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The V Word: #metoo with Kimberly Strothers

Today local volunteer and journalism student joins Carol to talk about the #metoo campaign and share her thoughts on it’s importance for family members and allies.

The V Word – Technology and Child Abuse

On todays’ show, we discuss predation on children through technology – using chat rooms and the internet. We discuss some surprising findings that make addressing child abuse and adults who prey on children more concerning.

The V Word at the Women’s Convention with Rose McGowan and #metoo

Today we hear Rose McGowan continue her call out of sexual assault in media, her call to women for action, and her joining the #metoo campaign.

The V Word at the Women’s Convention – #Metoo with Rose McGowan

We attended the Women’s Convention in Detriot and got to hear Rose McGowan talk about #metoo and her call to action to make change in Hollywood.

You can hear the first part of her speech to the hundreds of attendees.

The V Word at the Women’s Convention – Tarana Burke – #metoo

We attended the Women’s Convention to hear Tarana Burke speak about launching the #metoo campaign for Black girls to be heard and how it has gone viral as women began speaking out everywhere sharing their #metoo stories.

The V Word Radio: Stop Street Harassment and a review of Holly Kearl’s new book

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Holly Kearl, picture courtesy SSH
Holly Kearl, picture courtesy SSH

Today Carol reviews Holly Kearl’s new book, Stop Global Street Harassment: Growing Activism Around the World.”  It’s her second book on the topic and is on incise and thoughtful examination of street harassment, it’s impact on women, and the growing activism around the world to combat it.

What is the impact that she addresses? Street harassment is linked to or used to restrict equality, by restricting women’s mobility in public spaces and limiting resources and opportunities. Street harassment can escalate from verbal harassment to sexual assault and rape, and murder. Street harassment is traumatizing, as researchers from University of Mary Washington found that who experienced frequent sexual harassment displays signs of trauma and PTSD. Street harassment connects with other issues like racial profiling and police harassment.

How can you get involved? Join a movement to combat street harassment. You can find some projects listed here:

Stop Street Harassment 

iHollaback     iHollaback Richmond 

Everyday Sexism 

HarassMap

Stop Telling Women to Smile

The V Word: Sexual Assault and Addiction

Today Carol talks about the link between sexual assault and addiction.

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Links:

WRIR 97.3 LP FM 

Sexual Assault Resources 

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

YWCA of Richmond  

Recovery Resources

McShin Foundation 

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority 

Substance Abuse Addiction and Recovery Alliance

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.

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.

You can listen to the show here

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.

Links:

John Sutter at CNN 

WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance

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