The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence


August 2017

The V Word: Campus Rape

Today’s V Word focuses on campus rape.

  • Only 12% of college student survivors report the assault to police. Notably, only 7% of survivors of incapacitated sexual assault report to the police.  Survivors cite a number of reasons for not reporting: not wanting others to know; lack of proof; fear of retaliation; being unsure of whether what happened constitutes assault; did not know how to report; and fear of being treated poorly by the criminal justice system. (2007 – Know Your IX

The V Word: Farah Tanis of Black Women’s Blueprint

In today’s post, in honor of the upcoming #M4BW, we revisit an interview with Farah Tanis, Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint.

Black Women’s Blueprint


The V Word: The Vulnerability of LGBTQI and Corrective Rape

Corrective rape is a hate crime in which one or more people are raped because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

The V Word: Regional Hospital Accompaniment Program (R-HART)

On today’s show, the YWCA stops by to update us on the Regional Hospital Accompaniment Program for Sexual Assault.

Hospital Accompaniment (R-HART)

The Regional Hospital Accompaniment & Response Team, or R-HART, is an entirely volunteer-based collaborative of advocates who provide support to individuals in the emergency room who have just experienced sexual and intimate partner violence.

The R-HART team of volunteers are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, all year. This team is a collaborative of volunteers from the YWCA Richmond, Safe Harbor and Hanover Safe Place, and serves survivors of all races, sexes, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to providing emotional support, R-HART volunteers connect survivors with community resources and follow-up services.

YWCA of Richmond



The V Word: Domestic Violence and LGBTQ

Today’s show focuses on domestic violence in relationships with those who identify as LGBTQ.


Virginia Anti-Violence Project

The V Word with Sarmistha Talukdar, Part 10

Sarmistha concludes her story today, ending with her healing and offering encouraging words to other survivors.

The V Word with Sarmistha Talukdar, Part 9

Sarmistha continues her story of survival. Today she talks about the concept of gaslighting.

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