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The University of Washington is conducting an online, international survey of men who have attended an event or events related to preventing violence against women, or who are engaged in violence prevention work in an on-going way. This survey is available in English, French and Spanish.

If this describes you, they would love to learn from you!  Please consider visiting the survey at the link below – your experiences and insight are very important.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • Learn more about what brings men to violence prevention events and longer- term violence prevention work
  • Hear what men think about these events, and how they are impacted by participating
  • Learn what might encourage more men to get involved in ending violence against women

They are interested in hearing from men who have attended a single violence prevention event AND from men who have been working on the issue of violence against women for any length of time.

To learn more about the survey and how to participate, click here:

You can also learn more about our project here:  http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/social-work/mmvp-international-survey

September 25, 2013

The National Organization for Women is proud of the work Montana NOW has undertaken to remove Judge G. Todd Baugh from the bench by filing an official complaint with the Montana Judicial Standards Commission. Baugh has come under intense scrutiny after sentencing a middle-aged teacher to only 30 days in jail for the rape of his 14 year old student, Cherice Moralez; Moralez later committed suicide.

Montana NOW, along with allied organizations UltraViolet and MoveOn.org, have collected 140,000 signatures on a petition demanding Judge Baugh be removed. A separate letter written by Montana NOW President Marian Bradley - and co-signed by survivors of sexual assault -- has received 346 signatures.

Members of the National Organization for Women from all over the country stand in solidarity with the women and men fighting for justice for Cherice Moralez and all victims of sexual violence.


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Study Confirms that LGBT Teens Are at Higher Risk of Being Victims of Dating Violence

A new study on teen dating violence has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts. Transgender teens are especially vulnerable.

Analyzing data from their larger study, “Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying,” researchers at the Urban Institute provide one of the first examinations of dating violence and abuse through the distinct lens of sexual orientation and gender identity. Of the 3,745 youth in 7th to 12th grades, in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey surveyed in the study, six percent identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Of the LGBT respondents,

  • 43 percent reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual youth.
  • 59 percent reported emotional abuse, compared to 46 percent of heterosexual youth.
  • 37 percent reported digital abuse and harassment, compared to 26 percent of heterosexual youth.
  • 23 percent reported sexual coercion, compared to 12 percent of heterosexual youth.

Read the full study “Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying.”

As reported by the National Institute of Justice newsletter.

I trustedcoverWill be released on October 1, 2013 as a FREE downloadable ebook at www.foboko.com

Authors: Jennifer Smith and Cherry Tigris, Copyright Paradise Publishers

Book Description: Methodically documents the months and days leading up to the gruesome murder of Anna Lynn Hurd, a murder that no one in the small town of orthern St. Paul, Minnesota could have seen coming, or could they? Unfortunately, for Anna Lynn Hurd, her family, and friends, there were plenty of warning signs that went unnoticed as many brushed off teenage volatility on the part of her boyfriend, as just regular teenage angst. While plenty admit to witnessing his jealous outbursts, few took them seriously and sadly, some would unknowingly fuel the fire that wound up costing Anna Lynn Hurd her life.

In Anna Lynn Hurd's case, her boyfriend's attempts to control her are disguised by his pleas to spend every waking second with her. In some cases, Anna could not even go to the bathroom by herself because of her boyfriend's irrational fear that she was texting someone else. In this thought provoking inside look at teen dating violence, "I Trusted Him: The True Story of Anna Lynn Hurd," readers quickly realize that the truth is a matter of perspective in this "could be anywhere" town in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Denim DayApril 24, 2013 is Denim Day - Dia de la Tela vaquera Denim Day is a rape prevention campaign that takes place every year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The first Denim Day was organized in 1999 by Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to building communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. The day grew out of 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. You can also create your own multilingual outreach tools to share on social media pages. For more info and obtain a toolkit go to http://shop.peaceoverviolence.org/

To obtain a copy of Arte Sana No hay excusas para violar image and other images and go to their Gallery at http://arte-sana.com/images_gallery.htm

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