Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Self-Defense and Women Empowerment Classes in Winnemucca Now Available

October Self-Defense and Women Empowerment Schedule Now Available
October schedule for Women Empowerment, FREE self-defense and empowerment classes provided by Paul Montenegro of Montenegro's School of TawKwon Do and AVA Executive Director, Rebecka Swatman are as follows:
October 9, 10, 11, 26, 27, 28, and 29th. All times are 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Come to one class, a few, or all of them!
Each class involves critical discussions covering the most important awareness principles and safety strategies. Even if you are already well-versed in safety strategies and are well aware of your surroundings, these lessons will reinforce your safety consciousness and heighten your awareness in many settings.
Offered monthly to all women ages 18 and over (if younger, parental permission is required). These courses follow the Women’s Empowerment program as part of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

If anyone is interested in taking a class but is not comfortable with any of the lessons, it’s acceptable to sit out and observe. No one will be asked to participate in anything they are uncomfortable with. If any special accommodations are needed, please contact us and we’ll make arrangements ahead of time.

Patience, timing, and leverage can overcome any of life’s adversities, regardless of their nature. Remember: Anyone can be a victim, regardless of where you live, education, age gender, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, etc. Everyone can learn to protect themselves!
For a full description of each class, please visit . To reserve your spot or contact us with any questions, please call 304-7007 or 304-5997. Or email or
All classes are FREE, but donations are always accepted and appreciated. AVA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity, any donations made are tax-exempt and a receipt will be provided.

Unite Against Bullying on Unity Day, Oct. 10 Get Involved, Winnemucca!

Unite Against Bullying on Unity Day, Oct. 10
Join PACER and AVA-CASA and “Make It Orange and Make It End”
During National Bullying Prevention Month
As a show of support to children who are bullied, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates invites everyone to wear orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10, during National Bullying Prevention Month.
Bullying can happen anywhere. Many children and teens are regular victims of bullying, which can lead to serious emotional scarring and problems with the victim's self-esteem and self-image. Correcting these behaviors before they start or get out of hand are important for parents and educators to keep in mind. In this article we are discussing the facts on bullying and how you can watch for warning signs in victims of bullying as well as in children who might be bullies themselves.
Types of bullying:
  • Verbal. This type of bullying usually involves name calling and or teasing
  • Social. Spreading rumors, intentionally leaving others out of activities on purpose, breaking up friendships are all examples of social bullying.
  • Physical. This traditional form of bullying involves hitting, punching, shoving and other acts of intention physical harm.
  • Cyberbullying. This method of bullying involves using the Internet, texting, email and other digital technologies to harm others.
“Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year - upwards of 13 million students,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “We need to show these students they are not alone. By joining together and wearing orange on Unity Day, we can send a national, unified message that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.”
While we hear so much about bullying in schools and between youths, AVA-CASA Director's Rebecka Swatman and Chelle Robinson point out how bullying isn't just a youth concern. Parents and adults also deal with bullying in their communities and workplaces. One would think that as people mature and progress through life, certain behaviors would change and mature as well.. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sadly, adults can be bullies, just as children and teenagers can be bullies. While adults are more likely to use verbal bullying as opposed to physical bullying, the fact of the matter is that adult bullying exists. The goal of an adult bully is to gain power over another person, and make himself or herself the dominant adult. They try to humiliate victims, exclude them, and damage their reputations.
Whether it be a child or adult, how do you know if someone is being bullied and what do we look for?
Facts on bullying:
  • Imbalance of power. Typically those who engage in bully-like behaviors use their strength, popularity or power to harm, control or manipulate others. They will usually target those who are weaker in size or may have a difficult time defending themselves.
  • Intent to cause harm. A bully is a person who does not do things by accident. The bully intends to physically or emotionally injure a person or group of persons.
  • Repetition. Typically incidents of bullying are not a one-time thing. Bullies target the same person or group over and over again.
It is important for parents to discuss the facts on bullying with their children to help teach them how to watch out for bullying and to avoid being bullied. There are several signs a person can look for when evaluating if an individual is a victim of bullying.
  • Comes home with unexplained injuries or with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
  • Has change in eating habits
  • Makes excuses not to go to school or work
  • Has fewer friends
  • Feels helpless
  • Talks about suicide
  • Acts out of character
  • Avoids certain places or playing outside alone
  • Feels like they are not good enough
  • Has trouble sleeping
  • Blames themselves for their problems
The facts on bullying also provide information on what types of signs to look for in children who might be bullying others.
  • Becomes frequently violent
  • Has trouble controlling anger
  • Is manipulative and controlling of others and situations
  • Is quick to blame others
  • Does not accept responsibility for their actions
  • Needs to win or be the best at everything
Understanding these warning signs can help prevent everyone from becoming a victim of a bully. Counseling or therapy are good methods in helping to treat a child who exhibits symptoms of bullying. Children who are victims may also need some kind of support or counseling to help resolve underlying issues of emotional feelings of inadequacy. Children who are confident and have higher self-esteem are less likely to fall prey to the attacks of bullying.
There are many ways to support the cause:
Wear a Celebrity-Designed, Customized or Official T-Shirt
PACER is making it easy this year for everyone to wear orange – either a design of their own, one created by a celebrity or one created for them. Official National Bullying Prevention Month T-shirts for Unity Day will be available on the PACER website for a limited time. The website also features a section so anyone can customize an orange shirt. Individual or group orders can be made for any of the T-shirts, and all proceeds support the work of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, a nonprofit that provides free online bullying prevention resources. Look for details and ordering information at
Share the Unity Message
In addition to wearing orange, people can update their Facebook status to the Unity Day message at, visit the Unity Day Facebook page to “Share” and “Attend” the Unity Day Event, and post pictures of anyone wearing orange to PACER’s Unity Day Facebook page. Students can also take part by distributing orange “Unity” ribbons and writing “Unity” on their hands or school binders. During Unity Day’s debut in 2011, thousands of students, co-workers and even television personality Ellen DeGeneres spread the message of support by wearing orange, the official color of bullying prevention.
“This is a great way to make a powerful statement,” said Paula F. Goldberg, PACER Center’s executive director. “Anyone can join with us to “Make It Orange and Make It End.”
PACER is also partnering with Facebook on a new “school event toolkit” that will help students organize their own bullying prevention event. It’s coming soon to
PACER originated National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. National partners of the month include the National Education Association, the American Federation for Teachers, the National PTA, and many others. Facebook is partnering with PACER by posting information about Unity Day and other PACER activities on its safety, educator, and privacy pages during October.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides creative and interactive resources that are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. It offers educators, students, families and individuals the tools they need to address bullying. For more information, visit or call 952-838-9000.
About AVA-CASA: Based in Winnemucca, NV, AVA-CASA works to to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying. Free self-defense classes and are offered monthly, kids classes and anti-bullying classes are also offered free to the public.
Tri-County CASA supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of abuse and neglected children in Humboldt, Lander, and Pershing Counties in Nevada. Interested parties ages 21 and over are encouraged to apply. Male volunteers are especially needed at this time to mentor and support male youths in Winnemucca. Must have a valid Nevada ID and pass state and federal background checks. To apply, please complete application at , email or call 304-7007 or 623-2328 for more information.
Don't be a victim, become a survivor!
About PACER Center: Based in Minnesota, PACER Center is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. Learn more at or call 952-838-9000; 888-248-0822 (national toll free). Paula F. Goldberg is the Executive Director of PACER Center.

