Meditation and Breath techniques

By Trisha Elizarde-Miller, OCADSV Executive Administrative Assistant and Yoga Instructor

In times of stress, it is easy to retreat into what we know is comfortable or what is habitual. When we are not stressed and are asked the question, “How do you handle stress?” it is easy to come up with practices that you want to do, but may not have been able to do. So, what can you do to calm down your nervous system? The following tools listed below are suggestions. They may or may not work the first time or they may or may not work for you at all. The beauty of these practices, however, is that they may teach you something about yourself. Always approach exploration with curiosity and without expectation. Always know to press on the brake when you need to! This article is split up into three sections: Meditation & Mindfulness, Asana, and Breath Techniques.

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A Popular Education approach to sexual violence prevention

By: Marsela Rojas-Salas, El Programa Hispano Católico - Project UNICA (fmr.)

As an organization, Proyecto UNICA believes that prevention against sexual assault and anti-oppression work should begin at a young age to re-imagine a world without violence. However, often times the voices of youth of color become marginalized and misrepresented in the mainstream anti-violence movement. Proyecto UNICA’s Prevención de Agresión Sexual (PAS) team strongly believes that youth should be the practitioners of their lives with the support of adults as their allies and advocates.

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Written Testimony of Ebony Tucker, NAESV Advocacy Director, to the US Senate Judiciary Committee

To Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and committee members:     

I’m Ebony Tucker, representing the The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), the voice in Washington for the 56 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions and 1300 rape crisis centers across the country, working to end sexual violence and support survivors. 

NAESV, along with our partners on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, have advocated for the rights of survivors to always be protected, including during this hearing. We have asked that Dr. Ford be given as much input as possible, including the time, date and format of any questioning.  We have asked that this Committee ensure a safe and comfortable environment, allowing her to have support people with her and to take breaks as needed.  We have asked that this Committee repudiate personal attacks on Dr. Ford and refrain from inaccurate, stereotypical assumptions that have been refuted by research.  For example, repeating the falsehood that delayed reports of sexual assault are not credible or that gaps in memory suggest dishonesty.  None of that is true, as extensive research on the neurobiology of trauma has revealed.

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Public testimony in opposition to Oregon Ballot Measure 105

This statement was published in the November 6, 2018 Oregon Voters' Pamphlet. The text is reformatted below for legibility.

Argument in Opposition

Preserving Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law is a matter of public safety, and it is essential for crime survivors’ protection, safety, and healing.

That is why crime survivor advocates are voting No on Measure 105.

Our public safety system and the communities they serve must be able to respond to crime, hold people appropriately accountable, and take steps to prevent crime. Throwing out our anti-racial profiling law would undermine these safeguards and compromise our communities’ security.

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