May 24, 2018
Not surprisingly, many, if not most, state coalitions and domestic and sexual violence programs are comprised of staff who have experienced trauma specific to domestic and sexual violence and/or have staff from historically marginalized communities who have experienced trauma rooted in generational systemic oppression. Anti-violence organizations need to build our own internal capacity to create trauma-informed, healing, and culturally responsive organizations.
We encourage you to read the recently released National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Organizations An Organizational Reflection Toolkit. This is a comprehensive tool for organizations serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. Its purpose is to support organizations in their efforts to become more accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed in their approach and services. The tool draws from a number of different perspectives – from the voices and experiences of survivors, advocates, and clinicians; from the insights of social and political movements; and from research and science/neurobiology. It addresses internal organizational culture – from staff supervision to financial policies to our programming.
We want to continue find ways to meaningfully support and work with colleagues and survivors who have experienced trauma and systemic oppression – there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the key is to remain patient and flexible.
Women in general make far less than men, white women statistically make 80 cents for every dollar that a white man earns. The average working Latina wage gap is even wider, Latina women only make 54 cents for every dollar that a white man earns. In Idaho, Latinas are disproportionately impacted by low incomes, economic stress, and poverty. Compared to non-Hispanics, Hispanics in Idaho have higher unemployment and poverty rates. In 2015, median earnings for full-time, year-round workers was $28,410 for Hispanic males and $23,314 for Hispanic females, compared to $46,779 for Idaho’s non-Hispanic males and $32,606 for non-Hispanic females. There is also a strong correlation between the economic status of Latinas and the most common occupations, all of which are considered traditionally feminine or gendered occupations. Latinas are more likely to work in occupations that pay less, with one in three employed in service occupations, compared with one in nine among white non-Hispanic women. To address the risk factors of low income, economic stress, and poverty, the CDC identified comparable worth policies as a strategy to strengthen economic supports for families and increase economic stability of women with the potential to decrease IPV. In addition, there is a national initiative solely focused on bringing awareness to this pay equity gap, Latina Equal Pay Day will be on November 1st, 2018. For more information on how you can help create awareness please check out these resources:
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From “No Means No” to bystander strategies, advocates, educators and activists have made significant progress in engaging our communities in preventing rape and sexual assault. Currently, these efforts are often centered on conversations regarding consent. At the Idaho Coalition, our work to engage men and boys in ending sexual violence frequently includes a dialogue about consent as a means of staying proactive and promoting positive male behaviors. While this work has been somewhat successful, I would invite those of us who work with men and boys to broaden our approach while exploring other horizons as well.
Leading with consent education can begin with a potentially harmful assumption that men and boys “just don’t understand” and we can inherently teach the problem away. While the concept of consent may be unclear to some, this thinking may land as an excuse for some men’s behavior. As one young man recently told me, “you can’t just logically explain to a man why he should respect his partner’s choices.”
We now know that new information alone is unlikely to change an individual’s behavior. In addition to educating men, we should also be engaged in the work of engaging men’s hearts. We live in a culture which devalues women, girls, and individuals who are gender non-conforming. Interrupting this belief in men and boys could be central to our work. I believe we could invite men into a sexuality with both accurate information about consent AND the heart skills to see all genders in their full humanity.
One of the most significant challenges to consent education is men’s (and human’s) frequent resistance to any set of “rules.” When we frame consent in this way, I think we miss a great opportunity motivate men from a much deeper place. When my young nephew grows into adulthood, I hope his motivation to respect his partner comes from his heart, not only his mind.
I encourage all of us, especially myself, to look back at the history of our work to end sexual violence and move boldly into new strategies. Much gratitude to each of you working to invite all men and boys back into their better selves, regardless of your approach. You are my people.
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During my time working with young people, I have been inspired by the ability and deftness of young people to dissect the world around them. They are able to hold the gravity of issues that mobilizes them into action. Young people have always been capable—they have been at the forefront of every single social movement from the Civil Rights Movement, to #NODAPL, and March for Our Lives.
In the Civil Rights movement we saw how the determined Little Rock Nine lead us boldly into an emerging new world. Daisy Bates, Arkansas NAACP President in 1957, had hand-selected the Little Rock Nine because they were up for the perilous task to begin de-segregating schools post Brown V. Board of Education.
In the #NODAPL movement, young Native Americans jumpstarted a movement that began a national conversation about building a sustainable pathway for the future, and understanding the connections between land, water, and people.
In the March for Our Lives Movement, we have witnessed the tenacity of young people and their resilience, to again see a world that is possible–a world where everyone can feel safe, valued, and loved. It is critical that we are supporting them at every moment, every opportunity. More importantly, we must also be mindful that when we are advocating, we create space for, and mentor, those who are eager to lead and learn.
Our movement to end gender-based violence must include and give access to young people’s co-leadership. Our movement can only get stronger if we share wisdom and receive innovation. Engaging young people to lead and sustain issues that impact all of us is difficult—no one method will guarantee successful partnership because people are not a homogenous group. Each young, bold person willing to engage the world around them in hopes for a better one, deserves the chance and opportunity to co-create the world they live in.
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25th Annual Two Days in June Conference | June 7 – June 8 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | The Riverside Hotel in Boise
Two Days in June Conference is a two (2) day multi-disciplinary conference for professionals working in the area of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, investigations, interviewing, assessment, and neglect. Hosted by the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance.
Early registration is strongly encouraged. Fee includes all workshops; continental breakfast each day, refreshment breaks, and lunch on the first day. Early Bird Registration is $50 per participant. Late Registration is $100 per participant.
Register by clicking here.
2018 Boise Pride | June 15 – June 16 | Cecil Andrus Park The Idaho Coalition will have a booth at Boise Pride. Swing by to meet our staff and youth organizers, and learn more about the work we are doing. Booth Operating Hours are as follows:
Boise’s Pride has been an annual event since 1989! Most events are free and open to all ages. For more information on Boise Pride Fest, check out their guide.
Save the Date! September 12 – September 13 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Linen Building
On Wednesday, September 12th Dr. Janine D’Anniballe will present a day-long workshop on The Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Healing and Current Trends in Sexual Assault. Dr. D’Anniballe is a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert who specializes in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, vicarious trauma and treatment for survivors. Her expertise, professionalism, and presentation style have made her a highly sought-after trainer. Her workshops have been described as dynamic, inspirational, and impactful.
On Thursday, September 13th, Cat Fribley with the National Sexual Assault Coalition’s Resource Sharing Project (RSP) will provide a day-long workshop on sexual assault services in dual programs and more! As the Director of RSP, Cat provides capacity building training and technical assistance to state and territorial sexual assault coalitions, state SASP Administrators, rural grantees, and Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) project sites. In addition, she coordinates the national activities and events of the project. Cat has worked to end sexual violence for 20 years at national, state and local advocacy organizations. She has held such varied positions as SART Coordinator at a university-based rape crisis center, and Director of Training and Volunteers at a dual program. Cat trains on a broad range of sexual assault issues, with special interest areas including: survivors giving birth; healing sexuality; organizational trauma and resilience; organizational development; and LGBT issues.