Posted in Awareness

Every 9 Seconds

Every 9 seconds, a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other.

There are 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour period. That means every day approximately 9,600 women are beaten or assaulted .3,504,000 a year.

Here’s another shocking statistic: the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 is 6,488.

The number of women that were murdered by current or ex-male partners during that same time frame is 11,766, according to the Huffington Post. That’s almost double the number of people that were killed fighting in war.

Every 98 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted.

People who are in an abusive relationship will stay with their partner for a number of reasons:

-Their self-esteem is totally destroyed, and they are made to feel they will never be able to find another person to be with.

-The cycle of abuse, meaning the ‘honeymoon phase’ that follows physical and mental abuse, makes them believe their partner really is sorry, and does love them. But their partner will do it again.

-It’s dangerous to leave. Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the weeks after leaving their abusive partner than at any other time in the relationship, according to the Domestic Violence Intervention program.

-They feel personally responsible for their partner, or their own behavior. They are made to feel like everything that goes wrong is their fault.

–They share a life. Marriages, children, homes, pets, and finances are a big reason victims of abuse feel they can’t leave.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #DomesticViolenceAwareness to post on social media. Sometimes, people don’t know if they are really in an abusive relationship because they’re used to their partner calling them crazy or making them feel like all the problems are their own fault. Here are a few ways to know if you’re in an abusive relationship that you need to get out of.

1. Your partner has hit you, beat you, or strangled you in the past.

2. Your partner is possessive. They check up on you constantly wondering where you are; they get mad at you for hanging out with certain people if you don’t do what they say.

3. Your partner is jealous. (A small amount of jealousy is normal and healthy) however, if they accuse you of being unfaithful or isolate you from family or friends, that means the jealousy has gone too far.

4. Your partner puts you down. They attack your intelligence, looks, mental health, or capabilities. They blame you for all of their violent outbursts and tell you nobody else will want you if you leave.

5. Your partner threatens you or your family.

6. Your partner physically and sexually abuses you. If they EVER push, shove, or hit you, or make you have sex with them when you don’t want to, they are abusing you (even if it doesn’t happen all the time.)

HISTORY

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The “Day of Unity” soon evolved into a week, and in October of 1987, the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. In 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has been passed each year since.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, please seek , talk to friend or family member a counselor, a teacher.

Fact in Ohio – a portion of all money for marriage license fees goes to a domestic violence shelter in that county in Ohio.

3113.34 Additional fee for marriage license used for financial assistance to shelters for victims of domestic violence.

In addition to any fee established under section 2101.16 of the Revised Code for the issuance of a marriage license, the probate court shall collect and deposit in the county treasury a fee of seventeen dollars for each marriage license issued. This fee, plus the thirty-two-dollar fee collected under division (D) of section2303.201 of the Revised Code as additional costs in each new action or proceeding for annulment, divorce, or dissolution of marriage, shall be retained in a special fund and shall be expended only to provide financial assistance to shelters for victims of domestic violence and only as provided in sections3113.35 to 3113.39 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 12-09-1994

If you are in danger, call 911.

Please remember to give and donate to your local domestic violence shelter all year long but especially at Christmas as many often leave with just the clothes on their backs.

Important Links and Apps

Links- National DV Hotline DV Hotline

National Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline

App Aspire News When Georgia Smiles

Posted in Me To, Sexual assault, Sexual Misconduct

No Means No

Even long before the Cosby-ORiley-Weinstein scandals there was sexual misconduct harassment and unwanted fondling and sexual assault against women and men in the workplace.

I’m glad we’re finally talking about it and doing something about it. But really what the hell took so long?

The Weinstein scandal has sparked a national conversation about sexual misconduct and prompted others to come forward with accusations ranging from groping to rape against what we called prominent men.

Ed Westwick, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, actor Ben Affleck and former President George H. W. Bush ,Hamilton Fish just to name a few.

When will men and women finally understand no means no and trying to control women and men and their careers by demanding sexual favors is unacceptable always has been unacceptable and always will be unacceptable.

The definition

Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behavior used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is without consent, or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed.

I have been an advocate against violence, abuse, sexual abuse since 1989.

I repeatedly tell college students that go to frat parties and also my friends who go to bars clubs never put a glass down at a party or bar , always use the buddy system when going to parties actually I️ think a few friends should stick together, never let the other be alone and never go upstairs at a fraternity party.<

now you can also are likely to be assaulted is in your dorm; you are most vulnerable the first few weeks of the semester; and your attacker is most likely to be a friend or acquaintance.< strong>In 2015 a study found over 20 percent of all women surveyed experienced unwanted sexual contact while attending college. This confirmed earlier findings from a survey conducted between 2005 to 2007, in which one in five women reported being sexually assaulted since entering college.< strong>While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted.< Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.

▪ Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.

Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.Don’t be busy on your cell . Pay attention to where you are and who is around.Before getting in your car as your walking towards it look under it.

Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.

Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.

Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have money for a cab.

Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.

Avoid putting earbuds in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.

When you go to a social gathering or party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other and leave together.

if you must drink which I️ personally am against, Practice safe drinking. Know your limit. Do not leave any beverages unattended or accept drinks from someone you don’t know or trust (this includes non-alcoholic drinks). And never drink if your under age for one it’s illegal two it’s illegal.

Have a buddy system. Don’t be afraid to let a friend know if something is making you uncomfortable or if you are worried about you or your friend’s safety. Listen to your gut . And if your friend is trying to convince you to stay in potentially dangerous situations maybe you need to look at who your friends really are.

▪ If someone you don’t know or trust asks you to go somewhere alone, let him or her know that you would rather stay with the group.Walking/Running ▪Make sure your cell phone (if you have one) is easily accessible. ▪ Have enough money for cab fare should you need it.

▪ Take major, public streets and paths rather than less populated shortcuts.

▪ Avoid dimly lit places and talk to authorities if lights need to be installed in an area.

▪ Avoid walking/running alone whenever possible.

▪ Carry a small noisemaker (like a whistle) and/or flashlight on your person.

▪ Remain mentally alert and aware of your surroundings.

▪ Plan your route and know what “safe” places are on it (police stations, hospitals, etc.).

Driving ▪ Keep your doors locked.

▪ Have extra car necessities (oil, jumper cables, etc.).

▪ Try not to wait until the last minute to fill your gas tank; always keep it at least half full.

▪ Have your keys ready when you go to unlock your car.

▪ Plan your route and know what “safe” places are on it (police stations, hospitals, etc.).

Taking the Bus ▪ Be alert at bus stops when waiting for them to arrive.

▪ Use the bus schedule to avoid waiting for a long time at a stop.

▪ Plan your route to use the busiest, best-lighted stop possible.

▪ If someone is bothering you on the bus, tell the driver or use the emergency signal.

▪ If you feel uneasy about getting off at your usual stop, stay on until the next stop or wait until the safest stop.

Home Safety ▪ Keep house doors locked, even when you are at home.

▪ Install a security system (if possible) and use it.

▪ Install outside lighting system (with motion detectors).

▪ Do not prop open doors or windows.

▪ Close blinds/curtains at night.

▪ Keep car doors locked, even in your own driveway or garage.

At Parties ▪ Be aware of rape drugs.

▪ Try not to leave your drink unattended.

▪ Only drink from unopened containers or from drinks you have watched being made and poured.

▪ Avoid group drinks like punch bowls.

▪ Cover your drink. It is easy to slip in a small pill even while you are holding your drink. Hold a cup with your hand over the top, or choose drinks that are contained in a bottle and keep your thumb over the nozzle.

▪ If you feel extremely tired or drunk for no apparent reason, you may have been drugged. Find your friends and ask them to leave with you as soon as possible.

▪ If you suspect you have been drugged, go to a hospital and ask to be tested.

▪ Keep track of how many drinks you have had.

▪ Try to come and leave with a group of people you trust.

▪ Avoid giving out your personal information (phone number, where you live, etc.). If someone asks for your number, take his/her number instead of giving out yours.

If Someone is Pressuring You If someone is pressuring you to engage in sexual activity, it is important to remember that being in this situation is not your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong, it is the person who is making you uncomfortable who is to blame. But if you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation here are some things that you can try:

Trust your instincts. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason.

Be true to yourself. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.

Have a code word with your friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends or family can then come to get you or make up an excuse for you to leave.

Lie. If you don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are: needing to take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere else that you need to be, etc.

▪ Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?

▪ If you and/or the other person have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment.

I️ say this from experience.

I️ was a freshman in high school.

And one night I was at a pep rally at my high school and just wanted to leave early. We didn’t have cell phones in the late 70s.

I️ only lived maybe 8 blocks up the road see I walked home. There were a bunch of senior guys drinking and Joy riding in a car. Started howling and shouting comments of a sexual nature at me and I️ ignored them and they kept driving.

I️ breathed a sigh of relief and thought what fucking pigs they were. I️ could never understand why all the guys lined these asshole jocks.

So I️ kept walking and suddenly up a side street comes the same car of guys. I️ crosses the road and I️ was tackled. I️ had by now 4 of them on top of me grabbing me and trying to get my pants off. Yes I️ was screaming and fighting back .

All of a sudden I️ hear this guy yell get the duck off her now.

He ran over to me and grabbed me here it was my friend who was home from the military, he shielded ne and I️ was so relieved.

God only knows what would have happened to me if he didn’t show up.

No I️ didn’t report it hell I️ didn’t even tell my parents because I was afraid I wouldn’t be allowed to go anywhere. I️ wondered was it how I️ was dressed, or did I️ say anything to them to make them think I️ wanted this?

Hello no I didn’t.

I️ did tell my mom finally and she was very understanding and supportive.

If anything like this ever happens to you please tell someone right away.

It’s not your fault