Press Release - Audrie & Daisy Screening

Student Groups Screen Documentary & Host Talkback
Highlighting Sexual Assault

[PITTSBURG, KANS. – April 3, 2017] – Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) in coordination with Safehouse Crisis Center, the Tilford Group, Student Alliance for Gender Equality, and Gorillas in Your Midst present are hosting a screening of the urgent real-life drama, Audrie & Daisy, including a talkback panel with SafeBAE speakers featured in the documentary.

Audrie & Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), Audrie & Daisy — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

Jada Smith, Ella Fairon, and Charlie Coleman, co-founders of SafeBAE, will be featured on the talkback panel. Jada Smith, is the outspoken survivor who sparked the #JusticeforJada campaign. After Jada’s rape went viral she fought back, appearing on major news outlets, which ignited support from people all over the globe including celebrities such as Willow Smith and Gabrielle Union. Jada is still seeking justice and continues to advocate for sexual assault and cyber bullying prevention.

Ella Fairon took back her voice after her assault, and began to advocate for herself and other survivors of sexual violence. Ella founded the student group Buttervly, at her high school and led awareness projects and organized a Powder Puff Game called “Tackling Rape Culture”.

Charlie Coleman is known for his impactful contribution the acclaimed film Audrie & Daisy. He shows his incredible voice as both a brother of a survivor, an ally, a coach, and a mentor to young athletes. His previous experience speaking at schools has led him to want to reach as many young athletes as possible.

SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven campaign whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and student’s rights under Title IX. SafeBAE focuses on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to change peer culture, end harassing re-victimization, and advocate for consent and safe relationship education.

For more information, please contact Students for Violence Prevention (SVP) Student Coordinator, Caitlin Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SVP Advisor Ali Smith at 620-235-4831.

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Pittsburg State University
Overman Student Center
Contact: Ali Smith, Campus Victim Advocate
Phone: 620-235-4831
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Kansas Coalition Provides Services to All

KCSDV Provides Services to All, Regardless of Immigration Status

TOPEKA, KS – Recently, a domestic violence victim was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in El Paso, TX while seeking a protection order from her abuser. While not all details are known at this time, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence is very concerned about the implications of what this could mean for victims of domestic and sexual violence who have immigration concerns.

Many times, a victim who has the courage to come forward and ask for help has to overcome many concerns before reaching out but to add the fear of being deported makes this situation much worse for victims.

“The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence is responding to this threat to victim safety by disseminating helpful resources across the state for programs and victims.” says Joyce Grover, Executive Director of KCSDV.

Perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence will often use a victims' immigration status as a way to control them, intimidating them with threats of deportation and possible separation from children and other family members. Abusers often lie about what the government might do to victims, raising fears even when victims have legal status.

“The precedent set by this incident in El Paso charts a new course, one that appears to marginalize the safety of victims of violence”, says Grover. “We want everyone to know that safe services are available across Kansas. Advocates have and will continue to provide safe, confidential services to all victims of domestic and sexual violence regardless of immigration status.”

NNEDV Response to ICE Actions

NNEDV condemns ICE detention of immigrant victim of domestic violence. 

FEBRUARY 16, 2017 - In El Paso, TX, a victim of domestic violence was seeking an order of protection from her abusive boyfriend when she was arrested in court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, acting on a tip regarding her whereabouts. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) condemns ICE’s actions, and warns that the implications could be deadly for victims of domestic violence who are undocumented and fear reporting abuse.

“Today, ICE officers in El Paso confirmed our worst fears about the administration’s increased and aggressive tactics against immigrants – that survivors of violence will be further silenced and harmed,” said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO.

Perpetrators of domestic violence often use victims’ undocumented immigration status as a tactic of abuse – threatening to report them to ICE and have them deported, separating them from their citizen children.

“Victims of domestic violence have to feel safe coming forward for protection from abuse or countless victims will go deeper into the shadows, fearing deportation,” said Gandy. “Otherwise perpetrators abuse with impunity and our communities are less safe.”

NNEDV joins allies across the country in calling on the federal government to swiftly condemn ICE’s action in this case. Without swift condemnation from the Administration, this case may set a dangerous precedent and further silence and marginalize victims of violence. NNEDV urges the federal government and Congressional leaders to demonstrate their support for survivors of violence by keeping the pathway to safety unimpeded for all survivors.

