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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is proud to offer the Annual Adult Protective Services Training Conference. The purpose of this conference is to provide comprehensive information on the prevention of abuse against the elderly and people with disabilities.
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MADD presents their Designated Driver Golf Tournament on September 27. Contact Nancy Toland at Nancy.Toland@madd.org for more information.

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Because there are NEVER any #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend. Domestic violence isn't a joke and should never be taken lightly. Check out the #140reasonsdvisnotajoke. The reasons are sombering and all too real.

To many a decent human being’s great disappointment, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend became a top trending topic on Twitter over the weekend. In response, here are 140 reasons to never treat domestic violence as a 140 character joke. All of these people have been killed by an intimate partner or family...
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Interested in being a peer educator or an adult ally with the Texas PEACE Project? Check out their FREE upcoming training. Visit the link for more information.

This 4 hour training is designed to provide detailed information about the Texas PEACE Project and what it takes to become a peer educator or adult ally. Attendees will explore the root causes of sexual and dating violence through interactive exercises and group discussions. We will also examine the
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After an ABC News report about the murder of a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, members of Congress have introduced a bill designed to protect whistleblowers and improve the treatment of victims of violence and sexual assault. The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 is named for
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Perry signs rape kit bill into law.

New legislation requires rape kits to be sent to lab 30 days after being collected Read more by Emily Rand on CBS News' CBS News Investigates.
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Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, by having schools educating children on sexual abuse in a child friendly manner. PASS ERIN'S LAW at the federal...
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Support the Dallas County Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition by liking their page on Facebook! They do great work and are really working to make a difference in the community. Thank you for all you do!

Welcome to the Dallas County Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition (DVAC) Facebook Page! This will allow members to easily share announcements, resources, and other information with DVAC participants. We are all aware of the impact that domestic violence can take on our community. DVAC is organized to tackle the problem head-on.

With the help of social service agencies, law enforcement agencies and the cooperation of the judicial system, we can make an impact in Dallas County. DVAC shares resources and information that are vital to those of us that work to protect and serve. Monthly, the coalition meets to hear from representatives from shelters, community agencies, law enforcement, attorneys and judges. Each meeting brings about new ideas, issues, and problems to be addressed, ultimately opening communication lines with diverse agencies.

DVAC consists of professionals such as you, who can assist us in directing, organizing, and implementing change for domestic violence victims. The coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 am.

Please join us. The families impacted by domestic violence need you.

Check out this great campaign! Believing survivors is so important. Glad to see this!

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Sexual violence as a hate crime.

South African lesbians targeted in rapes, slayings - online at the 365gay.com blog. Post comments about issues affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
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March 15, 2011

 

The publicity surrounding the alleged gang rape of an 11 year-old East Texas child has generated concern from advocates across the State.  We are troubled not only by the nature of the reports but also by the insensitive light in which the child is being portrayed. Sadly, we live in a world in which rape victims are blamed for the cr...ime their perpetrators committed against them. We dissect what a victim did, said and wore, as if this somehow excuses the perpetrator from responsibility. Sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another using manipulation, pressure, tricks, coercion or physical force.  All of us, regardless of age, race, gender or socioeconomic status, are afforded the same right to protection under the law. No one deserves to have our basic human rights taken away from us because someone else says, “she wanted it;” “she waited too long to report;” or “she placed herself in that situation.”  We are saddened and appalled to watch as child victims are subjected to deplorable, unjustified scrutiny and blame.

 

A perpetrator is one hundred percent responsible for his or her actions and a victim is never to blame for what happened to her or him. Any time we stray from this reality, we perpetuate unacceptable behaviors by failing to hold perpetrators accountable and allowing victims to be judged and shamed by their community. The sad truth is that negative portrayals of rape survivors in the media prevent others from coming forward and getting help.  In the interest of accurate reporting, it is important to note the facts:  An estimated one in five girls and one in ten boys will be sexually victimized before age 18¹, yet only 1 in 3 will tell anyone2. Approximately 80 percent of all sexual assault victims are under the age of 183.  Finally, 60 percent of all sexual assaults are never reported to police4.

 

Rape survivors fear they will not be believed and they will be forever labeled. Sexual assault is a traumatic event that causes emotional scarring that can last a lifetime. All rape survivors deserve to be spared further victimization by the media and the public. The most important things we can do for a rape survivor are believe her or him; listen without judgment; and encourage her or him to call the local rape crisis hotline. To connect with services in your area, contact the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 1.800.656.HOPE or online at www.online.RAINN.org.

 

Signed by:

 

Rebecca White

President and CEO Houston Area Women's Center

Sexual Assault Hotline:713-528-7273

 

Sarah Raleigh

Excutive Director- Montgomery County Women's Center

MCWC Hotline: 936-441-7273

 

Jolene Miller

Executive Director

SAAFE Houston

Crisis Hotlines: 936-291-3369 / 936-327-2513

 

 


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Victim Impact Panel on April 16th. Please view photo for event details.

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Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center

Join the Crime Victims Council of Dallas County on April 13 for "Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past", a ceremony commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week. See the photo for event details.

Life After Advocacy Group is hosting a special luncheon, "Women of Many Colors", on April 23. Please view the picture for more event information.

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The Glenn Heights Police Department Candlelight Vigil is coming up on April 11th from 7-8 pm in observance of Crime Victims Rights Week. See the attached photo for details.

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How great to see students standing up for social change!

Students at Dickinson College are demanding the school deal more harshly with students who commit sexual offenses.
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