Press Release - Kansas Denim Day April 29

Kansas Denim Day April 29

KDHE Working to Prevent Sexual Violence

TOPEKA, KS, April 15, 2015 – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recognizing April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month by participating in Denim Day on April 29. Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has been a symbol of support for victims of sexual violence and protest against the idea that a victim could cause their own rape.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime and 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey). In Kansas during 2011, nearly 1 in 10 women 18 years and older had experienced unwanted sex in their lifetime (2011 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).

“Sexual violence is a major public health issue. Kansas women who experienced unwanted sex were more likely to have diagnosed depression, diagnosed anxiety, self-rated fair/poor health and thought about taking their lives in the past year,” said KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier, MD, MBA. “If you have been a victim of sexual assault either by a stranger, acquaintance or an intimate partner, know that there is help.”

To find sexual and domestic violence help in your area, visit www.kcsdv.org or call the Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

If your organization would like to participate in Kansas Denim Day contact Laurie Hart, Kansas Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-296-8476.

KDHE’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program provides resources and technical assistance to communities and schools to assist in the development, enhancement and evaluation of local sexual violence prevention and education initiatives. For additional information on the Kansas Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program visit www.kdheks.gov/rpe.

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At KDHE, our mission is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Through education, direct services and the assessment of data and trends, coupled with policy development and enforcement, KDHE will improve health and quality of life. We prevent illness, injuries and foster a safe and sustainable environment for the people of Kansas.


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April 15, 2015
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Press Release - National Sexual Violence Resource Center recognizes leaders in sexual assault prevention

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski among 30 professionals
honored with national award

ENOLA, PA, April 6, 2015 – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, an expert in sexual violence prevention and response, announces 30 recipients of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award. The multidisciplinary group of honorees is selected for their outstanding work toward ending sexual violence. The Visionary Voice Award is presented annually by the NSVRC in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence. The award is presented to a wide range of industry professionals nominated by state, territory and tribal coalitions. This year’s award recipients include U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, and Circuit Court Judge John Threet of Arkansas. “We are pleased to honor these individuals for their commitment to ending the epidemic of sexual assault in communities across the country,” NSVRC Director Karen Baker said. “Sexual violence is preventable. We thank our Visionary Voice Award recipients for their important work in educating communities about the shared responsibility everyone has in preventing sexual assault.”

Here is a complete list of this year’s Visionary Voice recipients:

  • Justin Boardman, nominated by Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Stephanie Smith Bowman, nominated by Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • Suzanne Cassidy, nominated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Joanna Cifredo, nominated by District of Columbia Rape Crisis Center
  • Shelli Collins, nominated by Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Deborah Downing, nominated by Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
  • Donna Dunn, nominated by Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas, nominated by Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Theresa Fears, nominated by Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
  • Rachel Freeman, nominated by Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Amy Goldberg, M.D., nominated by Day One
  • Lawrence E. Hasley, nominated by West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services
  • Kiona Heath, nominated by Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Eva C. Jones, nominated by Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Jared Konecny, nominated by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Jessica Ladd-Webert, nominated by Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Christina Meneses, nominated by Missouri Coalition Against Rape
  • U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, nominated by Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Jennifer Nadler, M.S.Ed, nominated by New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • J. Basil O’Mallan III, nominated by Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
  • Kelly Parsley, nominated by Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Robin Phipps, nominated by Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Leah Prescott-Burgess, nominated by Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services
  • Ann Rausch, nominated by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Barbara Hough Roda, nominated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Nirvana Gonzalez Rosa, nominated by Puerto Rico Coalition Against DV and SA
  • Abby Tassel, nominated by New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Judge John Threet, nominated by Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Isa Woldeguiorguis, nominated by Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Kym Worthy, nominated by Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

To learn more about the 2015 Visionary Voice Award recipients, visit: nsvrc.org/saam/award

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Enola, PA 17025
Toll Free: (877) 739-3895
Phone: (717) 909-0710
Fax: (717) 909-0714
TTY: (717) 909-0715
www.nsvrc.org

 

Laura Palumbo, Prevention Campaign Specialist
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
877-739-3895, ext. 128; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) leads the U.S. in providing professional support to local and state anti-sexual violence organizations. The NSVRC collaborates with partners nationwide to create research-based resources that focus on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The organization has the nation’s largest library of resources on sexual violence and prevention. To learn more, go to nsvrc.org.

 

KCSDV Press Release - Visionary Voice Award 2015

National award honors Lawrence advocate as leader in sexual violence prevention

TOPEKA, KS, April 2, 2015 – April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In observance, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) annual Visionary Voice Award recognizes the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to end sexual violence.

Jared Konecny of Lawrence was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award by NSVRC in partnership with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). Mr. Konecny was one of 30 individuals across the country recognized for their efforts to address sexual violence and promote safe, healthy communities. Mr. Konecny, Community Advocate at GaDuGi SafeCenter, has advocated on behalf of survivors and to end sexual violence for numerous years. “Jared is a natural advocate. His compassion and level of support for survivors is exemplary and his impression on others is powerful,” said Chrissy Heikkila, GaDuGi SafeCenter executive director. “I am so proud of his accomplishments and I am honored to learn from his skills every day.”

