that data on domestic violence and the holidays from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) show that violent incidents actually decrease over Thanksgiving and Christmas. The NDVH performed an analysis of 2004 through 2009 and found that the reports of domestic violence not only decrease during the holiday season, but that the decrease is dramatic.
Retired professor underlines link between economic stress and domestic violence, urges community to help. "A 2010 Boston Globe investigation showed the increased numbers and levels of violence in the last few years' economic stress. Losing your job, health care coverage or a home can, of course, intensify domestic violence. These reports all remind us that in these difficult times, as Phil Cline urged us, we need to be more involved by being 'informed and diligent,' aware of signs of abuse and willing to help victims of this community problem."
International movement aims to eradicate violence against women. The White Ribbon campaign is a global initiative that aims to raise awareness of the impact of violence against women, engage men and boys to take positive action to create a cultural change about violence against women and to build collective knowledge and understanding of the effective prevention of violence against women. The campaign has been roundly supported in Australia.