Towards Thriving Cover

October 4, 2018

For many survivors of sexual assault and trauma, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony to the Judiciary Committee about her sexual assault by Judge Kavanaugh has triggered painful personal memories. Dr. Blasey Ford testified that the experiences of the sexual assault “have been seared into my memory and haunted me episodically as an adult.” Not surprising to any advocate, she was “100%” certain that the person who assaulted her was Judge Kavanaugh.Advocates too, many who are survivors, have been affected by the testimony and the confirmation hearing process – from exhaustion and feelings of being overwhelmed from reliving their own or others trauma to anger at the wildly implausible statements of Senator Mike Crapo and others that Dr. Ford was sexually assaulted, but just not by Judge Kavanaugh to a profound sadness at the devaluation of women in the highest institutions in our country.

Practicing self-care is important in these challenging times. Encourage your advocates to ask themselves and survivors: What do I need right now? Do any small thing that can bring you joy to themselves – talking with a friend, spending time outside, or slow breathing with movement, or ground themselves through meditation. Another grounding exercise for your advocates or survivors is to name five things you can see in a room, four things you can hear in the room, three things you can touch or feel, two things you can smell and one good quality about yourself.

It is also helpful to gather as a staff to acknowledge the cultural moment and to share concerns. As a program in your community, this is also an important opportunity to share tips with your local media for both survivors on the importance of self-compassion and suggestions for parents in talking to their children.
Finally, taking action to change the direction of our country can be affirming.

Please call Senator Crapo (202-224-6142) and Senator Risch (202-224-2752) today. Share that you believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and a no vote on Judge Kavanaugh is the only way forward. Survivors deserve better. Our country deserves better.

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence: #BelieveSurvivors

We believe Christine Blasey Ford. We believe Deborah Ramirez.
We believe Julie Swetnick. We’ve always believed Anita Hill.
#BelieveSurvivors

Tomorrow, the Senate is expected to take a procedural vote (cloture) to move forward on the vote to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The final vote on his nomination is expected early Saturday evening. Everyone is predicting is will be very close.

While no one from the public has access to the FBI investigation, we know the White House failed to instruct the FBI to interview additional witnesses including Dr. Blasey Ford, Julie Swetnick, and Kavanaugh himself. We are not satisfied with this investigation. However, we do know that Brett Kavanaugh does not have the character or temperament to be our next Supreme Court Justice.

But even before allegations of sexual misconduct came to light, we had joined the National Task Force to End Sexual Violence (NTF) in opposing Kavanaugh based on his record on a range of issues including healthcare and reproductive rights.

Brett Kavanaugh is not the judge our nation needs.
We deserve leaders we can respect.

Call your Senators and tell them to vote no on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Senators Manchin (D-WV), Moore Capito (R-WV), Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and Flake (R-AZ) especially need to hear from advocates and survivors!

Call senators now and Friday at: 202-224-3121

Join us on twitter: @endsxlviolence

What we’ve been doing:

  • Helping bring survivors from key states to DC to meet with senators and join in rallies.
  • Coordinating a press call with trauma experts in the wake of Rachel Mitchell’s problematic memo.
  • Working with the NTF on a statement condemning victim blaming by Senate leadership and the President’s mocking of Dr. Blasey Ford.
  • Talking to press about impacts on survivors.
  • Tweeting.

Ebony will be in the gallery during key votes this weekend to represent us as we’re all
standing up for survivors across the nation!
Thank you for all you’re doing to support survivors and end sexual violence!

Terri Poore, MSW
Policy Director
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

2018 Domestic Violence Counts Census Deadline Extension!

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is working to gather surveys from domestic violence programs across the United States and territories to create a one-day snapshot of the services provided to survivors and their children. The information from this Census is used to highlight state-specific needs and barriers and informs our work with our policy makers to ensure that national funding is recognizing the needs of programs such as yours.

Thank you to all of you who have already submitted your data. For those who have not yet submitted- it’s not too late!

The deadline for submissions has been extended to October 15th, 2018! Please click here to submit your survey data.

Please feel free to email me at yara@engagingvoices.org with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for all you every day do to support survivors in Idaho!


Yara Slaton
yara@engagingvoices.org

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Accessing SASP Emergency Funds

As a reminder, we would like to highlight the availability of SASP emergency assistance funds. These funds are allocated to provide support to individuals impacted by sexual assault.

Funds may be accessed by our member programs: those who receive SASP funds, as-well-as program members who do not currently receive SASP funds.

We also know that many victims of sexual assault interact with agencies working with individuals with disabilities, with culturally specific agencies or with LGBTQ organizations. These organizations may reach out to you looking for support and resources, please know that organizations who are not member programs, may also access these funds when looking to provide emergency support to individuals impacted by sexual assault.

Emergency assistance requests may be made directly to, Lacey. Each request will be evaluated to determine that it fits within the SASP priority areas and eligibility requirements. After approval, reimbursement will be made directly to the provider for the individual.

Emergency assistance may include, but is not limited to: counseling, medical assistance, rental or employment assistance, civil legal assistance or other approved expenses related to the victimization.

If you have any questions regarding the SASP Emergency Assistance Funds, please contact Lacey.


Lacey Sinn
lacey@engagingvoices.org

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Training & Events

Webinar: Generational Poverty and Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar
Thursday, November 1, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 PM ET | 2:00 – 3:30 PM CT | 1:00 – 2:30 PM MT | 12:00 – 1:30 PM PT

The Transitional Housing Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, in partnership with the Center for Survivor Agency & Justice, is excited to announce the upcoming Generational Poverty and Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar.

This webinar will introduce the intersection between generational poverty and domestic violence, and highlight unique challenges and barriers faced by survivors who are also experiencing poverty. Presenters will discuss the findings from CSAJ’s Racial and Economic Equity for Survivor’s Project, along with other research and innovative practices, and how it can be used to enhance survivor centered economic advocacy. Presenters will also engage attendees in exploring needs and exchanging innovative practices to address the ways bias and inequity show up in our work and as survivors navigate safety.

Webinar objectives:

    Participants will understand how domestic violence can impact an individual’s economic status.
  • Participants will be more aware of institution and structural racism that impact poverty.
  • Participants will learn about resources they can utilize to incorporate economic advocacy with survivors into their work.

Click here to register.


A Coordinated Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence
Sponsored by the Bannock County Domestic Violence Court

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 & Friday, November 16th, 2018
8:45 AM – 4:45 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM on both days.

The Red Lion Hotel
1555 Pocatello Creek Rd
Pocatello, ID 83201

Who should attend this free two-day training event: Judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, attorneys, victim witness coordinators, victim advocates, probation officers, treatment providers, evaluators, mental health providers, health care professionals, social workers, students and anyone who supports a coordinated community response to intimate partner violence.

  • November 15, 2018- Criminal Justice Focus: Topics will include: Predominant Aggressor; Responding to Strangulation; Offender Accountability and Treatment; Responding to Children in the Criminal Justice System, Idaho Risk Assessment of Dangerousness; Stalking and Technology
  • November 16, 2018- Community Response Focus: Topics will include: Recognizing Bias in DV Response; Systems Generated Risks; Stalking and Technology; No Contact Orders and Civil Protection Orders; Health Implications of Intimate Partner Violence; Working and Enhancing the Safety of those Victimized by Violence; Domestic Violence Court Overview and Panel; Post Separation Violence
  • All training hours of the conference have been approved for Idaho Supreme Court Domestic Assault and Battery Evaluators. POST, Idaho State Bar CLE, and Counselor credits are pending. A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of each day.

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