Florida Atlantic University presented Black Girls Matter on 02/18/16 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. This event included poetry and speaking by participants and affiliates. FAU Victim Services, FAU Student Services, Palm Beach County Victim Services, NAACP, FAU Police, and the National League of Negro Women were all in attendance.
CAN is currently working on the 2016 Flash Mob.
On 2/9/16, CAN members met with G-Star students to choreograph the routine.
It will be filmed on 2/16/16 and will be posted to the SART YouTube page.
Campus Round Up 3, held on Feb. 5th, 2016 was a success with honors! This full day training was the result of the dedicated time of the SART Campus Committee, location host: Palm Beach State College and funding from the Office on Violence against Women and Palm Beach County Victim Services. Based on feedback from previous Campus Round Ups, the presenters provided an in-depth training to compare and contrast the intersection of Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Title IX, Clery Act, Violence against Women Act (VAWA), Florida Statutes and local law enforcement in serving victims of campus sexual assault.
We were privileged to have State Attorney Dave Aronberg as our opening speaker. He addressed a commitment to continue to work with the colleges and the Sexual Assault Team to deliver the best services available for victims of campus sexual assault. Presenters from the Clery Center for Security on Campus, the Florida Council on Sexual Violence, our State Attorney’s Office and our Survivor panel received outstanding evaluations having imparted new and useful training. There were 96 in attendance, representing Law Enforcement, Campus, Medical, Fire-Rescue, Counselors, and other Victim Service providers.
Comments from the training were: “Inspirational & enlightening!, Appreciate the clarification on timely warning, knowledgeable presenters, powerful survivor panel, enjoyed the interaction between the various disciplines, appreciated having the answers available by the experts”. Takeaways from the day include plans for each campus to visit their local law enforcement departments (and vice versa) to continue to develop relationships, campus staff were invited to join the Sexual Assault Response Team & participate in the on-going committees coordinated through Palm Beach County Victim Services.
The It’s On Us campaign released this video that shows the importance of intervention to stop sexual assaults. 20% of women will be sexually assaulted in college and that is just too many. It’s on us to do something. We can’t just ignore the problem. It affects all of us.
It’s On Us is a National Campaign started by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014. The campaign seeks to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault in the first place.
“It’s On Us” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault, by inspiring everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it.
The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault isn’t just an issue involving a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which the rest of us also have a role to play. We are committed to creating an environment – be it a dorm room, a party, a bar or club, or the greater college campus – where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. This effort will support student-led efforts already underway across the country, and will focus particularly on motivating college men to get involved.
They have numerous PSA’s and celebrity endorsements, tips to be part of the solution, ideas for spreading the word on campus, and a pledge you can take to show your support.
On February 9, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Services wore orange to show their support of healthy teen relationships.
Show that you promote healthy relationships by using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2016.
Some of the reasons PBCVS wears orange:
According to the Family and Youth Services Bureau:
Wear Orange Day is February 9th — we encourage you to wear orange to show you support healthy teen relationships. Then post your photos online with the hashtag #orange4love
Respect Week is Feb. 8-12 #RespectWeek2016
#teenDVmonth is the official hashtag for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
On January 10, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Services partnered with area agencies in an outreach program targeting sexual violence toward children in Hispanic – Guatemalan -Mayan community. The Guatemalan population is one of the underserved and marginalized populations in our community and we are increasing efforts to bring awareness, education and advocacy to this community in efforts to provide services to a broader range of Palm Beach County citizens. Participating agencies included the West Palm Beach Police Department, the Community Response Team, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse/AVDA, EL SOL, Home Safe, Survivors, St. John Fisher Catholic Church, Total MD, Chrysalis Health, Mamas Saludables/Bebe and Center for Independent Living Options/CILO. There were 300 in attendance, including approximately 100 children.
This event was aimed at preventing children from becoming victims of sexual and/or physical abuse within their homes and in the community. Participants spoke with children and parents about healthy relationships and what are acceptable and unacceptable behaviors; legal versus illegal acts. Participants educated children on what a good versus bad touch is, and providing reading material (good touch/bad touch books) to children to take home. Food, games and prizes were provided as part of the event. Reading material was given to the adults to educate them and potentially prevent an offender from offending and prevent a child from becoming a victim.
Comments from some of the participants were: “This was our first day at this church. We’re so surprised to find such an outreach and blessed to have picked today to attend!”, and “How can I reach you?” “Where do I call for more information?”
The success of this event goes directly to the dedicated people who went beyond the call of duty. Our goal was to reach into the Guatemalan community to build trust, establish relationships and position ourselves to be welcome to step in with resources, education and training. Job well done!
January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month
The Human Trafficking Coalition of Palm Beach (HTCPB) held a meeting to review how our County can begin to raise awareness in 2016.
For more information about Human Trafficking, please see The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s website: