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Friday, April 13th, 2007
11:07 am
[daisychic82]
Survivor support through research
Hi all,

My name is Jen and I'm a 24 yr old survivor of sexual victimization. I was 11 years old at the time and for 12 years of my life I was in denial about my assault because I believed that my family knew and didn't want to talk about it; thus, that it did not happen. However, I learned last year, that was not the truth. The truth was that my uncle had lied to my aunt as well as the rest of my family. Since that time I have been in therapy and learned a lot about myself.
Currently, I am a graduate student at Walla Walla College in Washington, studying Social Work. My goal is to be a Clinical Social Worker specializing in sexual victimization. That being said, my other purpose in posting (besides being a survivor) is to request participants to help me with my research (it is a requirement for me this year). I am studying sexual assault and the reporting practices of the victims. I have posted my survey online on surveymonkey.com and all data that I collect is anonymous, I won't know who answered and who did not. I will tell you that some of the questions are very personal; however, I believe that they are necessary for my research. After I have collected the data and analyzed it, I hope to use the information to develop better prevention and support for victims of sexual assault.
If you would like to participate by taking the survey, the website is

Click here to take survey



Thanks to everyone for reading this as well as those who participate!

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, April 7th, 2007
11:13 am
[rdlght]
Dear Group,
Please excuse the misspelling of little katelynn's link
Here is the correct spelling.  I am sorry for any inconvience. Thank you.

Sugar and spice and everything nice.

This is suppose to every little girls life.

What happens when life is not like that?

What if your life is filled with constant abuse by the people who suppose to protect you?

For little Katelynn of Indiana, her life is filled with this from a father, stepmother and father's family; everyone but her the relatives that love her have been deined the ability to see her.

What happens when the police will not stop this?

Than try Child Protection Service, but they will not stop this either.

The next thing to do is go to the court.

What would you do if the Child Protection Services and the court helped the abusers hurt her?

The media might work but they ignore majority of average people.

In this search for help, several politicians ignored or said stop bothering them.

If these people will not help little katelynn than who will?

Will this little girl have to pay the ultimate price for these adults mistakes?

Now, what will you do?!

This is Indiana's Shame and these are Teardrops for Katelynn


referral sources:

www.courageouskids.net

Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation :: Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories Aired on PBS http://www.mkacf.org/BreakTheSilence.html

Breaking the Silence
http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20051019/CLW50819102005-1.html
http://www.tatgelasseur.com/pages/bts.html

Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A NATIONAL CRISIS
http://www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org/ 



Petition for Justice for Katelynn:
http://www.gopetition.com/online/5918.html 




Don't let these little abused children be abused in silence anymore, please.

Tell someone!

Demand answers!

Demand the children's truth!

Above all break through this silence for theses abused childrens sake!

No adults rights is greater than the right of the child to be safe!

****Please don't forget us!****
Friday, January 26th, 2007
12:52 pm
[rdlght]
Trigger
What would you do?

Sugar and spice and everything nice.

This is suppose to every little girls life.

What happens when life is not like that?

What if your life is filled with constant abuse by the people who suppose to protect you?

For little Katelynn of Indiana, her life is filled with this from a father, stepmother and father's family; everyone but her the relatives that love her have been deined the ability to see her.

What happens when the police will not stop this?

Than try Child Protection Service, but they will not stop this either.

The next thing to do is go to the court.

What would you do if the Child Protection Services and the court helped the abusers hurt her?

The media might work but they ignore majority of average people.

In this search for help, several politicians ignored or said stop bothering them.

If these people will not help little katelynn than who will?

Will this little girl have to pay the ultimate price for these adults mistakes?

Now, what will you do?!

This is Indiana's Shame and these are Teardrops for Katelynn


referral sources:

www.courageouskids.net

Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation :: Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories Aired on PBS http://www.mkacf.org/BreakTheSilence.html

Breaking the Silence
http://sev.prnewswire.com/entertainment/20051019/CLW50819102005-1.html
http://www.tatgelasseur.com/pages/bts.html

Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A NATIONAL CRISIS
http://www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org/

Petition for Justice for Katelynn:
http://www.gopetition.com/../5918.html

Don't let these little abused children be abused in silence anymore, please.

Tell someone!

Demand answers!

Demand the children's truth!

Above all break through this silence for theses abused childrens sake!

No adults rights is greater than the right of the child to be safe!

****Please don't forget us!**********
Monday, January 15th, 2007
7:02 pm
[ilusnuffles]
http://community.livejournal.com/toronto/5308373.html

I can't believe it. A woman politely asked a poster to put a triggering post behind a cut with a warning, and she was attacked by trolls, community members, and eventually banned by the moderators. I am appalled beyond words.
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
10:17 am
[elena23]
I thought this might be of interest to some.

I've been writing some essays on domestic violence in my journal.

