Monday, February 15, 2016

Operation Easter in Winnemucca, NV! Help out an excellent cause for kids!!!!


Excellent cause in Winnemucca, NV needs your help!  Help give the community's youth an Easter to remember!

Find on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OperationEaster







February Is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month



February Is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Sarah Reno Baker


 “Controllers, abusers, and manipulative people don’t question themselves. They don’t ask themselves if the problem is them.  They always say the problem is someone else.” ~Darlene Oimen

Teen domestic violence can lead to serious problems in adulthood. According to Futures Without Violence, young people also contend with domestic violence; the statistics are shocking. In the United States alone, approximately one in three girls can be victims of abuse from a dating partner. Abuse can be physical, emotional, and or verbal forms. Statistics show the prevalence of this issue and that no community around the world is exempt. 16,458 children found themselves in a traditional housing facility or domestic violence shelter in 2008. In the United States, 15.5 million children experienced partner violence within families at least once in the past year.

Only one in four women report violence from a former or current boyfriend. In the United States, on average, more than three women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend per day. Women are most often victimized by current or form partners, and those with the greatest risk of nonfatal violence are women with the ages of 20 to 24. Family violence accounts for approximately three-fourths of persons and the violence is usually conducted by males. Women account for 84% of spousal abuse victims and 86% of abuse is at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Education is essential to bringing awareness to teen domestic violence. Statistics express that 1 in 5 teenagers know a person that is a victim of dating violence.  Further, 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college. Studies show that 11 to 14 year olds state they know someone who is a victim to dating violence and half of those relationships do include verbal abuse. Staggering studies of the younger population of tweens 11 and 12 years of age also reports verbal abuse among their friends in relationships.

According to Futures Without Violence, “Teen victims of physical dating are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy diet behaviors (taking diet pills or laxatives and vomiting to lose weight), and engage in risky sexual behavior, and attempt or consider suicide”.

Technology is an emerging issue that causes concern for teen domestic violence. Victims of abuse are easy targets by stalkers who harass or monitor through the aid of technology. 1 in 13 victims are targeted by cyberstalking, email, or instant messaging through monitoring. Email cyberstalking accounts for 83% and 35% are instant messaging. Teen girls ages 13 to 16 have posted semi-nude, nude photos and videos of themselves electronically. 37% of teenage girls have reported sending sexually aggressive emails, texts, and or instant messages electronically. 51% of teen girls say that pure pressure is the reason they partake in this potentially dangerous act. Teen boys suggest pure pressure from a peer is at 18%.



Get Involved. “February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and a national effort is brought forth to educate abuse in teen and 20-something relationships”. Many programs are offered to bring awareness and promote healthy relationships without violence. Social media is a great way to promote awareness for Teen Dating Violence. According to loveisrespect.org, “The theme for February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness is “Love=Setting Boundaries”, because boundaries are important part of every healthy relationship”. The site also suggests sharing with everyone what you know and have learned about teen dating violence by using the hashtag #teenDVmonth within social medias. Communities can get involved with the National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) Respect Week. There is a downloadable guide with a wealth of information on activities and ideas for groups, schools, and the community that will leave a positive lasting impact for a positive change towards teen domestic violence. Wear orange day is a national awareness day to promote Teen domestic violence.  This year the date is February 9th.  The idea is to share your support by wearing anything orange and using hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Suggested hashtags for wear orange day are #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2016. On Valentine’s day the idea to promote positive relationships is to read and share the National Respect Announcement that can be found:


“Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them” ~Love is Respect

The following sites are where more information can be found on teen dating violence:




This column is not is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice or treatment.

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Press Release: One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV!




One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV



Press Release by Sarah Reno Baker, Volunteer Advocate



Get involved, participate, and share the word with this AWESOME event! From February 14 through March 8th we encourage people to to share their stories through words, pictures, and video, and help to end violence against women! Education is the key to awareness, so let's start educating and get involved! As we at Humboldt AVA say, "Don't be a victim, become a survivor!" Let's empower women all over the world!

WHAT IS ONE BILLION RISING?
About One Billion Rising*

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, 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 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. On 14 February 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. For the third year of the campaign, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice. On (or around) 14 February 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to Rise for REVOLUTION, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE. We are rising to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalised women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.

ABOUT THE EVENT**
Participate any time, anywhere beginning February 14, 2016 through March 8, 2016!

Get up and dance! In your house, your workplace, your school, anywhere YOU feel survivors of violence and those who love them should feel safe and entitled to justice! Send us your videos or pics of you and loved ones dancing in support of survivors of violence everywhere (images will not be posted without permission from all individuals featured)!

