WRIR 97.3 FM Announces It’s Spring 2015 Fund Drive: Live Music and Great Local Talk

wrirpicWRIR Announces Live Music for April ’15 Fund Drive

Who: 97.3 FM WRIR
Where: 1621-B W. Broad St., Richmond, VA (above The Camel)
When: Friday, Apr 10 through Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (air times below)
What: 15 live music performances, including rock, folk, R&B, pop and more
Why: Richmond Independent Radio 97.3 FM WRIR’s $35,000 Spring Fund Drive

RICHMOND, VA. / Non-commercial WRIR broadcasts more live music than any other Richmond radio station, and this April is no exception. This spring, most of WRIR’s live broadcasts will emanate from the station’s brand new Studio C, a live broadcast facility made possible by donations and grants and scheduled for completion this week. Local favorite Goldrush is scheduled to kick off WRIR’s spring fund drive from Studio C between 3 and 5 p.m. April 10. The station’s goal is to raise at least $35,000 to meet operating expenses.

Band April ’15 Time* WRIR Program Genre
Goldrush 10 Fri 3 p.m. Pop Goes the World Pop
Fat Spirit 10 Fri 7 p.m. Time Is Tight Lo-fi Post-punk
Spirit Winds 11 Sat 6 a.m. InterTribal Native American
Kings 12 Sun 3 p.m. The Other Black Music Old School R&B
sb&c 12 Sun 11 p.m. Cosmic Slop Electronic
Lobo Marino 14 Tue 3 p.m. Wide Ear Folk Folk
Whiskey Shivers 14 Tue 7 p.m. Edge of Americana Breakneck Bluegrass
Transitones 15 Wed 7 a.m. Breakfast Blend Classic Pop
Afro-Zen Allstars 15 Wed 3 p.m. Global A Go-Go Ethiopian Jazz
Queer Rocket 16 Thu 5 p.m. Activate Punk
The Green Hearts 17 Fri 3 p.m. Pop Goes the World Power Pop
Paper Fleet 17 Fri 7 p.m. Time Is Tight Brooklyn Rock
Shadow Age 17 Fri 9 p.m. What the Fontaine?! Dark Wave
Mighty Joshua 19 Sun 5 p.m. The Motherland Influence Reggae
Ben Shirley 21 Tue 3 p.m. Wide Ear Folk Singer Songwriter
Time* program starts. Band starts gen. + ∽ 30-50 min.
Virginia Center for Public Press President (and WRIR DJ) Jesse Oremland noted, “WRIR fund drives are about much more than just raising money for the station. Hundreds of members of the community walk through the studio doors, and some hang out for a while to hear live music and mingle. The introduction of Studio C is going to make the spring 2015 fund drive extra special. It’s really gratifying when people get what we’re doing and want to help us continue.”

WRIR broadcasts underrepresented music, news, and views to provide a platform for cultural diversity in Richmond. The station conducts two on-air fund drives each year, and listener contributions are the station’s main source of income. Contributions pay for studio equipment for local news and music programs, national programming license fees, rent, and utilities. To support WRIR 97.3 FM, listeners may donate online at wrir.org, call the station at 804-622-9747, or visit the studios at 1621-B West Broad Street (on the south side of Broad, just west of Lombardy Street).

97.3 FM WRIR began broadcasting on January 1, 2005. In 2009, WRIR received a Richmond Community Service Award for outstanding commitment and service to the community from Richmond City Council. In 2010, Paste Magazine named WRIR “one of the 40 best little radio stations in the U.S,” and, for four years running, Style Weekly readers have selected WRIR as Richmond’s “best local radio station for music.” The station’s broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week from studios in Richmond’s Fan District and is heard in and near the City of Richmond, Virginia and worldwide at wrir.org. For more information about WRIR and the station’s programming, visit wrir.org or contact Matt Zoller at matt.zoller@wrir.org.

Unique prevention programs in middle schools

Carol talks about successful prevention programs in two schools systems.

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Need to find a local sexual assault or rape crisis center near your school?  Look at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance List of Member Agencies to find local centers.


Virginia and National Training Opportunities

Basic and Continuing Advocacy Training through the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
trainingBasic and Continuing Advocacy Training offers advocates and staff of Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies as well as allied professionals and community members a foundation to learn and practice many of the skills necessary to provide effective, trauma-informed responses to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. The Basic Advocacy Trainings (BAT) are scheduled to be held in Richmond, VA, while the Continuing Advocacy Trainings (CAT) will be held at locations around the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you would like to bring a BAT or CAT to your region, please visit our website and make a request.
All BATs and CATs are $45 and the fee includes materials and lunch. Don’t forget to use your member discount code when registering. Not a member?  Become one here. The 2015 codes will be provided when memberships are renewed at the beginning of the year. If you have questions about how to receive your member discount, please contact us at training@vsdvalliance.org or get in touch with your staff liaison as assigned.
Upcoming trainings include:
Technical Assistance Calls & Webinars
These TA calls are free for member agencies of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action
Alliance. The calls will be from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (unless otherwise noted). Click on the title to register and receive call-in information.
Upcoming Webinars – click on the title to register and receive information on how to access the webinar. The webinars will be from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).