KCSDV Press Release - Advocacy Day 2017

Advocacy Day at Capitol for Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs

For Immediate Release:  Monday, January 30, 2017

Contact:  Shannon Kennedy
KCSDV Communications Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
785-232-9784 ext. 335

TOPEKA, KS – February 8th, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will be hosting their 14th Annual Advocacy day at the Capitol. With over two dozen advocacy programs from across the state that focus on domestic and sexual violence, the attention will be focused on increasing awareness of issues of sexual and domestic violence in Kansas and the life-saving services that are offered across the state.

Advocacy Day will feature the Silent Witness Silhouette display on the 2nd floor Statehouse Rotunda. The Silent Witness Silhouettes are the stories of victims who lost their lives to sexual and domestic violence in Kansas by paying homage to their memory in full-size silhouettes accompanied by names and stories.

“We are always honored to have all of the Silent Witness Silhouettes in one place,” said Joyce Grover, KCSDV executive director. “This display provides a powerful impact and stands as witness to those that were victims of sexual and domestic violence in Kansas.”

There will be a program at 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor Rotunda. Speakers will include Joyce Grover; Laura Patzner, KCSDV Board President; and Jan Jones, Executive Director of Safehope in Newton.

Programs from across the state will also have displays on the 1st floor of the Statehouse.

Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence advocacy programs regularly serve more than 20,000 victims, respond to over 25,000 crisis hotline calls, and provide over 50,000 hours of crisis counseling annually. “It is our intent that Advocacy Day will educate policymakers and the public about the impact of this type of violence in Kansas”, said Grover.

The public is encouraged to attend. A Facebook event has been created at www.facebook.com/events/1221685001248512.

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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KCSDV Press Release - 2017 Prevention Conference

International Filmmaker and McArthur Fellow to give Keynotes at Topeka Conference

For Immediate Release:  Monday, January 23, 2017

Contact:  Shannon Kennedy
KCSDV Communications Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
785-232-9784 ext. 335

TOPEKA, KS – February, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will be hosting their second conference for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, focusing on ways to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

The conference is open is the public. Organizers intend for the material to be relevant to  anyone interested in finding ways to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

“Everyone has a role in preventing sexual and domestic violence.  It will take all of us to stop this violence” saysKathy Ray, Director of Advocacy, Education & Rural projects. “Our vision is that this conference provides a learning opportunity for anyone who wants to know more about what they can do to prevent sexual and domestic violence.”

With internationally recognized keynote speaker Jean Kilbourne and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer, the conference offers attendees the ability to learn about sexual and domestic violence and ways prevention is possible and also an excellent networking and learning opportunity for all those working to end sexual violence, domestic violence, and dating violence.

Jean Kilbourne is best known for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising.  Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.  In 2015, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Kilbourne is internationally recognized as an expert on addictions, gender issues, and the media.  She is known for her wit and warmth and her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides, that encourages dialogue, and that moves and empowers people to take action in their own and in society’s interest.

Attendees will be offered the opportunity to hear from Jean Kilbourne as the keynote speaker on February 6th at 10:30 am in the Regency East room in the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Topeka. The topic: The Naked Truth, reviews if and how the image of women has changed over the past 20 years. It encourages dialogue and discussion and a new way of looking at oneself, as well as one another. Kilbourne will be available for questions and press interviews after the Keynote session ends at 11:30 am.

Sarah Deer, J.D., will be the keynote speaker for the second day of the conference. Professor Deer is no stranger to working to end violence against women as she spent much of her undergraduate years volunteering as a rape crisis advocate in Lawrence, Kansas.  Sarah received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Philosophy from the University of Kansas and later attended law school with a focus on the unique legal issues facing Native rape survivors.  Deer joined the faculty of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2008 and is also an appellate judge for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals and the White Earth Nation Court of Appeals.  Professor Deer’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of tribal law and victims’ rights.

Deer is a co-author of three textbooks on tribal law. She has received national recognition for her work on violence against Native women and was a primary consultant for Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice campaign. Her latest book is The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America. She is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship and KU Law's first Langston Hughes appointment.

Deer will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday the 7th at 9:30 am in the Regency East room at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center. The topic: Sovereignty of the Soul: Sexual Violence in Native America will discuss why addressing violence against Native women requires extensive partnerships between tribal nations and community service providers. Deer will be available for questions and press interviews after the session ends at 10:30 am.

Registration is now open for this 2-day event packed with breakout sessions around topics of campus safety, finding information for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, how to use data to inform prevention practices, and exploring the complexities of culture, privilege, and oppression; just to name a few.  $150 gets you a ticket to both days (lunches and snacks included).

For additional resources to learn more about the conference or to register visit: www.kcsdv.org/partners-in-progress.

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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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, or call 785-232-9784.


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Press Release - Audrie & Daisy Screening

03-28-2017

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