 On 14 February 2016, we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE! Through our collective efforts we mobilised, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women. We made violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. We revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. In our justice campaign we made visible, volatile and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, gender injustice.

We formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women’s movement but also between people’s movements covering diverse sectors. We showed that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity as it makes all of us safer in our outspokenness, braver in what we feel willing to do. It inspires all of us to go further when we know the eyes of the world are on us.

Through One Billion Rising laws were created, passed and enforced. Leaders were born, politicians were held to the fire, major and invisible injustices were highlighted and proven undeniable. Our cries for each of our particular justices rose and merged in a sea of cries and demands, creating a new collage, a new collective vision and radical landscape of what a just world might look like for women and girls. Everyone faced obstacles, attack, doubt, distrust, questions, lack of resources, impossible odds, family needs, and went beyond where even we thought we could go. So we have much to celebrate!

What we also did was show the power of art and dance and the astonishing and political alchemy that occurs when art and activism happen simultaneously. Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Through trauma, cruelty, shame, oppression, violence, rape, exclusion, the body of the human species has been hurt, wounded, and we have been forced to flee our bodies. This same cruelty, rape oppression, has been enacted on the earth and the consequences have been dire. We are verging on total catastrophe and collapse of life as we know it. Dancing allows us to come back into our bodies as individuals and groups and a world, it connects our feet to the earth and inspires us to move to her rhythms. It allows us to go further, to include everyone, to tap into a revolutionary and poetic energy, which is inviting us to take the lid off the patriarchal container releasing more of our wisdom, our self love, our sexuality, our compassion, and fierceness. Dancing is defiance. It is joyous and raging. It is contagious and free and beyond corporate or state control. We have only begun to dance. This year we must continue to go much further.

We must go all the way and make the change!



ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
ADVOCATES FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE (AVA)

Advocates for Victims of Abuse is a 501(c)(3) community-based program for the prevention, education, and advocacy against relationship abuse, sexual violence, bullying, and child abuse and neglect in Humboldt County, Winnemucca, NV.
We collaborate with community agencies and organizations to raise awareness and education about relationship abuse and sexual violence, prevention, and what to do in case of a sexual assault. We also provide referrals and resources to local and statewide agencies and programs that can assist the survivors of relationship abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying and their loved ones affected by the trauma.
We provide on-call advocacy for relationship abuse and sexual assault support services, with trained advocates in crisis intervention and community advocacy.
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.


*www.onebillionrising.org


**http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/1-billion-rising-for-justice-in-winnemucca/



Thursday, February 4, 2016

One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV!


One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV!

Participate any time, anywhere beginning February 14, 1016 through March 8, 2016! Get up and dance! In your house, your workplace, your school, anywhere YOU feel survivors of violence and those who love them should feel safe and entitled to justice! Send us your pictures, stories, and videos of you and loved ones dancing in support of survivors of violence everywhere (videos and pictures will not be posted without permission)!

On 14 February 2014* , we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE! Through our collective efforts we mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women.

We made violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. We revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. In our justice campaign we made visible, volatile and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, gender injustice.

We formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women’s movement but also between people’s movements covering diverse sectors. We showed that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity as it makes all of us safer in our outspokenness, braver in what we feel willing to do. It inspires all of us to go further when we know the eyes of the world are on us.

Through One Billion Rising laws were created, passed and enforced. Leaders were born, politicians were held to the fire, major and invisible injustices were highlighted and proven undeniable. Our cries for each of our particular justices rose and merged in a sea of cries and demands, creating a new collage, a new collective vision and radical landscape of what a just world might look like for women and girls. Everyone faced obstacles, attack, doubt, distrust, questions, lack of resources, impossible odds, family needs, and went beyond where even we thought we could go. So we have much to celebrate. What we also did was show the power of art and dance and the astonishing and political alchemy that occurs when art and activism happen simultaneously.

Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Through trauma, cruelty, shame, oppression, violence, rape, exclusion, the body of the human species has been hurt, wounded, and we have been forced to flee our bodies. This same cruelty, rape oppression, has been enacted on the earth and the consequences have been dire. We are verging on total catastrophe and collapse of life as we know it.

Dancing allows us to come back into our bodies as individuals and groups and a world, it connects our feet to the earth and inspires us to move to her rhythms. It allows us to go further, to include everyone, to tap into a revolutionary and poetic energy, which is inviting us to take the lid off the patriarchal container releasing more of our wisdom, our self love, our sexuality, our compassion, and fierceness.

Dancing is defiance. It is joyous and raging. It is contagious and free and beyond corporate or state control. We have only begun to dance. This year we must continue to go much further. We must go all the way and make the change.





Learn more about One Billion Rising by going to their website:  http://www.onebillionrising.org/