Saturday, January 12, 2013





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 Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates (AVA-CASA) JOINS GLOBAL CAMPAIGN - ONE BILLION RISING  - TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS


February 14, 2013 to be V-Day’s Largest Day of Action Ever


January 10, 2013, Winnemucca, NV:

On February 14, 2013, AVA-CASA in Winnemucca, NV will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.


ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, everyone is encouraged to join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.


“When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2013 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.” 


To participate in One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV (or anywhere in the world) go to


About One Billion Rising
One in three women on the planet is raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION WOMEN violated. One billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends. On 14th February 2013, V-Day's 15th Anniversary, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers and our solidarity across borders. Join V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING today and SAY NO to violence against women and girls. To sign up and learn more, visit


About V-Day
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 14,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine's 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestar and Great Nonprofits. V-Day's newest campaign is ONE BILLION RISING which will culminate on 021413 with a global action worldwide.


 To learn more about VDay and its campaigns visit


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

January 2013 Schedule of Women's Self-Defense and Empowerment Classes and Lil' Dragons Classes in Winnemucca

January's schedule for women's 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:

January 18, 19, 20, and 21st. All times are 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Classes are held at the Montenegro School of TaeKwon Do, 5184 1/2 Winnemucca Blvd. (Behind Computer Tamer and next to BLM offices). While the classes are each month, the techniques are easy enough for anyone to pick up from one session. A review is given at each class to enable full benefit for anyone who wants to learn these powerful self-defense menthods. Adult Jiu Jisto and Weapons classes are also available (see schedule)

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. We recommend you bring a partner (friend, sister, daughter, etc) if possible to practice techniques with.

Offered monthly to all women ages 18 and over (if younger, parental permission is required), these classes are exceptional and lessons include:

4 phases of a typical sexual assault by stranger, the “Triangle of Victimization”: Undercover Assailants: non-strangers conduct a shocking 78% of all sexual assaults! Between the ages of 16-24, 1 in 4 women experience some form of sexual violence. In college, most attacks occur during freshman and sophomore years.
This course has an emphasis on what you can do to ensure you never allow a predator to catch you off-guard. Making responsible choices and defending personal boundaries is part of total empowerment.

This course includes 11 intense sections:

1. Awareness and Intuition: Knowing your surroundings, trusting your gut in situations, exit strategies, confidence, and how to be a bad victim. Safety in a variety of different situations such as using the buddy-system, cell phones, bystander intervention.
2. Combat Base: How to physically establish a rock-solid base so the attacker can neither push nor pull you against your will.
3. Wrist Release: A man will grab a woman by the wrists to detain, neutralize, or demean her. In this lesson, learn wrist releases guaranteed to free you from any wrist grab, regardless of the attackers strength.
4. Trap and Roll Escape: Being trapped beneath a sexual predator is a nightmarish experience potentially leading to panic, suffocation, exhaustion, and eventual submission. In this lesson, you will be taught two highly effective escapes from this frightening position.
5. Front Choke Defenses: Assailants often attempt to strangle their victims during a sexual assault. In this lesson, we teach how to apply leverage to escape the two most commonly used front choke holds.
6. Super Slap: Striking a large assailant with punches has limited effectiveness and may cause you to break your hand. In this lesson, we teach how to use a Super Slap to disrupt the attack and facilitate your escape.
7. Guard Get-Up: Most important physical technique in this course! Ultimate goal for most sexual predators is to get inside victim’s legs. Should you find yourself in this situation, the Guard Get-Up will enable you to remain calm, stay safe, and escape at the right time.
8. Stop-Block Frame: Sexual predators often test their victims’ spatial boundaries. In this lesson, we teach how to use verbal assertiveness to establish your personal space and what to do if the attacker crosses the boundary and physically assaults you.
9. Trap and Roll Extras: This includes more variations from the #3 lesson. Includes what to do if a man achieves the most terrifying position: mounted on top of you while pinning both your wrists to the ground.
10. Guard Get-Up Extras: Greatest challenge when trapped beneath an attacker is to avoid panic and exhaustion. Additional variations are taught to ensure your survival against an attacker trying to punch, pin, or choke you.
11. Hair Grab Defense: An assailant will often attempt to control his target by grabbing hair. In this lesson, learn to defend against the most common hair grabs whether standing or on the ground.
12. Guillotine Choke: Whether your attacker lowers his head to subdue you, he unknowingly creates a perfect opportunity for you to protect yourself.
13. Elbow Escape: An emergency alternative to the Trap and Roll Escape.
14. Rear Attack Defenses: A surprise attack from behind is one of the most challenging attacks to overcome. In this lesson, we teach how to escape when someone attempts to choke you or bear hug you from behind.
15. Weapon Defense: Some assailants will use a weapon to intimidate and control their victims. In this lesson we use the weapon to address the psychological aspects of dealing with an armed assailant, as well as methods to use when your life is on the line and you MUST act.

