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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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

The days are growing shorter, the radiant sun giving way to the brisk breezes of fall, and once again Domestic Violence Awareness Month approaches. We are pleased to be partnering with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) to promote the Awareness + Action = Social Change campaign.

Are you planning community awareness events for DVAM? Please submit info about your events for us so we can signal-boost your great work. 

Coalition member programs will receive posters, stickers, and other campaign materials by mail before October (these resources will also be made available on this page shortly) . We will also be releasing weekly mailings throughout the month containing events happening throughout Oregon and additional resources for supporting survivors and educating communities.

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Creating safer spaces for our Coalition community

As an organization, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence recognizes that oppression is a root cause of sexual and domestic violence. As such, actively engaging in anti-oppression work is vital to ending sexual and domestic violence. These principles are at the core of our organization’s mission and philosophy statements; individual and program members agree to these upon joining the Coalition and renewing their membership annually.

Acknowledging this, we would like to address a bias incident which was brought to our attention, involving several members of our community during a Coalition-organized event. This is not the first time racism and other forms of oppression have manifested in our spaces, and we acknowledge the harm this specific incident has caused. We’re writing today to reaffirm our commitment to anti-oppressive principles and practices, and invite you to join us as we continue to navigate this vital work.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2018 Prevention Through Liberation Grant Program

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The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, is pleased to announce the Prevention Through Liberation project!

This project seeks to fund and support 1-3 culturally specific, Tribal, or culturally responsive community-based sexual violence programs to conduct sexual violence prevention work in marginalized communities using an anti-oppression framework.

We are accepting applications now through August 15th, 2018. Please contact Meagan Schorr at [email protected] or (503) 230-1951 ext. 300 with any questions.

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When Self-Care becomes Collective Care

By Trisha Elizarde-Miller, OCADSV Executive Administrative Assistant
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When was the last time you took a day off from work to focus on your own healing and restoration? In our movement to end domestic and sexual violence, particularly during a socio-political climate where tensions are constant, often times our response to those tensions is to act. There is a sense where ‘taking a break’ or ‘taking time off’ might feel impossible and that there is so much responsibility that is carried.

There is a principle called ahimsa which is one of the yamas of the eight limbs of yoga. It is a practice of nonviolence toward self and towards others. This yoga teaching emphasizes that in order to prevent and address violence in our world, you must address that within yourself. It is easy to participate in harmful internal dialogue that you have to keep pushing forward in this work even if it is at the expense of your health.

Where to start? Helpful resources focused on enhancing sexual assault services in dual/multi-service organizations

Within the last 15 years, the Resource Sharing Project, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sibling coalitions, and others have developed valuable resources for the SA/DV field focused on how we can ensure SA services are internally and externally strong within dual/multi-service organizations. These resources provide guidance on prevention, intervention, and systems change programming specific to SA services.

Within this first piece of the series, the goal is to provide an overview of several strong resources currently available regarding enhancing SA services in dual/multi-service organizations. Whether your program is in its initial phase of developing SA services or if you have been providing strong services for years, this article will provide information that can support your SA work.

The Gift of Peace

Starting on November 23rd, buy paper doves at any Jacksons Food Stores location to support the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Proceeds from the Give the Gift of Peace Campaign benefit our public policy and legislative efforts to increase and improve services for domestic violence survivors. Check out our infographic to learn how your donations are put to good use!

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