April 16, 2015

The Voices of Ohio

Becky Perkins, Communications Coordinator
There are voices that can easily be found. In offices, locker rooms, family rooms, and lunchrooms, they resonate: the voices of ordinary people discussing news of the latest public figure to be accused of sexual assault. In blogs, chat rooms, social media posts, and media websites, you can read ...
January 15, 2015

When Justice Meets Healing

Becky Perkins, Communications Coordinator
Prior to coming to OAESV, I worked for several years for a local rape crisis program. Over and over again, I witnessed first-hand the trauma that victims of sexual violence suffer and the difficulty many endure while participating in the criminal justice system. It was easy for me to become ...
April 11, 2014

Taking a Stand for Survivors in Ohio

Becky Perkins, Communications Coordinator
In a dark bedroom in a small town, a woman is unable to sleep. She knows that when she closes her eyes, the terror and humiliation will play out in the camera of her mind, tormenting her once again. She lies in silence, afraid to close her eyes, afraid to breathe, afraid to move. Will you help ...
March 26, 2014

Refusing the privilege of silence: An open letter to my fellow advocates

Becky Perkins, Communications Coordinator
As my fingers type, I can feel it – pressure, hesitation, even dread. Is it even possible to write a blog post about being an aspiring ally for women of color in leadership in the rape crisis field without making a total fool of myself? Should I even try? Won't I inevitably make a mistake, ...