The Importance of Recognizing Depression

"Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines,” recognizes that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.  In the United States, suicide claims the lives of more people than homicide and HIV combined. One million adults attempt suicide every year. Suicide touches everyone—all ages and backgrounds, all racial and ethnic groups, in all parts of the country. And the emotional toll on those left behind endures long after the event.

There is help-and hope-when individuals, organizations, and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem. Over the past 20 years, suicide death rates among youth have declined by 40% and among older adults by 33%. Using a public health approach, we can reduce the suicide toll among all age groups. By drawing on research and implementing effective interventions, we can save lives

Suicide Deaths in the United States:

  There are far more suicides each year than homicides. In fact, in 2009, the number of suicides was  about twice that of homicides.

  More than  36,000 people kill themselves each year.

Suicide Attempts in the United States

  There are an estimated 12 attempted suicides for every one suicide death.

  More than 374,500 people with self-inflicted injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year.

  More than 163,000 people are hospitalized each year due to self-inflicted injury.

Age Group Differences

  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year olds and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds.

  Suicide among 45- to 54-year-olds is a growing problem; the rate of suicide is higher in this age group than in any other.

  Although older adults engage in suicide attempts less than those in other age groups, they have a higher rate of death by suicide.  Over the age of 65, there is one estimated suicide for every 4 attempted suicides compared to 1 suicide for every 100-200 attempts among youth and young adults ages 15-24.

Gender Disparities

  Men die by suicide four times as often as women and represent 78.8% of all U.S. suicides.

  Women attempt suicide two to three times as often as men.

  Suicide rates for males are highest among those aged 75 and older.

  Suicide rates for females are highest among those aged 45-54.

  Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide among males.

  Poisoning is the most common method of suicide for females

If you’ve noticed changes in yourself or someone you care about, seek help as soon as possible. These signs may be a clue that you need to connect with someone—especially if they are new or have gotten worse.

·             Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself. Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.

·             Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

·             Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

·             Talking about being a burden to others.

·             Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.

·             Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.

·             Sleeping too little or too much.

·             Withdrawing or feeling isolated.

·             Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

·             Displaying extreme mood swings.

Supporting a friend who is at a low point can be really stressful. You may not know what to say or do or how to show someone “you matter to me.” You can help. You can listen. You can let them express their feelings without judgment or fear. You can help them find more support. You can help them know that they aren’t alone.

There are so many things that can make you feel stuck or disconnected. Relationship or family problems, abuse or violence, .illness, sexual orientation or gender identity issues. These feelings may creep up over time or come out of nowhere without warning. No matter what you’re struggling with or how it’s emerged, there are real ways to plug back in—to get help and support 24/7/365 wherever and however you need it.


Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255) – Veteran’s Press 1

Suicide Prevention Resource Center