The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence


January 2017

V Word: Voices from the Women’s March – Paul Ivey

The Women’s March that happened January 21st was the largest peaceful protest in history and while it was founded and focused on issues important to women and marginalized communities, men are part of the movement both supporting women and realizing that women’s issues are human issues.

Today, Krsyti Albus hosts the V Word and interviews Paul Ivey, WRIR DJ and local musician on his participation in the march. You can listen to the full interview below:

The V Word: Voices from the Women’s March – Tammie Hagen

During the Women’ March on January 21st individuals and groups attended. On today’s V Word, Kryst Albus is the guest host interviewing Tammie Hagen from New Virginia Majority, a progressive organization dedicated to criminal justice issues, restoration of rights, immigrant rights, and affordable education. She talks about how community organizations were part of the event as well.

You can listen to the full show here:

The V Word: Quillin from the Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington drew millions to gather in cities around the world on January 21st. They were advocating for human rights: gender equality for women and transgender, the end of racial discrimination and racial equality for all races and ethnic groups, end discrimination for those differently-abled, reproductive rights and the rights of bodily integrity, equal and affordable health-care access for all.

The largest peaceful protest in history .. protesting the current administration’s announced plans to scale back services, to reduce rights, to marginalize and silence.

Women attended, transwomen attended, transmen attended, Queer folks attended, men attended, African-American’s attended, Latinos/x attended, Asian’s attended, young attended, older attended, children attended. People protested in their neighborhoods, in their cities, on social media and flew across timezones to attend.

Here is one of those million voices talking about why she marched:

Want to add your voice, talk about your experience? email:



The V Word: Stalking and Teens

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, today’s show is focused toward Teens

From the website of Victims of Crime 

Help Yourself

  • Think about ways you can be safer. This means thinking about what to do, where to go for help, and who to call ahead of time.
  • Where can you go for help?
  • Who can you call?
  • Who will help you?
  • How will you escape a violent situation?

Here are other things you can do:

  • Let friends or family members know when you are afraid or need help.
  • Find out about your legal rights to protection from stalking.
  • When you go out, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back.
  • In an emergency, call 911 or your local police department.
  • Keep a cell phone handy.
  • Save notes, letters, or other items that are sent to you and keep a record of all other contact from the person who is stalking you. This includes text messages, emails, or voicemails. Take photographs of the texts and print out any emails you receive in case they are deleted. These items will be very useful to the police.
  • If you choose to tell someone, you should know that some adults are mandated reporters. This means they are legally required to report neglect or abuse to someone else, such as the police or child protective services. You can ask people if they are mandated reporters and then decide what you want to do. Some examples of mandated reporters are teachers, counselors, doctors, social workers, and in some cases, coaches or activity leaders.
  • If you want help deciding whom to talk to, call an anonymous crisis line or victim advocate in your area. You might also want to talk to a trusted family member, a friend’s parent, an adult neighbor or friend, an older sibling or cousin, or another experienced person who you trust.

Help Someone Else

If you know someone who is being stalked, you can:

  • Encourage your friend to seek help.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Offer your support.
  • Ask how you can help.
  • Educate yourself about stalking. Avoid any confrontations because this could be dangerous for you and your friend.


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The V Word: Human Trafficking

 Today’s post talks about myths vs facts of human trafficking and provides resources for help if you see or suspect trafficking. 

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