February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and it's just around the corner!
In honor of this important event, Day One will be launching our very first Facebook video campaign: FACT or FICTION: Myths about Dating Abuse. Every Monday in February, we'll post a common myth about dating abuse on our page and ask if you think:
a. it's FACT or FICTION; and
Then on Wednesday, we'll post a video that breaks the myth down, featuring our very own wonderful community educator, Claudia Martinez.
But you need to be our fan on Facebook to access this great new content. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/DayOneNY today!
We want to thank everyone who came to the Youth Voices Network's 4th Annual Writing Contest Award Ceremony at Barnes and Noble, TriBeCa this past Friday! From family, friends, Day One supporters and everyday New Yorkers who stopped by and listened to the young winners share their ideas about what love is, we appreciate the outpouring of support that packed the bookstore's event space. It truly meant a lot to our young people, the Youth Voices Network and of course, Day One. We'll be posting more photos and video in the coming weeks so be sure to check back for those!
We are so proud of our young winners. We wish them best of luck and hope that they find the safe and happy kind of love they wrote about so beautifully in their works. We encourage them to keep writing and be advocates for safe and healthy love among their family, friends and communities. Let your light--and your love--shine for the world!
We will be posting the winning submissions on our blog every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Stay tuned to read these fantastic and inspiring works from New York City's next-generation of poets, essayists and authors!
Dress code is business casual.
You can also RSVP on Facebook! Hope to see you there!
In the Headlines
Coalition releases new sex education standards. A national coalition of health and education groups recently released non-binding recommendations to states and school districts to encourage age-appropriate discussions about sex, bullying and healthy relationships — starting as early as first grade. Experts say schools across America are inconsistent in how they address such sensitive topics.
Connecticut Attorney General joins peers in urging Congress to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has joined with 52 other state and territorial Attorneys General in urging Congress to continue government support for vital programs that help women and families who fall victim to domestic violence. "Unfortunately the need for these programs has not gone away in Connecticut or the rest of the country," Attorney General Jepsen said. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper agrees, saying ""We must all work together to make sure victims and their families get the support they need."
National study finds one in four Kentucky women have been stalked in their lifetime, highest in the nation. The recently released National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Study found that Kentucky women had the highest rate of stalking in the nation, with a 25 percent lifetime prevalence. In response, the University of Kentucky and OutrageUs are launching The Stalking Project, a series of videos and other resources meant to educate and put a spotlight on the issue.
7th grader discusses the difficulties facing survivors of dating violence in Asian/Pacific Islander communities. "People often think of Asians as the "model minority" – perfect in school and successful in life. The truth is 41% to 61% of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women report violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. There are many cultural reasons specific to APIs that make it hard to get help. Many teens don't want their family to lose face or be shamed by taking the problem outside the family. They fear being blamed, silenced, and rejected by relatives and community members."
Washington State high school holds first dating abuse education class on death anniversary of murdered teen. Ilwaco High School in Washington hosted its first ever "Safe Dates" class on the death anniversary of Lisa Bonney, who was killed by a former boyfriend last year. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project provided the curriculum which teaches teens about verbal and nonverbal cues, the need for communication in relationships, how to establish expectations early in the relationship, and that "no means no."
Executive Director Stephanie Nilva participated in "Out of the Shadows: Covering Intimate Partner Violence" a two-day workshop hosted by The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma to educate journalists and news organizations about covering the critical public health issue of intimate partner violence. The workshop featured a wide range of speakers including national and local mental health and policy experts, award-winning journalists, educators and prevention advocates. She was part of a panel about intimate partner violence in uniquely vulnerable teen, immigrant, refugee and LGBT communities.
Watch a video clip of Stephanie's presentation here or by clicking on the image above.
Categories: Day One in the Media
Love Is Not Abuse, The Liz Claiborne Foundation's initiative to combat teen dating violence, and Seventeen Magazine are hosting a series of chats every Monday from Jan. 16 to Feb. 6, 4-5PM E.T.
To join, sign in to your account at www.twitter.com. Search for the hashtag #Whatlovemeans to follow the conversation and add the hashtag to your own tweets to join in. For more information, check out the announcement on loveisnotabuse.com, or pick up this month's issue of Seventeen Magazine.
These Twitter chats will give teens a chance to get their relationship questions answered by experts and share their thoughts on dating, relationships and what behaviors should (and should never) be accepted from a boyfriend or girlfriend.
@DayOneNY will be there and we hope you will too!
(Closest subway: Chambers St.
Let us know you're coming by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or RSVP on Facebook.
