Author Archives: Ruth Bruno

Voyeurism

  Voyeurism is the act of watching unsuspecting and non-consenting persons while they are undressing, naked, showering, or engaging in sexual activity for sexual pleasure.  Voyeuristic Disorder is defined under the Diagnositc and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders- 5th Edition (DSMV) as a paraphilic disorder. While not all those who exhibit voyeuristic behaviors meet the […]

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Unwanted Sexual Touching

  Any sexual touching that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient is sexual violence. No one has the right to touch you in any way without your consent. Touching without consent can happen anywhere. It can happen in the subway on your way to work. It can can happen in the workplace, from co-worker […]

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Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

Drug-facilitated sexual assault occurs when the person assaulted is under the influence of a mind-altering substance. Drug-facilitated sexual assault occurs in two ways: when the perpetrator drugs a person unknowingly, creating a situation where the person is easily manipulated and/or controlled, or by taking advantage of a person who is already under the influence of […]

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Human Trafficking

  Human sex trafficking is the sexual exploitation of one person in exchange of goods or money to benefit the exploiter. Human sex trafficking affects all communities around the world and does not discriminate based on culture, race, or socioeconomic level. Many mistakenly make the assumption that human trafficking doesn’t happen in their own backyards; […]

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Sexual Photos Without Consent

Sexual photos should never be taken or distributed without consent. Each person has a right to their own body, and has a right not to have nude or sexual images of that body taken without consent in any environment or relationship. Additionally, if a person consents to take and share a sexual photo or video, […]

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Possession of Child Pornography

  Child pornography is created any time an person under the age of consent is featured in pornographic pictures or videos. The child, who was exploited and victimized in the creation of that content, is re-victimized every single time these images are distributed and viewed. Additionally, creating a demand for that content through possessing it […]

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Cyber Bullying

  Cyberbullying can be a form of sexual harassment and violence that takes place over text, through social media, in gaming or other social chatrooms.  Cyberbullying often includes sending, posting, or sharing false, derogatory, personal or private information about another individual. But other forms of cyberbullying, which unfortunately have become commonplace, can turn sexually abusive […]

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The Objectification of Girls and Women

Preventing sexual objectification starts with education – about respect, about bodily autonomy, and about consent. The Alliance’s certified advocates are available if you’re interested in hosting a prevention workshop or training at your workplace, school or in your community. Let’s end this together.

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Alliance Services and Support During Covid-19

Dear Alliance Allies, Friends and Community, To protect the health and safety of our staff and those we serve, The Alliance has closed our offices and moved our staff to working remotely. We will continue to be available during regular business hours and all our staff can connect with you via phone or email during […]

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Federal Funding for Sexual Assault Kits

  Senator Richard Blumenthal joined the Alliance Thursday to highlight federal funding set aside to be used for the processing of sexual assault evidence collection kits. The latest federal budget earmarks approximately $48 million to be used to support the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. “We’re talking about respecting and honoring survivors who are willing to […]

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Returning Citizen Success ~ Life After Incarceration

When Joshua Frazer entered the criminal justice system at the age of 13, he found himself in a cycle that he would battle for years to come – leaving the system when he reached adulthood only to return when he found no support on the outside. “The problem is you have no money, you have […]

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Thank You For Joining Us On All Survivors Day

Join The Alliance and The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Sunday, Nov. 3 at state-wide rallies in front of three Connecticut cathedrals.

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“Give Victims Time” Bill Takes Effect Oct. 1

“Give Victims Time” Bill – The new bill was passed during the 2019 legislative session and is effective as of October 1, 2019. The new bill – which can be viewed in full here –  extends various deadlines for those who wish to report sexual violence and: Increases statute of limitations to 20 years from […]

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Calling For Accountability From Lyft and Uber

The Alliance was joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal in demanding further background checks and an accessible reporting system.

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Connecticut reaches “full reform” through efforts to end sexual assault kit backlog

The Joyful Heart Foundation – a national organization working to end the backlog of untested sexual assault kits – announced that Connecticut has reached “full reform” of its sexual assault backlog. This means the state meets each of the organization’s six pillars of reform and now: 1) Counts untested sexual assault kits annually 2) Tests […]

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Misleading Marketing Behind “DIY” Sexual Assault Kits

The Alliance is joined by state Attorney General William Tong in questioning the development and marketing of “do-it-yourself” sexual assault kits to be sold online by companies such as MeToo Kits and The Preserve Group.

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Tattoo Event & Fundraiser

Phoenix Ink Tattoo will be hosting their second annual “Still Not Asking For It” event to fight the stigma survivors face within the tattoo community.

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Corazón Lastimado

This art project seeks to highlight the voices of Latina, Latino, and Latinx survivors of sexual violence. Join us on April 18th and help us grow our collection.

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A Time to Act

Join us at UConn School of Law on January 15, 2019 for a conference focused on campus sexual assault prevention and intervention. Tickets are just $35.

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The Alliance Announces Leadership Transition

The search is underway for a new Executive Director of Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

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We Stand with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and All Survivors

We watched as Dr. Blasey Ford shared her testimony of a traumatic sexual assault before the Senate Judiciary Committee and millions of Americans.

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We Believe Dr. Blasey Ford

Survivors, advocates and Senator Blumenthal called for a non-partisan and trauma-informed investigation of Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations.

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Identidad Latina Radio Discusses Sexual Violence

Sheryan Cancel discussed The Alliance and its services on Identidad Latina Radio.

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Academic & Business Communities Honor Our Board Leaders

Two of our Board members were honored for their community service and exemplary leadership.

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VRCCT Attorneys Join The Alliance

The Victim Rights Center of Connecticut will be joining us.

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Meet Our Summer 2018 Intern

We are excited to introduce our new summer intern, Brianna!

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6th Annual Breakfast Photos

Special thanks to everyone who supported our event!

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Voices of Survival

We collected artwork and poems from survivors who wanted to share their stories during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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SAAM Info Booths

The Alliance and CT Department of Public Health teamed up to host an information booth at the Legislative Office Building.

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Meet Our Spring 2018 Interns

Amanda and Katrina

We are excited to introduce two new spring interns: Amanda and Katrina.

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