KCSDV 18th Annual Advocacy Day
The purpose of KCSDV’s Annual Advocacy Day is to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence in Kansas and to educate the general public and public officials about this violence, its effects, and services available.
Advocacy Day Program (virtual) ● February 10, 2021
“Serving Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence During a Pandemic”
On February 10, 2021, KCSDV held its 18th Annual Advocacy Day Program. Usually held in the Statehouse Rotunda, this year’s program was held virtually.
Each year at our Advocacy Day Program, we honor those who have lost their lives to sexual and domestic violence in Kansas and are reminded that this violence can impact anyone and affects #SomeoneYouKnow.
This year’s program featured a facilitated panel discussion on the impact of the pandemic on victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families, and adapting Kansas victim advocacy services during the pandemic.
Guest panelists included:
- Joyce Grover – Executive Director, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)
- Jennifer Hecker – Executive Director, Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Hays
- Amanda Meyers – Executive Director, Wichita Family Crisis Center, Wichita
- Julie Donelon – President and CEO, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Kansas City Metro
- Heidi Wooten – President and CEO, Safehome, Overland Park
Watch our virtual Advocacy Day Program:
Local Kansas victim advocacy programs met with their public officials to provide information and education on sexual and domestic violence and services provided in Kansas communities.
Awareness e-Campaign ● February 1 – 5, 2021
KCSDV sent daily awareness campaign emails the week before Advocacy Day with helpful facts and information about sexual and domestic violence in Kansas.
Monday, February 1, 2020 – Domestic Violence
Tuesday, February 2, 2020 – Sexual Violence
Wednesday, February 3, 2020 – Stalking
Thursday, February 4, 2020 – Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Services
Friday, February 5, 2020 – Impact of the Pandemic on Sexual & Domestic Violence in Kansas
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Silent Witness Silhouette Project
The Silent Witness Silhouettes are life-sized, retractable displays with silhouette images of a person. Each Silhouette represents the story of a Kansas victim who has lost their life to sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking. They were family members, friends, co-workers, and members of their Kansas communities.
Their stories remind us that this violence often occurs at the very point they were trying to leave their abusers, protect their families, or merely live their lives.
The Silent Witness Silhouette Project seeks to raise awareness about the impact of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking in Kansas by honoring victims who have lost their lives to this violence.
Throughout the year, the Silent Witnesses travel throughout Kansas – to communities large and small – to raise awareness at trainings, community presentations, events, and other awareness-raising activities.
Once a year, at KCSDV’s Annual Advocacy Day event, all of the Silent Witnesses stand together in the Kansas Statehouse Rotunda. While that is not possible this year because of the pandemic, they still serve as a stark reminder that this violence impacts the lives of many Kansans – sexual and domestic violence can impact anyone and affects #SomeoneYouKnow.
Visit our virtual Silent Witness Silhouette Display:
The myths about sexual and domestic violence are a pervasive part of our society. Beliefs in these myths impact people’s understanding of the violence, how it works, and who the victims and perpetrators are.
Many believe this violence only happens to certain types of people, in certain parts of town, or only in big cities. This isn’t true. Sexual or domestic violence can happen to anyone, in any place, and from any background. While you may not think that this kind of violence has touched your life, statistics prove that sexual and domestic violence impacts “Someone You Know.”
- In 2019, nearly 70,000 people received services from Kansas sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy programs.
- Domestic violence: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Learn more about domestic violence.
- Sexual Violence: 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men were victims of contact sexual violence at some point in their lives. Learn more about sexual violence.
- Stalking: 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point in their lifetime. Learn more about stalking.
KANSAS CRISIS HOTLINE: 888-END-ABUSE | 888-363-2287