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!

Lil Dragons Pre-Skill Program for 3-6 year olds is also offered monthly. Classes are as follows:

January 7, 10th, 14th, 18th, and 22nd 4:30 - 5:30 p.m

For more information on the Lil' Dragons Pre-Skill Program, please contact Kisa Murrin at or call 775-200-2701.

Special thanks to Paul Montenegro of Montenegro's School of TaeKwon Do for providing these programs to the community!

For more information on all classes provided by Montenegro's School of TaeKwon Do, contact Paul Montenegro at 304-5997, email or visit or find schedules on AVA-CASA's website at

All classes are FREE, but donations are always accepted and appreciated. AVA-CASA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity (EIN 26-3966611), any donations made are tax-exempt and a receipt will be provided.

Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Court Appointed Special Advocates
P.O. Box 1338

Winnemucca, NV 89446

Contact Information:
304-7007, 623-2328

Fax: 509-695-4626

The mission ofAVA is 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.
CASA supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of abuse and neglected children in Humboldt, Lander, and Pershing Counties in Nevada.
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Stalking and Cyber Stalking Awareness- Recognize it and Speak Out Against It!


Stalking is a very serious crime that is often under-reported.  Those that have reported the crime are numbered at over 3 million people in the
United States every year.  Stalking victims are often stalked by someone they know or a person they were once in a relationship with.  It is estimated that in every 1 out of 5 stalking cases, violence escalates and a weapon is used.

When we think of stalking, we think of someone who hides outside a person’s house and follows them.  Nevada Revised Statue 200.575 states “A person who, without lawful authority, willfully or maliciously engages in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or harassed, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or harassed, commits the crime of stalking.”  The NRS under Section 3 has been amended to include technology to say “A person who commits the crime of stalking with the use of an Internet or network site or electronic mail or any other similar means of communication to publish, display or distribute information in a manner that substantially increases the risk of harm or violence to the victim shall be punished for a category C felony as provided in NRS 193.130.”  Simply put, stalking and cyberstalking are crimes.

With the ever-growing field of technology, there’s a new way of stalking “cyber stalking”. 
What exactly is cyberstalking?  Cyberstalking is almost always characterized by the stalker relentlessly pursuing his\her victim online and is much more likely to include some form of offline attack, as well (OVW 2010). This offline aspect makes it a more serious situation as it can easily lead to dangerous physical contact, if the victim’s location is known.
Cyberstalkers often begin their stalking behavior in ways planned to cause distress to the victim, or make them the subject of harassment by others. They may pretend to be the victim and post offensive comments or send offensive messages in their name. They may send hateful communications to family, friends and coworkers, either posing as the victim or “anonymous”. The victim’s computer may be hacked or their email accounts broken into, or the password is changed and the victim locked out of their own accounts.  Recently, the Department of Justice showed that technology, including Internet services such as email and instant messaging along with other technology, like GPS and computer spyware like IP sniffers, have been used to harass one in four stalking victims. That converts into about 1.2 million victims whose stalkers have used some form of technology to find them no matter where they are.

Cyberstalkers often begin their stalking behavior in ways planned to cause distress to the victim, or make them the subject of harassment by others. They may pretend to be the victim and post offensive comments or send offensive messages in their name. They may send hateful communications to family, friends and coworkers, either posing as the victim or “anonymous”. The victim’s computer may be hacked or their email accounts broken into, or the password is changed and the victim locked out of their own accounts. The victim may be signed-up for spam, porn sites and questionable offers.

In the most dangerous kind of cases, the cyberstalker posts the name, address and phone number of the victim online, may pose as them, and solicit sexual activities. In a California case, a stalker posted his victims’ name and address online and solicited group sex. The woman had never used the computer before, but found herself facing angry men at her door, expecting sexual services.

Most often, a cyberstalker is found to be someone the victim knows. It might be someone they have been in a relationship with, been to school or worked with. If a person believes they may be a victim of stalking or cyberstalking, contact your local law enforcement. Save any information such as emails, texts, virus scans that show positive for a tracer, etc. Emails and logs can be traced by ISP. Remember: No one has the right to harass or threaten anyone or make them fear their safety.
The fear a stalking victim feels has additional consequences.  Anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression are only a few of the serious side effects a victim may experience, and these issues rarely go away when the stalking stops.  Many will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can take years to overcome.

We applaud the lawmakers who have amended the NRS 200.575 under Section 3 to include cyberstalking as a crime.  We applaud our local community agencies and organizations that help to educate and to raise awareness about the seriousness of stalking and to help victims.

As the old proverb says, “A life lived in fear is a life half lived”.  It’s our hope that by working together for our community’s safety and well-being that we may help those in need to no longer live in fear.

The mission of AVA is 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.

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.

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Understanding Stalking

What Is Stalking?

While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States.

3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
30% of stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
10% of stalking victims are stalked by a stranger.
Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking. 1
1% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.
1 in 4 victims report being stalked through the use of some form of technology (such as e-mail or instant messaging).
10% of victims report being monitored with global positioning systems (GPS), and 8% report being monitored through video or digital cameras, or listening devices.
2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method. 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
Weapons are used to harm or threaten victims in 1 out of 5 cases. Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.
Intimate partner stalkers frequently approach their targets, and their behaviors escalate quickly. [Kris Mohandie et al.,“The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers,” Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51, no. 1 (2006).]
76% of intimate partner femicide victims have been stalked by their intimate partner.
67% had been physically abused by their intimate partner.
89% of femicide victims who had been physically assaulted had also been stalked in the 12 months before their murder.
79% of abused femicide victims reported being stalked during the same period that they were abused. 54% of femicide victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers.
46% of stalking victims fear not knowing what will happen next. [Baum et al., (2009). “Stalking Victimization in the United States.” BJS.]
29% of stalking victims fear the stalking will never stop. [Baum et al.] 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more. [Baum et al.]
1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization. [Baum et al.] The prevalence of anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression is much higher among stalking victims than the general population, especially if the stalking involves being followed or having one’s property destroyed. [Eric Blauuw et al., “The Toll of Stalking,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17, no. 1 (2002):50-63.] [Judith McFarlane et al., “Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide,” Homicide Studies 3, no. 4 (1999).]

Stalking is a crime under the laws of 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal government. Less than 1/3 of states classify stalking as a felony upon first offense. More than 1/2 of states classify stalking as a felony upon second or subsequent offense or when the crime involves aggrevating factors. Aggravating factors may include: possession of a deadly weapon, violation of a court order or condition of probation/parole, victim under 16 years, or same victim as prior occasions.

For a compilation of state, tribal, and federal laws visit The Stalking Resource Center (SRC) works to raise national awareness of stalking and to encourage the development and implementation of multidisciplinary responses to stalking in local communities across the country. The SRC provides training, technical assistance, and resource materials for professionals working with and responding to stalking victims so that communities are more aware of and better equipped to respond to the crime of stalking.

Contact us at 202-467-8700 or This document may be reproduced only in its entirety. Any alterations must be approved by the Stalking Resource Center. This document was developed under grant number 2008-TA-AX-K017 from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) of the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions and views expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. For more information on the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women visit

Human Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as well as National Mentoring Month.  The Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates (AVA-CASA) has teamed up with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s Polaris Project and Girls Educating and Mentoring Services (GEMS), to help raise awareness about this serious problem that still exists in the United States and around the globe.


Human trafficking is a serious federal crime with penalties of up to imprisonment for life.  Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and some U.S. territories (USDE).  Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female.


According to U.S. government estimates, thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked to the United States for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.

Human trafficking often targets youths. 100,000 – 300,000 children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation each year in the United States  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 75% of minors involved in prostitution are controlled by pimps through violence and psychological abuse, which leads to lesser reporting out of fear. Just this year, the DOJ’s statistic that the average age of entry into prostitution is merely 12-14 years old.  These statistics narrow even further, as Shared Hope International reports 1,496 children were trafficked from 40 states into Las Vegas’ Clark County between 1994 and 2007. 70-90% of commercially sexually exploited children have a history of child sexual abuse  Keep in mind, these are only the reported trafficking crimes.

Commercial exploitation of children is sexual activity involving a child in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons.  The child is treated as a commercial and sexual object.  CSEC is a form of violence against children. It’s estimated 1.6 million children run away from home each year in the US.  The average time it takes before a runaway is approached by a trafficker or solicitor is 48 hours (National Runaway Switchboard).

If you or someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, the NHTRC provides a free, 24/7, confidential hotline at  1-888-373-7888.

For more information or to volunteer to be an advocate, please contact the Advocates for Victims of Abuse at, or 304-7007 or 623-2328.

For more information, please visit these websites: 


National Human Trafficking Resource Center:

Girls Educating and Mentoring Services:

Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates: