Elder Sexual Violence: The Abuse We Can Never Imagine Happening

By C.J. Boggs Bernier According to AARP, there are 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S and more than 3 million of them are already in their 70’s and 80’s. Many families are transitioning into the sandwich generation, taking care of elderly parents and still caring for children at home. 

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There Is No One Way To Be A Survivor Of Sexual Assault

by Amanda Mendoza Sexual violence impacts every aspect of an individual’s life, regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Whether the perpetrator was a friend, family member, stranger, intimate partner, co-worker, or acquaintance, sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Because trauma affects everyone differently, there is no right or

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It’s Okay to Say No to Titi

By Sheryan Cancel As a young Puerto Rican girl I was always taught to greet family members and friends with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Not only was this a greeting, but a sign of respect and affection. It was never taught to me that if I

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Is Counselor Advocate Training Class Right For You?

By Liz Halla-Mattingly “CAT class made me finally find my passion in life. I always wanted to help women and after a few bumps in the road and deciding OB/GYN was not for me, CAT class showed me the way. Not only that but the credentials that come with CAT

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How You Can Help Change the Culture Around Sexual Violence

By Joanna Flanagan April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence in our culture and what individuals can do to change that culture. Sexual violence is a very real piece of our community. According to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, nearly

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Getting Through the Holiday Blues

by Amanda Carrington As the days get colder the holiday season is kicking into full gear. December is filled with festivities that are celebrated by people from all different backgrounds. It is supposed to be a time of merriment, positivity, and gratefulness. But for some, especially survivors of sexual assault,

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The Importance of Self-Care

By Venessa Steinmetz The importance of self-care is often overlooked. People come up with many excuses as to why they don’t have time to practice this much needed part of life. Some will say they are just too busy, that their kids, their school work, or even their job get

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Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Future: The Violence Against Women Act

When voters go to the polls in 2016, they will cast their ballots for elected officials who will determine public policy on major issues that impact the lives of women, girls, and people of color. Over the next few weeks, YWCA will be sharing overviews of our priority issues int

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The importance of starting conversations about consent from a young age

By Joanna Flanagan Learning about consent is a big piece of sexual violence prevention. Consent refers to an active, voluntary, enthusiastic, straight-forward, sober and informed agreement to engage in physical or sexual activity. Essentially, it’s about respecting people’s boundaries and having conversations around what people are comfortable doing. Often, we

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Safe spaces for LGBTQ survivors are valuable and necessary

By Jessica Stepensky Over the past year, the concept of “safe spaces” has been highly debated, especially across college campuses and social media. These spaces have been criticized, mostly based on the belief that those who seek safe spaces are attempting to avoid the uncomfortable conversations that come with learning

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