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
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
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
By Sheryan Cancel Every culture is different and not just in the obvious ways like food, clothing and even language. One thing that is not immediately noticeable is our beliefs and upbringing in regards to relationships. Everything we know is learned from parents, friends, school and others in the community.
by Jacqueline Lopez According to takebackthenight.org, the history of Take Back the Night (TBTN) spans more than half a century. Decades ago, women from different countries in Europe met as a tribunal council to discuss women’s safety when walking on public streets. In the United States, there were Take Back
By Christine Cherrone I've been a volunteer at YWCA New Britain’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) for about a year and a half. I originally got involved through a friend on the staff. I had heard all about her experiences but until my first hospital call, I had no real