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Archive | Domestic and Sexual Violence

Football, violent crime, and our hero worship

Over the last few days, I’ve been sent the New York Times’ latest interactive article on campus sexual assault several times. The article details the error-filled investigation of a rape reportedly perpetrated by star freshman quarterback – and Heisman trophy winner – Jameis Winston. People are (rightfully) outraged and disgusted that Florida State University and […]

It’s time to start calling ‘domestic’ violence what it really is

I’ve never liked the term “domestic violence.” I associate “domestic” with air travel, wine, and my home. For decades we’ve been creating softer, gentler language to define social problems. Culturally, we do this to distance ourselves from things we don’t want to imagine experiencing. In this manner, we invalidate the severity and importance of what […]

Stand up, step forward

Today marks the launch of Stand Up, Step Forward. Watch it. It could save a child’s life. In 2012, almost 50 percent of contacts with Maine’s sexual assault support programs were from or about someone who experienced sexual violence under the age of 18. Because child sexual abuse is so under-reported, we cannot determine the full […]

Spruce Run – Womancare Alliance, others walk to end abuse

Photo by Aimee Thibodeau Advocates, victim-survivors and area residents young and old, gathered Thursday for a walk through downtown Bangor in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Decked in purple, the color of domestic violence awareness efforts, participants of the third annual event wound their way through lunchtime crowds, starting and finishing at West Market […]

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