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When Domestic Violence Victims Face Eviction For Calling The Cops

A new bill hopes to keep victims from being punished for their abuser’s actions.
By Melissa Jeltsen

Imagine you’re a woman trying to extricate yourself from an abusive relationship, and your ex won’t leave you alone. The cops have been called to your apartment on more than one occasion. One night, he breaks into your apartment, smashing a window and causing some property damage. Another night, an ambulance screams up your street to fetch you after neighbors find you bloodied in the hallway.

Then you find out you’re being evicted for causing too much trouble.

While it sounds outrageous, it’s not uncommon for survivors of domestic violence to lose their housing due to crimes committed against them. A new bill, introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), is trying to put an end to that.

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Huffington Post - July 14, 2016

Intimate Partner Violence: Do You Know the Signs?

By: Marla Kelly, M.D.

Jennifer watched the public service announcement on TV about domestic violence and shook her head sadly. She felt sorry for the woman being shoved against the wall by her partner. That evening when Jennifer’s husband returned home from work in another “bad mood,” she was very careful not to say or do anything that might upset him. But it didn’t matter. He lost his temper again and exploded in front of the children. He screamed at Jennifer, his face inches from hers, calling her awful names. Jennifer felt humiliated and frightened, but made no connection between herself and the victim of domestic violence she had seen on the TV earlier.

What is Intimate Partner Violence?

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Northern Virginia Magazine - May 28, 2013

After fight to keep him behind bars, NC news anchor learns fate of rapist

By Web Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina news anchor that fought to keep her rapist behind bars has learned his fate.

Earlier this year, WBTV anchor Maureen O’Boylelearned that the man who raped her in 1986 had an upcoming parole hearing and could be released.

Continue Reading Full Article - May 21, 2016

Sexual assault survivors now have a basic federal bill of rights

By Anna Merod
Jan. 27, 2016 - Washington, DC, United States - UNITED DCS - JANUARY 27: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the impact of heroin and prescription drug abuse on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).  (Credit Image: © Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/NC via ZUMA Press)

A bill shaping a federal model for sexual assault survivors’ basic rights passed unanimously in the Senate Monday, with the hope of inspiring states to follow suit.

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act passed as a part of the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act, which extends funding for programs registering sex offenders. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the bill in February after she met with 24-year-old Amanda Nguyen, a survivor who has faced complex policies in order to keep her rape kit intact. Nguyen, Shaheen wrote in a piece forMedium, must return to Massachusetts, the state of her assault, every six months in order to prevent her evidence from being destroyed.

Continue Reading Full Article - May 24, 2016

Building Brainerd's resilience: Could research on childhood trauma change society?

By Chelsea Perkins

What if one area of research could prevent some of society's biggest problems?

Researchers say an ever-expanding pool of data on the effects of childhood trauma—and how to counteract those effects—might be the key to alleviating countless societal problems. These include criminality, substance abuse, mental health problems and some of the leading causes of death.

Continue Reading Full Article - May 29, 2016

Rape & Abuse Survivors Are Making A Powerful Statement With This Project

By Sara Coughlin
monument - June 01, 2016

‘You took away my worth’: A sexual assault victim’s powerful message to her Stanford attacker

By Lindsey Bever

She’s known in local newspapers as 23-year-old “Emily Doe” — a pseudonym to protect her privacy amid an emotional court battle in which former Stanford University varsity swimmer Brock Allen Turner was found guilty for her sexual assault.

Prosecutors said that in January 2015, witnesses saw Turner sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus.

The case came to a close Thursday when the judge sentenced Turner to six months in county jail and then probation, and ordered him to register as a sex offender over three sexual assault convictions: assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person,according to Palo Alto Online.

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Washington Post - June 4, 2016

Tips for Safely Reaching Out for Support

By Lauren C.

Being in a relationship should not mean you lose your right to privacy or your right to talk to whomever you like. But in an abusive relationship, an abusive person may isolate their partner from sources of support. This is often done by checking their partner’s call log and text history or denying their partner the right to a phone.

Reaching out for support when you’re in an abusive relationship is scary, especially if there are barriers to having a safe phone. If you are having trouble finding a safe way to communicate with others for support, below are some options to consider:

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