Raising Sexual Violence Awareness Through Reading: Young Adult Literature and Youth Outreach

A book can be a window to the world or a mirror into one’s self. Young Adult Literature, or YA Lit, consists of books with teen readers and teen topics in mind. These books have become so popular that it is customary for them to have their own bookstore and library sections. They allow readers to look out into the experiences of other youth, or deeper into themselves while exploring a myriad of topics, such as sexual violence. 

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February 2019 is Teen Dating Violence Action Month

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (OCADSV) and the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force (AGSATF) invite you to take part in Oregon’s first official Teen Dating Violence Action Month this February.

Across the state, young people have been organizing for years with dedicated community partners to address the pervasive violence that they may experience. In order to help support these efforts, this is the first year we asked Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown to officially declare February Teen Dating Violence Action Month.

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Did you know your relationships affect your health? Advocates Support Health Systems and Survivors

By: Emily Fanjoy, Tillamook County Women's Resource Center

Domestic violence advocates are ideally positioned to collaborate with healthcare systems and providers by delivering supportive services that address the intersections of intimate partner violence and the social determinants of survivors' health.

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Be on the lookout for a series of upcoming webinars on advocacy-healthcare partnerships, starting with a review of the Oregon Guide to Health Care Partnerships on February 12th. Additional webinars in the coming months will cover specific approaches to addressing intersections of intimate partner violence and health, including:

  • substance use and chronic pain;
  • mental health and IPV;
  • reproductive health including HIV and IPV; and
  • LGBTQ health and IPV.

To receive the latest updates, subscribe to the Coalition's mailing list (on the sign-up form, be sure to mark the checkbox for Healthcare Advocacy Partnerships).

What does leadership mean to you?

By: Renee Kim, MSW, LCSW, OCADSV Equity and Access Coordinator

In the world of domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, there are plenty of opportunities for leadership and sometimes your job title matches and other times not, what is most important is that you feel valued and respected for the job you currently hold at your agency.  You do not have to have the word director, manager, or supervisor in your job title to be a fabulous leader.  I define leadership by actions matching your words in the work place.  Many of us internalize messages we hear from our families, friends, and community around us to define ourselves and that can be either a positive or negative experience. If you identify yourself from a traditionally marginalized community you have other barriers to equity and access that are seen and unseen. 

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