Comment on Proposed Title IX Regulation Changes #MeToo #TimesUp #EndRapeCulture

Comment on Proposed Title IX Regulation Changes #MeToo #TimesUp #EndRapeCulture

The changes Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has proposed will have detrimental life-long consequences to our current and future generations of students. This does not just effect college age students. Title IX Regulations are also for K-12 students. All students have a right to attend school free from sexual assault and harassment of any kind, including those that happen off-campus by students.

SD Voyager Magazine Inspiring Stories recognizes my Victim Advocacy work

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Victim advocacy work is something we advocates do because of a desire to serve others and to help victims reclaim their power. It is not full of testimonials and 5-star reviews because most of our work is confidential and very personal and private. We don't do this work for the recognition but it is nice to be recognized for the work we do. 

Thank you to SD Voyager Magazine for including my story in their online community magazine Inspiring Stories section. 

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If You Don't Serve Justice, We Will and We Did #RecallPersky

If You Don't Serve Justice, We Will and We Did #RecallPersky

I cried when I saw the news that our campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky was successful. There hasn’t been a judge recalled in the state of California for 86 years, but we did it! Although I wasn’t able to vote because I don’t live in Santa Clara county, I know I helped by speaking up and sharing. I have a renewed sense of determination. My tanks have been refilled, I can keep going in my fight to seek justice for victims.

TED Talks I recommend on Violence, Abuse, and Solutions

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues." But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men's issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

When a young woman texted DoSomething.org with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. Nearly 10 million text messages later, the organization is using the privacy and power of text messaging to help people handle addiction, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, sexual abuse and more. But there's an even bigger win: The anonymous data collected by text is teaching us when crises are most likely to happen — and helping schools and law enforcement to prepare for them.

 

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Below, Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

 

We need a more considered approach to using social media for social justice, says writer and activist Ione Wells. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes how sharing her personal story gave hope to others and delivers a powerful message against the culture of online shaming.