Tag Archives: sexual assault

#MeToo movement ensnares Judge Roy Moore in Alabama (and other men behaving badly)

In the month since The New Yorker and The New York Times published allegations of serial sexual predatory behavior by producer Harvey Weinstein — some 100 women have now accused him of misconduct ranging from harassment to rape — people who said they had been sexually victimized have felt emboldened to voice allegations against men who had been seen as untouchable. Hollywood wracked by chaos in aftermath of sex scandals.

Actress Alyssa Milano used her Twitter account to encourage women who’d been sexually harassed or assaulted to tweet the hashtag #MeToo. This has now become a movement. The Movement of #MeToo:

The power of #MeToo, though, is that it takes something that women had long kept quiet about and transforms it into a movement. Unlike many kinds of social-media activism, it isn’t a call to action or the beginning of a campaign, culminating in a series of protests and speeches and events. It’s simply an attempt to get people to understand the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in society. To get women, and men, to raise their hands.

California Rep. Jackie Speier has brought the #MeToo movement to Congress. #MeTooCongress campaign shines a light on sexual harassment on Capitol HillWomen of Congress share #MeToo stories.

State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, has brought the #MeToo movement to the Arizona Legislature. At least five women have now publicly accused Rep. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, of making sexually charged comments, touching them inappropriately or making unwanted sexual advances. Several women accuse Arizona state Rep. Don Shooter of sexual harassment.

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1st Annual Conference on Gender-based Violence at UA

“From Betsy DeVos’s rescinding of Obama-era campus sexual assault guidelines to increasing public outcry against sexual harassment and assault, there couldn’t be a more poignant moment to discuss the most complex issues surrounding gender-based violence. At the First Annual Conference on Gender-Based Violence, we will:

-​Learn practical tools for building and participating in survivor-driven programming, activism, and advocacy
-Engage in conversation on eradicating cycles of violence and misogynistic culture
-Gain insight into how to effectively support those most vulnerable to gender-based violence

The conference will be held on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 and SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, at the University of Arizona Student Union. UA faculty, staff, and students, Tucson community leaders and activists, and health and legal advocates will come together to address complex issues surrounding the epidemic of gender-based violence and marginalized populations.

Workshops, keynotes, performances, and panel discussions will focus on how to build survivor-driven, intersectional activism and programs aimed at providing the best possible care to survivors while radically uprooting the social and cultural attitudes that recreate cycles of violence.

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Dine Out for Safety on April 19, 2017

“Someone is affected by sexual violence every 2.5 minutes.
Help us help those in need.

Join us at a participating restaurant for Dine Out for Safety and up to 20% of proceeds will be donated to support Against Sexual Assault (SACASA), operated by CODAC. SACASA works tirelessly to end sexual assault and respond to the needs of those who are affected by violence. We rely heavily on individual and corporate contributions to maintain the quality and efficiency of our programs. Show your support for our work by joining us for Dine Out for Safety!”

Click on link below to find a restaurant (updated daily):

http://www.sacasa.org/home/dine-out-for-safety/participating-restaurants/

Last Spring my son and I ate lunch at La Cocina and held up a sign for the person we were dining out for,  a friend and  known victim of sexual assault.  She had also volunteered at SACASA.

SACASA’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DineOutForSafety/

Tucson Community Take Back the Night

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“Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual event to raise public awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and support survivors in peaceful vigilance.
¡Recuperemos la Noche! (RLN) es un evento anual creado para concientizar sobre la violencia sexual y para apoyar a sobrevivientes en nuestra comunidad en un ambiente seguro.

This year’s event will include live local music, dance performances, special guest speakers, community art, a candlelight vigil, resource tables and opportunities for survivors to speak out and be supported.
Este año habrá música de artistas locales, bailes variados, arte comunitario, vigilia de luminaria, feria de recursos, y muchas oportunidades para sobrevivientes compartir sus experiencias y ser apoyados/as.

TBTN is free and open to all ages.
RLN es un evento gratuito y familiar

The House of Neighborly Services is located at 243 W 33rd St.
El local House of Neighborly Service esta ubicado en 243 W 33rd St.”

From their FB page, where you can RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694078320866441/