Training from End Violence Against Women International 

One of the most common requests we receive is for resources associated with the neurobiology of trauma, and the implications for trauma-informed interviews, investigations, and prosecutions. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the training and technical assistance resources we offer in this area.
Webinar on Neurobiology
We are delighted to offer a 90-minute webinar given by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault. It is available for free in our webinar archives, so it can be accessed at any time.

Participants will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and its application to victims of sexual assault. By exploring how trauma affects victims’ emotions and behavior, special attention will be given to examining how the brain processes and recalls traumatic events. This will help law enforcement personnel and other professionals recognize how these concepts can be applied to sexual assault investigations and prosecutions – with the goal of improving both victim well-being and case success.
Along with the audiorecording of the webinar, we provide the slides in PDF format, with either 3 slides per page or 1 slide per page. A transcript of the webinar is also available, along with the responses to chat questions submitted by webinar participants. These questions were adapted for a general audience, and responses were co-authored by Sgt. Archambault along with EVAWI’s Research Director, Dr. Kim Lonsway.
Webinars on Victim Interviewing


Also available is an archived webinar by Russell Strand, entitled A Paradigm Shift: The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI). This webinar provides information on the neurobiology of trauma and the implications for successfully interviewing sexual assault victims.
We also have an archived webinar on Effective Victim Interviewing, presented by Roger Canaff and Joanne Archambault. While it does not specifically address the neurobiology of trauma and its implications, valuable guidance is provided for successfully interviewing victims of sexual assault with an eye toward criminal prosecution.
Published Articles
Another helpful resource is a short article written by Dr. James W. Hopper entitled, “Why Many Rape Victims Don’t Fight or Yell.” It appeared in the Washington Post on June 23, 2015, and provides an excellent and accessible summary of the neurobiology of trauma and the implications for victim behavior during a sexual assault.

Dr. Hopper also co-authored an article with Dr. David Lisak, entitled: “Why Rape and Trauma Survivors Have Fragmented and Incomplete Memories.” This article was posted on Time.com, and it also provides a detailed yet accessible explanation of how trauma can impact behavior and memory. The article draws helpful parallels to the scenario where a police officer is “suddenly staring at the wrong end of a gun.”
Online Resources
In the Best Practices section of our website, there are a variety of Resources as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the neurobiology of trauma and trauma-informed approaches.  For example, FAQs include the following:

  • Is there any kind of test to determine whether there is an increase in certain neurochemicals as a result of experiencing trauma?
  • Are the processes involved in the neurobiology of trauma affected by mental illness or other mental health issues? Are they affected by drugs or alcohol?
  • Are there studies about the neurobiology of trauma resulting from domestic violence? Is it similar to the effects of sexual assault? Are the implications the same for conducting interviews with victims of intimate partner violence?
  • Are there any experts who can testify about the neurobiology of trauma and the implications for victims of sexual assault?
OLTI Module on Victim Interviewing
We offer an OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) module onInterviewing the Victim: Techniques Based on the Realistic Dynamics of Sexual Assault. This module was written in 2007, and although we made updates in 2013 we have not yet incorporated information on the neurobiology of sexual assault and trauma-informed approaches. Nonetheless, we recommend this training module, because it offers hundreds of pages with detailed information on topics such as:
  • Strategizing an interview approach based on case facts
  • Preparing for heightened effectiveness and avoiding common pitfalls
  • Establishing rapport and building a relationship of trust with the victim
  • Gathering information to support a successful investigation and prosecution
  • Closing the interview and following up with the victim

For victims who have a disability, even more detailed guidance is provided in the OLTI module on Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against Victims with Disabilities.

The only section of the Victim Interviewing module that requires caution at this point is the topic of Cognitive Interviewing. There are certainly some valuable lessons to be learned from that approach, and there is a body of research supporting its use for certain purposes, but we caution that it should not be adopted wholesale for use with sexual assault victims. When we update that module and incorporate information on trauma-informed approaches we will reduce that content and frame its utility in somewhat narrower terms (e.g., recalling specific facts, events, details).


Other State and National Training Opportunities

Realities of Shelter Life Part 2 July Webinar Series. $20 per webinar, discount for multiple registrations. Hosted by Olga Phoenix.

National Children’s Advocacy Center – Virtual Training Center. Various free online training opportunities.

Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System. July 23. Free. Hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training. July 14-17. $475. Las Vegas, NV. Hosted by the National Institute of Crime Prevention.