Click on "Read More" to see the list of winners!
We would like to invite all our supporters to watch the benefit performance of 'The Vagina Monologues' being produced by The Juilliard School. This is the second time Juilliard has dedicated a performance of Eve Ensler's work to Day One and we are honored and grateful for their support. A Day One representative will be present to speak to the audience after the event.
Sunday, January 29, 2012 7:00 PM
The Juilliard School (Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio)
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, 10023 (map)
Closest train: 1, 2 at 66 St- Lincoln Center
Go to their V-Day page to find out more and learn how to put on your own benefit performance!
Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Part of the proceeds will go to Day One. After attending the event, tweet us @DayOneNY, use the hashtag #VDay2012 and let us know what you think!
See you there!
Shop at Barnes and Noble Tribeca (97 Warren Street) or at www.bn.com/bookfair from January 26 to 30 and Day One will receive a percentage of those profits.
For in-store shoppers, make sure you mention you are participating in the Bookfair and present the voucher below. Download a Day One Bookfair voucher here or click on the image below.
For online shoppers, make sure you enter our Bookfair ID: 10653624 on the Payment Page.
Click on "Read More" for more details.
Thanks for your support and happy shopping!
In the Headlines
Sex education reaches youth online and via text message. Sex education is a thorny subject for most school systems; only 13 states specify that the medical components of the programs must be accurate, and shrinking budgets and competing academic subjects have helped push it down as a curriculum priority. In reaction, some health organizations and school districts are developing websites and texting services as cost-effective ways to reach adolescents.
New Texas laws expand orders of protection to dating relationships and address stalking among teens. Six new laws relating to stalking and domestic violence recently took effect in Texas. Permanent orders of protection now include a new girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse. The laws also recognize stalking in teen relationships. According to a local advocate, "Many of what teens are experiencing might qualify as stalking. Hundreds of phone calls, text messages particularly using electronic and social media to control somebody or monitor their whereabouts."
Survey finds rise in number of young victims of sexual assault. The Center for Disease Control's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, or NISVS, found that nearly one in five women has been raped in her lifetime; one in four has suffered severe physical violence at the hand of a partner and one out of seven men has been victim to violence in a relationship. The survey also found that about 80 percent of female rape victims suffered their first attack before age 25. See the Opinion section for a piece explaining how this study relates to the upcoming re-authorization vote of the Violence Against Women Act.
Advocate points to alarming findings about intimate partner violence, urges re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act. "Data from the Center of Disease Control's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey confirms what advocates know about sexual violence—that it is one of the most pervasive and serious public health issues in this country. This underscores the urgent need for policy makers to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)."
New York teen's project on domestic abuse education earns award. Lauren Gorstein, a 16-year-old Yorktown High School student received a Gold Leadership Award for her domestic abuse education project for the Girl Scouts. Her project included creating a DVD for use in class and a banner for a women's resource center that will be displayed every February (during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month) reminding the community about the dangers of domestic violence.
By Gayle Gatchalian, Program and Communications Associate
|Women who binge drink are at an increased risk for intimate partner violence.|
Jessica Rotondi from The Huffington Post reported on a study from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada showing that researchers could predict a person's binge drinking based on the binge drinking patterns of their partner, i.e. John's binge drinking behavior can be predicted by looking at his girlfriend Jane's drinking behavior. While the article focused on the impact of binge drinking on women (a troubling trend in itself), this particular paragraph caught my eye:
"To top off the grim statistics, women who binge drink are at a higher risk of being the victims of violence: Alcohol consumption is involved in two out of three incidents of intimate partner violence, according to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Click "Read More" to read on...
On January 2nd, NPR's Morning Edition featured a story about the surprising return to the charts of embattled pop singer Chris Brown whose rise to fame in 2009 was soon accompanied by a sharp fall to the bottom after he beat up his then-girlfriend, fellow superstar Rihanna. The great thing about this article was that it used this popular entertainment story to bring to light an important issue about teen dating violence--victim blaming.
According to the article: "Close to 50 percent of the young people we surveyed thought that Rihanna was actually responsible for the incident," says Casey Corcoran, the former director of Start Strong who led the poll. "They were blaming her."
Since then, there have been some great follow-up on the blogosphere on the issue. Here are a couple of them:
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is coming up in February and it's great that the media is getting started to talking about this issue. Keep a look out for events and projects in the month of February as we work to raise awareness of this important issue and combat issues that victim blaming that make it difficult for survivors of abuse to start healing and get justice.
Read the article or listen to the full story, "In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On Abuse".