The V Word

Advocating to end sexual and domestic violence


sexual assault

The V Word: #metoo with Terra Jones Steel of The James House

Today Terra Jones Steel,  Terra Jones Steel, child advocate of The James House, talks about her work as an advocate for children and adolescents who are survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.


The James House


The V Word at the Women’s Convention – Athena Soules #metoo

Athena Soules – light artist and activist – joined me in talking about the #metoo campaign and how her art is supporting the cause.

The V Word: #metoo

The hashtag #metoo has gone viral, from it’s initial launching by Tarana Burke in 2007 and reinvigorated by Hollywood actors 10 years later. The instant connection of the internet and ability to pull in large groups of people from anywhere is helping the campaign expand and beyond it’s original purpose focused on Black women and girls.

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: Say No to Violence – Malena Magnolia #ewav #saynotoviolence

Today on the V Word, local artist/activist, Malena Magnolia is featured from her workshop: LEARN HOW TO MUD STENCIL WITH MALENA MAGNOLIA AND CREATE STENCILS COMBATTING SEXUAL AND/OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

“What is a mud stencil, you ask? After a stencil is created, mud is applied to the stencil, usually with a sponge, instead of with spray paint. It is 100% eco-friendly, no harsh chemicals are used, and it is ephemeral when placed outside. This technique is very accessible and is fun for both artists and those who may not consider themselves artists.”


Malena Magnolia


The V Word: Avery Evans

Avery Evans, a producer and upcoming show host at WRIR joins Carol on the V Word to talk about the role of men in preventing sexual assault.

The V Word: Mishawn Glover

Mishawn Glover, local therapist who works with survivors both as a therapist and crisis response resource talks about necessity of trauma informed response.

The V Word: Title IX – YWCA of Richmond

Rachel Kaufman and Ryan Morris of the YWCA of Richmond join Carol to talk about Title IX updates and what is happening under the current administration.

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