Today's entry is here: http://elena23.livejournal.com/512013.html
Monday, November 6th, 2006
5:27 am
[jae1202]
men?!
I'm really excited and a lot nervous too. I work at a DV shelter and a few months ago our program decided to hire men to work in direct service positions. Well, the time has come and our first male advocate starts today. He's only part time, for now. I know that some (probably all) of the women are going to have an issue with this. I know that some of our crisis callers won't want to talk to him.

So what I'm wondering is, do any of your programs have men working directly with DV/SA survivors? Where you there for the change? How did it go? Were there any problems that you didn't forsee? What has the feedback been from your clients?

Thanks for helping me prepare for this.
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
7:40 pm
[elena23]
I like it when the bad guys aren't so bright...
So, as I'm walking out of the courtroom today, escorting the man I arrested for Aggravated Stalking, his attorney tells him, "Don't make any more statements to any detectives. Tell them you have an attorney." (His original statement to me got his case bound over to superior court.) Just as we get outside, he turns to me and says, "Doesn't my girlfriend look just like *******" (* = the name of the man's wife, whose TPO he violated for the Agg Stalking charge). It makes me feel much better when they make my case for me.

I've been back to work now (after returning from maternity leave) for about a month. Our county gets around 30,000 domestic violence calls each year, so it's an intense job for a DV detective. Our county just established a Domestic Violence Unit in the police department in January of 2006. I've been working in it since the beginning, but was on light duty due to my pregnancy. Now that I'm back, I'm on full duty. I can honestly say this is one of the most challenging positions that I've had in the department. For every arrest we make and every victim we convince to testify there are two more who we cannot get to prosecute. But I feel that we're really making a difference, and I enjoy my job very much.

Just felt like speaking up, since things have been quiet.

Current Mood: busy
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
1:57 pm
[finstergrrrl]
Monday, May 8th, 2006
4:59 pm
[en_particulier]
Introductory Post
Hi, I'm new to the community. I love what you are doing. I have a question. What avenues can one take in bringing awareness to a public figure that is a somewhat-admitted pedophile, and whom I know for a fact has had graphic sexual chats with teenage (under 18) girls. The person to whom I am speaking of is Elijah Blue Allman, Cher's son and singer in the band Deadsy. Here are the lyrics of one of the band's songs:


la la la la la la

oh itsy bitsy titsy girl
where are you
oh itsy bitsy titsy
said our love was true
oh my itsy bitsy titsy
so young and so unused

now itsy bitsy titsy
plays a mean hop-scotch
as she does her little ditty
I can stare at her crotch
oh my itsy bitsy titsy
little queen of double dutch

now itsy bitsy titsy girl
where are you
oh itsy bitsy titsy
with those eyes so blue
oh i love how itsy bitsys
little blouse is so see through

so itsy bitsy titsy
now your off to camp
but I bet
those itsy bitsy undies still are damp
I'll be waiting for September
in the playground outside
your class

now itsy bitsy titsy
quit when i wasnt through
I found a place to keep her hid
where nobody knew
now my itsy bitsy titsy
lights up all of my afternoons

oh itsy bitsy titsy
as I came she blew
still she doesnt hold
her candle to her black
silk suit
as she clutches itsy bitsy titsy
now we're three from two


any opines on what avenues one could take in raising awareness about this guy? most of his fans are pretty young and naive, and I am curious if anyone would like to help me shut him down. thank you.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
4:34 pm
[broadwaybitch]
Hey Amazing women and men,
Im participating in Operation Freefall this year, which is a fundraiser for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
Basically, we get people to sponsor us to go skydiving and take a 2000 foot stand against violence.
It would help me out immensily if you could check out my support page and help me out if you can. It would mean a lot to me, and you would be helping people desperatly in need ot support.
http://www.firstgiving.com/rachaelstern
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
5:06 am
[xtinystudx]
*This is cross posted from my personal journal because I think it's relevant to this community. If it's not, please delete it. *

I just woke up from the most horrible dream and I don't want to close my eyes again for a while, so I decided to document it. It has made me realize that
A) I should not read true crime before bed.
B) Spending my professional time dealing with DV/SA is going to affect me in profound ways I haven't even thought of yet. This is the first time it's infiltrated my dreams in over 9 months of working.

NOTE: This could be triggering around issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, kidnapping, horrible-ness. Please read cautiously and practice self care.

Read more...Collapse )
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
2:36 am
[xtinystudx]
not too active but...
so i know there aren't a whole lot of posts in here, but i joined anyway and wanted to introduce myself.

i'm heather, i'm a 21 year old senior in college studying social work. i'm a crisis line/advocacy volunteer at a sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy center and i'm about to being an internship with our youth program coordinator, learning how to be an advocate for the children caught in these situation and also how to manage a group of YA volunteers.

i hope to be able to use this community to debrief about clients/callers and also about the agency i work for.

thanks for having this community!
Sunday, December 11th, 2005
11:00 pm
[msukitten31]
Survivor Becoming an Advocate
I was wondering if it is advisable for a survivor to become an advocate. I am already a peer educator on my campus and we dedicate a whole semester to sexual violence, especially with the problem "Take Back the Night." This is my second time being raped, as it was this past October and I'm just now going into some kind of therapy or counseling. I'm scared and I don't exactly feel like myself, but at the same time, I want to be able to do something to help others and to help prevent this from happening to other people.
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
3:06 pm
[robert1er]
Rape Crisis Center/Domestic Violence Shelter Relief
We at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) would like to send our condolences and support to those affected by Hurricane Katrina which destroyed parts of the Gulf Coast of the United States. We have been in contact with our sister sexual assault coalitions in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, and are aware of the massive devastation in those regions.

Communication is completely down in most areas and local rape crisis centers are struggling to reach staff and family members. Reports of sexual assaults in evacuation shelters are already coming in, and the need for advocates in this area is crucial. Domestic violence shelters, already strained for resources, are completely overwhelmed.

Natural disasters are likely to trigger emotional reactions in victim/survivors from previous traumas, such as those experienced from sexual assault and/or domestic violence. While other charities and organizations are doing their part to help everyone affected, we would like to send our resources directly to sexual assault and domestic violence groups operating in the affected regions.

Right now, our sister organizations are seeking monetary funds to assist in their efforts to relocate victims and staff to safer locations, provide food, water, and clothing, and transport advocates from surrounding states to places in need.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation through our secure PayPal website or by check made out to CALCASA (designated to “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line) as a means to send your care and support to our sister coalitions in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. These coalitions will be distributing these funds to their local rape crisis centers to assist displaced victims/survivors and/or staff, repairs or rebuilding efforts, food, supplies, etc.

Thank you for your generosity and support of our sister organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Your support is greatly appreciated!




Saturday, March 19th, 2005
1:06 am
[alias_faith]
UCLA Child abuse awareness week April 18th-21st

Hi everyone.  I wrote about this week earlier.  However, this time I was wondering if anyone would be at all interested in speaking for as little or long as you want about your life.  We really want to get a wide range of perspectives  so people can get a better understanding of the issue.  I know its called "child abuse awareness week" but I feel that all types of abuse are important and should be discussed more, otherwise people will forget that all forms of abuse are real and current issue.  It would be on Tues, April 19 from 7-8:30 pm.  I would speak but I still get far too emotional about the topic.  Thanks. 

Sincerely,
Michelle
 
x-posted
Monday, March 7th, 2005
11:58 pm
[alias_faith]
in need of ideas...
So my name is Michelle. I am a current undergrad at UCLA and I suffered abuse from the hands of my "father" for 16 years. In school I am part of a group called Project MAC (we tutor and mentor abused/neglected kids). There will be a week in April that will be dedicated to child abuse/domestic violence and we need help coming up with events for each day. So far we know we want speakers one day, another day we want to screen the movie called "searching for Angela Shelton." but other then that it is still up in the air. Any help or comments would be much appreciated.
Has anyone heard of Take back the Night or know a school that does that. I've heard it mentioned many times but I dont know whats its about or what events they have?

thanks for reading

x-posted
Wednesday, February 16th, 2005
5:07 pm
[therealbird]
Presentation brainstorm
Hello advocates,

I'm a nursing student (and advocate), and I'm giving a presentation to my pediatric group on what happens when it comes to light that a child's been sexually abused/assaulted (in California).

Which topics do you think are especially important to touch on?

So far, I'm thinking:
-mandated reporting--do any of you know if nursing students are mandated reporters?
-Signs/symptoms/red flags
-normal sex play for each age group
-How sexual abuse affects the child as s/he grows up, lifelong issues, etc
-the forensic exam
-role of law enforcement, social workers, advocates
-common reactions, feelings of the family. How to support the family as a unit
-court process, what happens to perp, etc

Am I missing anything? Any more ideas? Any really cool resources to direct me towards?

One more thing: Do any of you know about the Jeanette Prandi Children's Center in Marin County, CA? Is it still operating? The website, http://www.jprandichildrencntr.org seems to be down.

Thanks for your help!
Friday, February 11th, 2005
2:13 pm
[_electric]
please join kiddie_rights & fight against child abuse ♥

(this is not meant to be "spam" and if it isn't allowed in this community, i apologize & im sure the mod will delete it)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
4:22 pm
[cindymarie]
Hum... it seems that people don't post in the community very often. The last job ad I posted has been filled, and now there is another job open (the job of the woman who got the other job actually). If anyone is interested in living in wonderful Columbus, Ohio and interested in this type of work - consider this position. The organization, SARNCO, is wonderful with a very nurturing staff.

The email I received about the position...Collapse )
Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
8:41 am
[cindymarie]
Hello. I'm new to this community and just wanted to introduce myself. Currently I'm living in Columbus, Ohio and volunteer with the Sexual Assult Responce Network of Central Ohio as a rape advocate in the emergency rooms. And, well, I'm not sure if this is an approprate place for this, but I just got an email from our director about a job position on the Ohio State Campus working with REPP (Rape Education and Prevention Program) for an Advocacy Program Coordinator. If any one is interested in knowing more about this, let me know!
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