Safety Net’s 3rd Annual Technology Summit. July 27 – 30. San Francisco, CA. Early Bird Registration: $375*Standard Registration: $475; * Early bird registration ends June 29, 2015. Hosted by the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Community of Responders: A Holistic Approach to Working with Immigrant Survivors of Abuse. July 29-30. New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
This two day training is open to advocates, attorneys, family law attorneys, law enforcement, and prosecutors, funded through the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), STOP, Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV), Rural, and Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies (GTEAP). All other grantees and grant partners must receive prior approval from their OVW Program Specialist to attend this training. Registration is limited to 100 persons for this event; attendees may be limited to two attendees per organization. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis once we have received complete applications.

Enhancing the Campus & Community Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A Team Approach. Free. Hosted by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Monday, August 31, 2015 – Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — Hampden-Sydney, VA Wednesday, September 2, 2015 – Thursday, September 3, 2015 — Williamsburg, VA

National Sexual Assault Conference. September 2-4, Los Angeles, CA, $475 and up (transportation, lodging, and most meals not included), Hosted by CALCASA, NSVRC, and PCAR {Scholarships available}

reposted from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance  and End Violence Against Women International 

New Campus Sexual Assault Laws in Virginia

Today’s show is about the new sexual assault laws going into effect this month across Virginia.

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HB 1785. Campus police departments; sexual assault reporting. The law requires that mutual aid agreements between a campus police force and a law-enforcement agency require either the campus police force or the agency with which it has established a mutual aid agreement to notify the local attorney for the Commonwealth within 48 hours of beginning any investigation involving felony criminal sexual assault occurring on campus property or other property related to the institution of higher education. The law also requires institutions of higher education that have security departments instead of campus police forces to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a law-enforcement agency that requires similar notification to the local attorney for the Commonwealth.

HB 1930/SB 712. Institutions of higher education; reporting acts of sexual violence. The law requires any responsible employee of a public or private nonprofit institution of higher education who in the course of his employment obtains information that an act of sexual violence has been committed against a student or on campus property or other property related to the institution to report such information to the Title IX coordinator for the institution as soon as practicable, who must in turn report such information to a review committee that is required to meet within 72 hours of the receipt of such information. If the review committee determines that disclosure of the information regarding the alleged act of sexual violence is necessary to protect the health and safety of the victim or other individuals, the information, including personally identifiable information, must be reported to the law-enforcement agency responsible for investigating the alleged act. In addition, the law requires the governing board of each public or private nonprofit institution of higher education to (i) establish a written memorandum of understanding with a local sexual assault crisis center or other victim support service and (ii) adopt policies to provide victims with information on contacting such center or service. The law requires each public or private nonprofit institution of higher education to annually certify to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia that it has reviewed its sexual violence policy and requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to monitor and report on the impact of the legislation on the workload of local victim witness programs.

SB 1193. Academic transcripts; suspension, permanent dismissal, or withdrawal from institution. The law requires the registrar of certain public and private institutions of higher education, or the other employee, office, or department of the institution that is responsible for maintaining student academic records, to include a prominent notation on the transcript of each student who has been suspended for, has been permanently dismissed for, or withdraws from the institution while under investigation for an offense involving sexual violence, defined as physical sexual acts committed against a person’s will or against a person incapable of giving consent, under the institution’s code, rules, or set of standards governing student conduct. Any notation due to a student’s suspension must be removed if the student completed the term and conditions of the suspension and has been determined by the institution to be in good standing.

Need to find a local sexual assault or rape crisis center near your school?  Look at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance List of Member Agencies to find local centers.

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Seeking Bloggers to Join the Conversation to Prevent Sexual Violence #drivepeacehome @VActionAlliance

Carol Olson:

Our statewide coalition that both Jennifer and I are a part of is seeking bloggers or just reblog. Help spread the conversation on preventing sexual violence.

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Wonderful followers and readers,

I am asking people to join an online conversation with me on a new campaign called: Drive Peace Home #drivepeachhome. Even if you don’t blog a lot or if you do, I hope you will join me in flooding the internet talking with me and talking with your readers about how prevention of sexual and domestic violence. I am hoping people will join me in blogging about Building Healthy Futures with the Drive Peace Home Campaign and the Peace Begins at Home License plate.

For all of you in prevention, you know what to say. And here is a great new campaign to highlight the conversation this month. April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. While you may hear from centers and cause organizations a lot this month, they do prevention all year long. National stats tell us that 1 in 4…

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The V Word: An interview with John Sutter on #Rape in #Alaska @jdsutter @wrir

Today Carol interviews John Sutter, journalist from CNN on his report on the prevalence of rape in Alaska. He talks about his journey to see why Alaska has the highest incidence of rape in the nation.

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John Sutter receiving his media and journalism award from Joanne Archembault and Herman Milhollend at the EVAWI conference 2015.

John Sutter receiving his media and journalism award from Joanne Archembault and Herman Milholland at the EVAWI conference 2015.


John Sutter at CNN 

WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Shekeyah Hayes, VUU student and WRIR volunteer

The V Word: Shekeyah Hayes, student at VUU, talks about Domestic Violence on Campus

Shekeyah Hayes, student from Virginia Union University, talks about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence on campus.

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Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-838-8238