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$8,000 in Scholarships to be Awarded in June 2012

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is offering a unique opportunity to help domestic violence survivors rebuild their lives. Through its GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship program, the organization will award eight, $1,000 scholarships in June 2012 to fund survivors' academic pursuits. The scholarship application deadline is March 30, 2012. For more information about the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship and to apply, go to http://www.gfwc.org/gfwc/Domestic_Violence_Awareness_Program.asp

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The Super Bowl is one of America's largest sporting events, and also one of the largest sex-trafficking events. Thousands of girls, many under-aged, will be brought to Indiana for the game on Feb. 5, 2012. Theresa Flores, founder of Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P) says that major sporting events like the Super Bowl generally have more men in attendance who are visiting from a different city, and often do things they wouldn't normally do at home. This creates a demand that "traffickers and pimps are there willing and waiting to supply," she said. Because of this, about 150 volunteers for S.O.A.P. are heading to Indiana before the event to pass out soap at Indianapolis motels. The group travels to high demand sports events that bring in lots of people (mostly men) to an area, such as Super Bowls, PGA tournaments, Kentucky Derby, Basketball playoffs, Indy 500, World Series, Hall of Fame week, etc.

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The Pixel Project’s Valentine Against Violence campaign is an uplifting campaign that celebrates love and healthy relationships in line with the Valentine’s Day season while raising funds for the cause in a way that is easy on donor/supporter pockets especially in these tough times!

This annual campaign features a love song specially selected for its positive message which the global audience can download during the month of February for their listening pleasure and personal inspiration.

That song is our musical “Valentine” against Violence Against Women.

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Data Reported on Rape Will Better Reflect State Criminal Codes, Victim Experiences

On January 6, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape, which will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide. The new definition is more inclusive, better reflects state criminal codes and focuses on the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape.

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Today, November 30, 2011, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

First championed in 1994 by then-Senator Biden, VAWA transformed the nation’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault. VAWA has provided funding to states and local communities to develop specialized law enforcement units, provide services to victims, and improve prosecution of these crimes. Since the passage of the Act, the annual incidence of domestic violence has dropped by more than 50%.

While tremendous progress has been made, violence is still a significant problem facing women, men, families, and communities. Three women die every day at the hands of husbands or boyfriends. Domestic violence causes two million injuries a year to women and untold amounts of human suffering. Domestic violence shelters are still full, hotlines are ringing, and for every victim who has come forward, many more are suffering alone. And it’s the nation’s youth who are most at risk – young women between the ages of 16-24 suffer from the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault.

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