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Palm Beach County’s Division of Victim Services & Certified Rape Treatment Center has received a five-year, $625,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health to implement the Green Dot Strategy. Palm Beach County was one of 13 applicants in Florida to be selected for this competitive grant.
Implementation of the Green Dot Strategy in Palm Beach County will include bystander mobilization training with Palm Beach County employees designed to empower the everyday citizen to stop a potentially dangerous situation before it escalates to violence. The tasks are typically simple in nature, and may end up saving someone’s life.
The Goal is that within five years, all County employees will be trained on how to implement the Green Dot Strategy using the knowledge and tools to reduce eliminate instances of power-based personal violence in our community. The ultimate goal is that by year 2021, Palm Beach County is living the Green Dot.
The Green Dot Strategy, developed by Green Dot, Etc., is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention, with the ultimate goal of preparing organizations and communities to execute a strategy that consistently and measurably reduces power-based, personal violence. Power-based, personal violence includes sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and bullying.
Palm Beach County Employees… “Live the Green Dot”
For more information on Green Dot visit www.livethegreendot.com
Each message was written by a sexual assault survivor – these journals will be given to sexual assault victims by their advocate after their initial meeting at the Butterfly House. Julie shared that someone gave her a journal after her assault. It helped her organize her thoughts and keep track of her memories. She has also donated some beautiful pendants to be distributed; the pendants remind the survivors to Be Strong. We are so thankful and blessed to have a beautiful person such as Julie who cares and does so much the sexual assault victims in our County – she is truly an amazing one of a kind person!!
SANEs play a vital role in our community by providing victim-centered, trauma informed nursing care to victims of sexual assault while also collecting evidence and working with the judicial system to bring perpetrators to justice.
Palm Beach County Victim Services has a team of nine SANEs who are on call 24/7 to provide sexual assault forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault. PBC SANEs have responded to over 240 victims of sexual assault this year.
In celebration of Forensic Nurses Week 2016, PBC SANEs were recognized with a certificate of appreciation, a personalized portfolio and a SANE hand-bag during a lunch and learn event on November 10, 2016. One SANE described the event by saying, “Being appreciated and gaining invaluable education at the same time, all while brainstorming with other local SANEs–couldn’t ask for a better Forensic Nurses Week! Thank you!”
On October 26, 2016, Palm Beach County Victim Services held the Domestic Violence Tea Talk event at the South County Courthouse. Victims of Domestic Violence were invited to mingle and snack on tea sandwiches & treats while listening to a panel of professionals share their own experiences and knowledge about violence.
(Photo features panel participants, Marla Galindez of PBSO and Amber Ahern of the Link Coalition)
Undercover Colors is a new line of nail polish that can detect common date rape drugs such as Rohypnol (roofies) and ecstasy in drinks. If you’re wearing the polish, you can simply dip your finger in your drink and stir. If the polish changes color, that means there are drugs present in your drink. That means women have a discreet way to keep themselves safe—and get help fast if they discover someone has tampered with their cocktail.
Undercover Colors was invented by four N.C. State University engineering students. Their goal is to “invent technologies that empower people to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.” Money is still being raised to release the prototype to the general public.
“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught,” the founders explained on the Undercover Colors Facebook page. “In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors.”
— information courtesy of simplemost.com
Our biggest project would be in April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We will be unveiling a new event – Healing through the Arts. More information to come…
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Put Yourself in Her Shoes™
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.
First You Walk the Walk
There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women.
Then You Talk the Talk
It’s critical to open communication about sexualized violence. While hidden away, sexualized violence is immune to cure. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with men’s sexualized violence against women don’t want to know it exists. It’s ugly. People that have experienced sexualized violence themselves want to forget about it. How do you get people talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And if it’s already happened, how do you help them recover.
— information courtesy of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes