October 20, 2020

Joint Statement - THE TIME IS NOW: Victim-Service Agencies in Ohio Need Government Officials to Step Up and Provide Funding

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center, Ohio Domestic Violence Center, Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, and Ohio Victim Witness Association
In an era of reduced taxes and efforts to slim down federal agencies, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant should have been a conflict-free solution to funding the non-profits our government relies on to support crime victims. Developed by the Reagan Administration, the VOCA fund is comprised ...
October 7, 2020

Darkness to Light Spotlight: Supporting Hispanic Survivors

Darkness to Light
This blog originally appeared on the blog of Darkness to Light, an amazing organization working to end child sexual abuse, as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight. Read the original post here. This week we sat down with Rosa Beltré to discuss the nuances and best practices of ...
October 3, 2020

6 Tips for Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Kasie Holmes, M.A., M.S.; Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern; OAESV Collaborative Partner
When defining trauma, we often limit the definition to a catastrophic and explicitly physical, violent event. Through this definition, we inadvertently remove ourselves from the notion that we, too, may have experiences with trauma and that trauma is normalized in today’s society. Simply put, ...
August 24, 2020

Profiting Off of Our Fear

Caitlin Burke, OAESV Prevention Specialist
I was scrolling mindlessly through Facebook a few weeks ago (as one does during a pandemic) and suddenly a post caught my eye. “BUY 1 SPORTS BRA, GET 3 MASKS FREE!!” Ok, weird combination. Of course, I went straight to the comments to see what others were saying and luckily there were lots ...
August 4, 2020

It is a Box but It Is Also a Prison: Rethinking Conversations On Masculinity

Jayvon Howard, Engaging Men Coordinator, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Photo by Donald Tong from Pexels In these times of civil unrest, we have heard global calls from communities on defunding and abolishing the police. I have myself been in many conversations examining the questions of: what would it look like to live in a community without police? What does it ...
July 3, 2020

Advocacy Within and Without Title IX

Becca Getson, OAESV Legal Advocate
Title IX regulations have been released. Like proverbial hounds released after a long wait. On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released codified rules, altering and amending the ways institutions respond to cases of sex discrimination. As of June 23, 2020, Title IX is now 48 years ...