When he started working at GaDuGi SafeCenter, Jared was the Outreach Advocate to rural and underserved communities. Jared worked with LGBT survivors, people living with disabilities who had been sexually assaulted, as well as other isolated survivors living in rural areas. While working with these communities, Jared presented information to families, groups, organizations, and survivors on an array of topics including healthy relationships, understanding consent, and how to respect one’s sexual and emotional boundaries. Currently, Jared works directly with victim-survivors as a community advocate through ongoing personal, court and hospital advocacy. Jared is a graduate from the University of Kansas where he received his bachelor’s degree in American Studies.

"“We are thrilled to have an advocate from Kansas being recognized nationally,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “Advocates like Jared are the heart and soul of this work to end sexual violence. I am confident Jared has positively impacted the lives of many survivors and we are so thankful for his dedication,” said Grover. KCSDV nominated Mr. Konecny for this year’s Visionary Voice Award.

Mr. Konecny will be presented with the award at GaDuGi SafeCenter’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2015 Kickoff Party event on April 2 from 11:30-12:30 at the Cider Gallery in Lawrence. 

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

The GaDuGi SafeCenter is a member of KCSDV and provides services to victims of sexual violence in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson county. Learn more at www.gadugisafecenter.org.

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, April 2, 2015

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KCSDV Press Release - Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Kansas Observes April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Topeka, KS, 4/01/2015 – The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) welcomes April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence is a heinous crime that does not discriminate. It affects women, men, and children of all backgrounds and economic groups in Kansas and across the United States. In Kansas, one rape is reported every 8 hours, 48 minutes. In over 82% of these reported cases the offender is known by the victim.

On average, in the United States, a person is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, with children and young adults being the most at risk of sexual assault. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reports nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives and nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence victimization in their lifetime. Equally disturbing, the national survey shows that those with food and housing insecurity are particularly at risk of sexual assault.

Rape and sexual violence also have long-term health consequences. Sexual assault victims can carry the physical and emotional trauma with them for years and many victims have increased health problems across their life spans. In addition to the immediate physical and emotional costs, the impact of sexual violence may also include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, depression, homelessness, eating disorders, and suicide.

"Sexual violence has broad, far-reaching impacts in our society and in our communities," said Joyce Grover, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. "It is time for us to think seriously about how we are collectively going to end this violence. We must both support victims as well as develop our prevention initiatives. Today, we are beginning to hear many people talking about sexual violence on our campuses and in the military. This is a good start," said Grover, "but sexual violence reaches far beyond those two institutions. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is the time to broaden our conversations and increase our knowledge. It’s on each of us to address this issue in our homes and in our communities."

KCSDV invites everyone to learn more about what you can do. Find a list of statewide events at kcsdv.org or check with your local domestic violence and sexual assault program about activities in your community. Join the conversation at facebook.com/kcsdv.

 

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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

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Presidential Proclamation - SAAM 2015

Presidential Proclamation -- National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2015

The White House - Office of the Press Secretary - For Immediate Release - April 01, 2015

NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION


As Americans, we each have the power to shape our country's course and contribute to the extraordinary task of perfecting our Union. For more than two centuries, progress has been won by ordinary citizens -- women and men who joined arms and marched toward justice. This month, we are once again reminded that we can change our culture for the better by standing together against the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and refusing to accept the unacceptable.

Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. Every year, too many women and too many men are sexually assaulted and abused. This is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end. Sexual assault harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most. For survivors, the awful pain can take years to heal -- sometimes it never does. When an individual's possibilities are limited by the scars of violence and abuse, our country is deprived of enormous potential. Sexual assault takes a collective toll on all of us, and it is everyone's responsibility not only to speak out, but also to take action against this injustice.

More than two decades ago, then United States Senator Joe Biden did both. At a time when many victims were stigmatized or left to suffer in silence, he authored the Violence Against Women Act, which would forever improve the way our country responds to sexual assault and domestic violence. In the decades since, our Nation has built on that progress. We have taken strides toward changing the way people think about sexual misconduct, making it clear that every person has the fundamental human right to be free from sexual assault and domestic violence.

Thanks to the work of advocates, community leaders, public servants, and courageous survivors who shared their stories, our Nation has come an incredibly long way. But from schools to military bases and throughout all communities in America, we must do more to end the crime of sexual assault. My Administration has made this a priority since day one, beginning with the establishment of the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. And we will keep fighting as long as it takes.

We have taken action to strengthen our criminal justice system, uphold the civil rights of victims and survivors of sexual assault, and ensure that all people can live free from sexual violence. Now in its second year, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault is helping schools live up to their obligations to educate students in safe environments. We continue to address the impact of sexual assault on persons living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. I have also made clear that violence and abuse have no place in the finest military this world has ever known. And last fall, we launched the "It's On Us" campaign to let people know everyone has a role to play in preventing and effectively responding to sexual violence.

It's on parents and caregivers to teach their children to respect and value others. It's on teammates, classmates, and colleagues to recognize sexual misconduct and intervene to stop it. It's on all of us to work for the change we need to shift the attitudes and behaviors that allow sexual assault to go unnoticed, unreported, and unpunished. During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, let us commit to being part of the solution and rededicate ourselves to creating a society where violence is not tolerated, survivors are supported, and all people are able to pursue their fullest measure of happiness without fear of abuse or assault.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2015 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to support survivors of sexual assault and work together to prevent these crimes in their communities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


BARACK OBAMA


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02-16-2015

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