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No More Week 2017


“Be a part of NO MORE Week, our annual grassroots activation, March 5th-11th, to raise awareness and funds to help end domestic violence, sexual assault AND abuse (DV/SA).


— all information courtesy of NoMore.org



Audrie & Daisy

Audrie & Daisy premires on Netflix September 23

“Two different girls sexually assaulted on two different nights, in two different towns. Audrie & Daisy takes a hard look at the issues faced by America’s teenagers who are coming of age in the new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.”



Women’s Self Defense Class

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UF Linebacker Stops Rape

University of Florida linebacker stops sexual assault outside bar


Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a Gainesville bar.

Cristian Garcia told First Coast News he was taking out the trash from the bar where he works security early Thursday when he noticed a couple having sex. He initially thought it was consensual, but then noticed the woman was unconscious. Garcia said the man’s friends were watching the assault, and did nothing to help.

Garcia, a junior walk-on who plays linebacker for the Gators, said he and a fellow bouncer Leroyea Simmons Jackson walked up and stopped it.

Gainesville police later arrested 34-year-old Christopher Shaw and charged him with sexual battery of the 19-year-old victim.

“The girl was basically unconscious, so I knew there was no way she could be giving consent,” Garcia told the paper. He was jailed in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

Garcia told News4Jax he grabbed the man by his shoulder.

“I said, ‘Get off her! Get off her!’” he told the station. “And he was like, ‘Mind your business.’ I yanked him one more time. He got off. Then he got aggressive with me.”

Police said Shaw ran away from Garcia and Jackson, but he was caught later and officers were able to identify him from a video shot by a bystander, the station reported.

Police said the woman told investigators in a hospital interview that she didn’t know Shaw and that she tried to push him away but kept losing consciousness. Police said she was intoxicated.

this article courtesy of FoxNews.com

The Butterfly House

Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is a freestanding forensic exam facility in Palm Beach County maintained by Palm Beach County Victim Services. Opened in 2011, it has been the go-to facility for many of the forensic exams in Palm Beach County. The site features an exam room, an interview room, and supplies to make the evidence collection process more comfortable. Exams are performed by our SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses with a victim advocate present for support. 


On December 7, 2011, Nadia Sorocka of the Sun Sentinel featured this article:

“Wellington Regional Medical Center is now home to Palm Beach County’s first comprehensive sexual assault response care center.

On Dec. 1 State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto along with Palm Beach County Victim Services and hospital officials had a ribbon- cutting ceremony and tour of the center called the Butterfly House, which is located outside the Emergency Room.

The Butterfly House is the result of a year-long effort of Benacquisto and Victim Services to secure funding and a location for the service center.

“We made sure this project was looked after and that funding stayed in place,” Benacquisto said.

The center is expected to greatly improve response to victims’ needs with the ultimate goal to provide coordinated crisis response, improve medical and mental health treatment of rape victims and enhance the evidence collection process, according to Palm Beach County Justice Services and Victim Services staff.

“Every victim in Palm Beach County will be brought here,” Benacquisto said. “So a victim can heal and have the tools they need to love, grow and spread their wings again.”

By centralizing and coordinating dedicated teams comprising law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and medical providers, there will be a more effective response to crimes of sexual assault. The medical staff at the Butterfly House, which is under the direction of Dr. David Soria and head nurse Joan Franklin, has undergone extensive training to better understand collection of forensic data, Soria said.

“In the past the process was inadequate and impaired the healing process,” he said. “We are ready to address the needs of these patients without the discomfort and delay of being in the ER.”


A link to the original article can be found here:



Additional articles on the Butterfly House include:

The Town Crier YouTube video

Count-E-Line news article

Unacceptable Acceptance Letters

This video was shared with CAN from the Green Dot Campaign. They stated “This is excellent marketing for Live the Green Dot…our kids need protection at every University…one Green Dot at a time…and it all starts with the Acceptance Letters! They need to be informed “before” they get to college so they can truly experience the good things college has to offer them…and not always worry about what lurks not only in the shadows…but in the light. As they said, “it’ll be someone you know!” Go to https://www.livethegreendot.com/ for more information!”

Youth Summit

SBB substance abuse coalition

Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition held a Youth Summit at Palm Beach Lakes High School on April 23, 2016. Survivor Action Team member, Ashley Foster, spoke with the students about her assault and healthy relationships. Advocates and a therapist were present at the summit from Palm Beach County Victim Services to tell the students about the Start By Believing campaign. After students learned about the campaign and took the pledge, they signed a poster. This poster was presented to the Substance Abuse Coalition’s Alexa Lee on May 18th at the monthly CAN meeting.

Start By Believing

Victim Services and SART Promote National Campaign

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to promote the campaign locally, members of the Palm Beach County Victim Services’ Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) office, located at 4210 North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach, decorated a field with 642 flags. This figure is the total number of new sexual assault victims assisted through advocacy and/or therapy over the past year.

Victim Services employees inscribed “We Believe” on the fence surrounding the field. Start By Believing is the newest campaign supported by Palm Beach County. It is a program through End Violence Against Women International with the goal of changing the way we respond to sexual assault in our communities.

Sadly, most victims do not come forward to report the crime for various reasons, including associated stigma and fear of not being believed. Because of this, awareness regarding reporting options and availability of help is greatly needed. The Start By Believing campaign is trying to shift the community’s thinking to one that does not blame victims for their assault.

Changing our response to sexual assault is important because according to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, only 18% of forcible rapes are reported to law enforcement. If victims feel they will be believed and supported, it is more likely that they will report to police or request services.


Soul of America Radio

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Join Reverend J.R. Thicklin every Monday Night from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm for his Weekly Radio Show “Hope & Healing: A Journey to Wholeness” at 9:00 PM EST, 8:00 CST, 6:00 PST log in at www.soulofamericaradio.com or listen in and call in at (323) 784-9638. Join us for an Informative, Empowering Discussion. You don’t want to miss this compelling show.
Tune in on Monday, April 25th for ” Domestic & Sexual Violence: I Survived to Win”, as survivors share their stories of coming out, coming through and the victory that they now experience. Joining the panel is Sharon Daugherty, Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator for Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center. She will be discussing services for survivors and the Start by Believing Campaign. You don’t want to miss tonight’s show!  We invite you to listen in. We welcome questions and comments during the show. Please share this and invite others to listen in!

Media Coverage – Victim’s Rights Week



On April 10th, 2016, WPTV News Channel 5 aired coverage of the 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Crime Victims Rights - channel 5

Click here for the video