April 28, 2016
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) draws to a close, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) would like to thank our colleagues who advocate for survivors of sexual violence, and address the myth that sexual assault and domestic violence are completely separate issues.
Although the majority of rape victims are assaulted by someone who is not a current or former intimate partner, victims of domestic or dating violence are often sexually violated by their abusive partner as a tactic of abuse. “Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, people whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed.”  Unfortunately victims of domestic or dating violence who are raped by their abusers face biases and barriers when they talk about or report the crime; they often resist even acknowledging forced sex as the crime that it is.
This dynamic is even more pronounced for survivors who face multiple forms of oppression. Members of the LGBTQ community may fear heterosexist backlash in reporting sexual violence, especially if the perpetrator is a current or former partner. Communities of color, in which boys and men have disproportionate rates of law enforcement contact and incarceration, may not support women reporting a man from the community to police, even if she is a member of the same community. If assaulted by a current or former partner, she faces betrayal by her partner as well as pressure not to report the crime.
There exists a natural intersection between the work of domestic violence advocates and sexual assault advocates, with many serving victims of both. There are layers of social attitudes that impact the tolerance of physical and sexual violence. Together, advocates can address a system of cultural beliefs that perpetrators may not be to blame for their actions and that survivors could have somehow prevented the violence that was done to them. Standing together, we can better support all survivors.
 Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D, Domestic Violence and Abuse, available at http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm
April 25, 2016
WomensLaw, a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), invites you to join our upcoming bilingual webinar series on Preparing Victims for Civil Court.
April 18, 2016
In September 2014 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched It's On Us, an education based campaign focusing on sexual assault prevention and awareness on college campuses, by advocating a cultural shift around the way sexual assault is addressed.
April 14, 2016
You are probably familiar with it, or at least have heard of it—street harassment: the unwanted catcalls, sexually explicit and sexist comments, and homophobic slurs; the leering, staring, and stalking; even flashing, groping, and assault. Street harassment is an everyday occurrence for many; it is invasive, disempowering, dehumanizing, and often embarrassing. Street harassment is scary, and needs to be stopped. During Anti-Street Harassment Week the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes the need to create safe streets for everyone.
April 13, 2016
April 10-16, 2016 marks National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, sponsored by the Office of Victims of Crime. This year’s theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope., highlights how important it is that advocates build relationships and rapport with the survivors we serve.
April 12, 2016
It’s time to stop sidelining the issue of pay inequality. The wage gap between working women and men in the United States continues to perpetuate inequality. According to statistics released in 2012 by the United States Census Bureau, women are paid, on average, 78 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid.  Equal Pay Day, observed this year on April 12, represents how far into 2016 the average woman must work in order to earn what white men earned in 2015.