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brothers will be brothers…

June 4th, 2009 Comments off

Very well written, insightful piece released by the NSRC (National Sexuality Resource Center) on their website [update September 6, 2012: the NSRC site is no longer available; we are looking for another source for this text] by Nicholas L. Syrett (professor of history at University of Northern Colorado University): Bros Before Hos: College Fraternities and Sexual Exploitation.

Professor Syrett does a very good job of putting fraternity behavior in historical and cultural context. This piece is a must-read for anyone doing prevention work.

My thanks to Amy Benfer of the Broadsheet at Salon.com for bringing this article to my attention (and for offering a very good overview of the salient points).

4 teens charged as adults in locker room sexual assault case – CNN.com

June 4th, 2009 Comments off

Via CNN, a FL case that is eerily reminiscent of a WI case from over two decades ago (around the time that I first joined MSR). It’s cases like these that serve as stark reminders that when we say “sexual assault” we’re not just talking about sex, and we’re not always talking about female victims.

It’s also very instructive that the victim in this case did not come forward to report. Turns out there are reasons why someone who has been assaulted might not necessarily want to shout it from the highest hill. Perhaps male on male assault can teach us something about male on female perpetration…

4 teens charged as adults in locker room sexual assault case – CNN.com.

Study: Abuse, provocative images increase Internet risks for girls – CNN.com

May 26th, 2009 Comments off

Interesting article via CNN.com regarding a study on previous abuse experience being a factor in girls receiving unwanted sexual attention online.

A good study that I support being done, though I worry that there is a risk here; though the article does note:

One significant factor that helped decrease the risk to girls was the presence and influence of caregivers, the authors found.

It also falls back on one of the typical statements about female behavior:

That risk is tied not just to an avatar, but to the overall image a girl projects online, they say. On sites that don’t use avatars, such as MySpace or Facebook, simply compiling suggestive photographs or narrative descriptions can increase girls’ vulnerability, they say.

… without examining or commenting on the behavior of males online – ie: that females open themselves up to this type of attention, but that the attention itself is expected and “normal” apparently.

Perhaps that’s the next study? Let’s hope…

Study: Abuse, provocative images increase Internet risks for girls – CNN.com.

SC House removes mention of gays in date-abuse bill

May 21st, 2009 Comments off

According to the Associated Press (via Google news), the South Carolina legislature – well, the House at least – voted to pass a bill that promotes violence prevention in the schools while simultaneously barring the mention of gay and lesbian relationships.

Apparently, proponents of the bill are following the same logic of the anti-gay-marriage movement: not only is marriage between one man and one woman, but “traditional domestic violence” occurs between men and woman only. 

I’m glad the article includes a statement from the national spokesman for Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays, Steve Ralls. He said:

“We are astounded that there are those who would prioritize their own homophobia ahead of the safety of the young people of South Carolina.”

Couldn’t agree more. Let’s see if the S.C. Senate can redeem their state image by killing this bill in committee.

The Associated Press: SC House nixes mention of gays in date-abuse bill.

My thanks to the folks at Prevention Connection for tweeting this…

Houston, they have a problem: rape victims forced to pay for evidence

May 8th, 2009 1 comment

Interesting piece by Channel 2 KPRC in Houston, TX about victims of sexual assault who are being denied payment of medical costs associated with collecting evidence, even though there’s a state crime victims fund set up for just that purpose, that appears to have plenty of cash in it… Text story, and link to video segment linked below:

Rape Victims Forced To Pay For Evidence – Houston News Story – KPRC Houston.

 

06/02/’09–Addendum: thanks to MHeald who posted the comment below about a clarification written by the director of TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault), which is worth a read:

http://taasa.org/blog/?p=1024

52 Days of Domestic Violence Flu in America

May 5th, 2009 Comments off

 

Very good piece written by Casey Gwinn, an attorney who works with the Family Justice Center Alliance in California.

 

52 Days of Domestic Violence Flu in America – Family Justice Center Alliance.

The Economic Impact

May 5th, 2009 Comments off

 

My thanks to the folks at Prevention Connection [http://www.preventconnect.org/display/displayHome.cfm] for passing along the link to a recently released report “Hidden Costs in Health Care: The Economic Impact of Violence and Abuse” from the folks at the Academy on Violence & Abuse [www.avahealth.org]. The report can be downloaded in PDF.

I haven’t yet read the report in full, but I believe it demonstrates what those of us who work in the violence prevention movement know: that beyond the immediate impact of intimate partner violence there is costly long-term fallout and health implications. My thanks to the folks at AVA for this important work.

Male Survivors – research project

April 20th, 2009 Comments off

Forwarding this on with permission – Tim Strait of Sonas Behavioral Health LLC, which is based on the West side of Madison, is conducting a research study for male survivors:

New research study for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Study
approved by university review board to guard your confidentiality, safety
and dignity. Male researcher will be asking you questions about work,
co-workers, job changes, and so on. Researcher is licensed mental health
professional. 

Please respond in complete confidence via this ad.

If you know of interested parties, please have them contact Tim at straittb@charter.net.

BBC NEWS : Women at war face sexual violence

April 19th, 2009 Comments off

Very well-written article, adapted from a new book by Helen Benedict on the experiences of women serving in the Iraq war.

The passage that stood out so starkly to me was this quote:

“I was less scared of the mortar rounds that came in every day than I was of the men who shared my food.”

Of course, with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in full swing, the timing couldn’t be better.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Women at war face sexual violence.

MSR podcast – episode 1 – audio only

April 9th, 2009 Comments off

As I mentioned, for those who don’t want to see my mug, here is the audio-only version of the podcast…

MSR podcast