Monthly Archives: December 2015

ABC Teaming up with RAINN

RAINN

Two of this season’s most popular shows featured storylines involving sexual violence last week. RAINN worked with ABC’s Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder to sensitively and accurately portray issues affecting survivors of sexual assault, leading to an all-time high demand for the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org). Following the airing of the PSA, RAINN saw a 47% increase in demand for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Click here for the full story, courtesy of RAINN.org

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2015 Strategic Planning Meeting

Strategic Planning

On December 8th, 2015, the SART strategic planning workshop was hosted by Boca Raton Police Department.
55 SART members from law enforcement, SANEs, fo-rensic units, victim advocates, State Attorneys, cam-pus, military, and survivors attended the workshop to identify system gaps and training needs to ensure victim centered coordinated community response.

2015 Regional SART Meeting

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On September 17, 2015, Palm Beach County SART teamed up with the Southeast region of SARTs for an informational training to 120 members from all the SARTs. 60 members of PBC SART attended from advocacy  organizations, law enforcement, forensic exam providers, State Attorney’s Office, legal aid partners, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and local schools and universities attended the 8 hr. training at the FDLE in Miami.

The training objective was for Participants to learn about the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to providing support for sexual assault survivors. PBC SART members presented on Protocol/Implementation, Campus response, underserved populations, and moderated the Survivor panel.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

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Stalking Victimization

  • 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
  • Over 85% of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
  • 61% of female victims and 44% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • 25% of female victims and 32% of male victims of stalking are stalked by an acquaintance.
  • About 1 in 5 of stalking victims are stalked by a stranger.
  • Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.
  • 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
  • 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.
[Matthew J. Breiding et al., “Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 63, No. 8 (2014): 7]
[Katrina Baum et al., (2009). “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington, DC:BJS, 2009).]

 

Promoting the month:

Whether you are affiliated with an organization that wants to promote or an engaged citizen, there are tools for everyone. The link includes posters, social media messages, public services announcements, flyers, and much more. Courtesy of www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org

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Hispanic “No Means No” PSA

No means No in every Language:

As part of a continued outreach to underserved populations, Palm Beach County Victim Services, PBC TV 20, & El-Sol produced a Spanish version of the “No means No” public service announcement (PSA). The 30 second PSA script follows the life stages of a person from toddler to adult who has learned that no is supposed to mean no in a variety of settings, and that includes unwanted sexual advances. This PSA is one of several strategies that will be employed in the near future to reach the Hispanic community with important information about sexual assaults and available services.  Betzy Rega, Health Coordinator from El Sol commented about the project,  “Thank you so much for making us a part of this really important piece. The El Sol team learned so much and had fun as well. At first they were not sure if they were going to be able to do this but in the end they felt so proud of themselves for helping their community. I am so proud of them.”

A January 10th Hispanic outreach festival is tentatively planned at a community church. If any agency is interested in finding out how they can participate, please contact Sharon Daugherty at  sdaugher@pbcgov.org or call 561-625-2568.

 

Holiday Quilts for Victims

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Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit dropped off some quilts to our S.A.R.T. Center for us to give to crime victims – these quilts were hand made by a very kind woman – Ann Rodgers – she made 130 quilts that she brought to PBSO to be given out and they were kind enough to send some of these beautiful quilts our way – Thank You – Ann & PBSO Domestic Violence Unit!

Survivor Action Team PSA

Sexual Assault “Survivor Action Team” takes on Hollywood

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The Survivor Action Team, part of the Palm Beach County Sexual Assault Response Team, joined together on December 2, 2015 to film their first public service announcement. The team is comprised of empowered adult sexual assault survivors who want to move forward with reaching out to the community and bring awareness to these issues.

Working with Channel 20/Palm Beach County Public Affairs, six team members openly represented cultural diversity along with a bold & magnificent outreach message. With the team identifying themselves as survivors, speaking words of understanding and invite, the goal was to reach out to other survivors and the general audience in the community. It is intended that viewers will know where to turn for help within Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center, whether it’s therapy, victim advocacy, court accompaniment or rape exam. Hopefully, some may join the Survivor Action Team! See it aired in January, 2016.

 

The PSA was completed and can be found here!