Sexual Violence in the News

We Stand With Survivors

The Alliance takes very seriously survivors’ need for safety, and acknowledge the fears of those who have been targets of bigotry and violence.

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Governor Malloy Pledges to Address Kit Backlog

Governor Malloy pledged to form a statewide, multidisciplinary working group to address Connecticut’s backlog of 879 sexual assault evidence collection kits.

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New Victim-Centered Laws Go Into Effect

Big Wins in the 2014 Legislative Session for Sexual Assault Victims.

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Male Lawmakers Participate in Bystander Intervention Training

During the 2014 legislative session, more than half of the Connecticut General Assembly’s male lawmakers signed on to CT’s first statewide sexual violence prevention campaign, Where Do You Stand?

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In Sexual Relations, No Substitute for ‘Yes’

This week, lawmakers will hear public testimony on making affirmative consent a state standard on CT campuses. CONNSACS intern, Meg Grant, speaks to the issue in today’s Hartford Courant!

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Consent 101 with Laci Green

The CT legislature is considering a bill to require campuses to define “affirmative consent”. To help with some of the confusion around what consent looks like, we thought we’d share this helpful video by Laci Green!

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Rape, By Any Other Name, Is Still Rape

“…men who are motivated to rape would do well with personalized prevention programs – but first the men have to admit that “forcible sexual intercourse” is and always will be rape.”

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President Obama delivers PSA at the Grammy’s

“It’s on us – all of us – to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all our young people – men and women – can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.”

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This Video of an Indian Girl Confronting her Alleged Harasser on a Flight is going Viral

“You decide the action, I will decide the reaction.”

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“It Happened Here” Documentary Screenings

A second documentary, “It Happened Here”, follows women from Amherst College, Vanderbilt University and the University of Connecticut who went public about how their schools mishandled their sexual assault cases. Screenings will be held on college campuses as part of the White House’s It’s On Us Campaign.

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Blumenthal, Murphy Tackle Women’s Health

“The 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade marked the passing of federal legislation that considerably violates women’s constitutional rights. CT Senators Murphy and Blumenthal are fighting back by proposing the Women’s Health Act.”

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See “The Hunting Ground” Official Trailer

From the director of ‘The Invisible War’, comes a powerful film about campus sexual assault. Take a look at the trailer …full movie out in March!

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The Debt

When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?

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Penn State Still Doesn’t Get It

“Suing to restore Paterno’s wins revealed a lapse of judgment on the part of Penn State supporters.”

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Connecticut Lawmakers Make Campus Sexual Assault a Priority

On Tuesday, February 11th, lawmakers held a public hearing on the proposed bill which seeks to improve the response to victims of sexual assault and increase prevention education and training at all Connecticut institutions of higher education.

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2014 Legislative Session Begins

With the 2014 Legistative Session underway, take a look at CONNSACS’ legislative priorities.

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CONNSACS Invited to join U.S. Senator Blumenthal at Roundtables on Campus Sexual Assault

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has asked CONNSACS to assist in organizing a series of roundtable discussions with students, survivors, sexual assault victim advocates, campus staff and administrators to learn more about campus sexual violence in our state.

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APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

It’s time to talk about child sexual abuse.

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President Obama Signs the Violence Against Women Act

On March 7th, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has provided funding and support to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking since 1994.

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Connecticut Rose!

We rose in Hartford! Thank you to everyone who rose up, spoke out, and danced as part of One Billion Rising. The energy was palpable, the dancing was incredible, and the speakers were powerful. This was truly a historic event.

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January is Stalking Awareness Month

6.6 million adults are stalked each year in the United States, including many survivors of sexual violence.

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STATE SUPREME COURT RELEASES DANGEROUS DECISION IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

New ruling puts victims with disabilities at risk.

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New Laws Going into Effect on Oct 1

The 2012 legislative session ended in May, but many of the laws passed during the session are just beginning to go into effect.

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CONNSACS Responds to Congressman Akin

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin recently taped a television interview in which he said that rape rarely results in pregnancy because, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

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Advocates and Congressmen Call for Passage of the “Real” VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been improving the response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking for nearly twenty years. VAWA, which was first passed in 1994 and subsequently reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, is a comprehensive legislative package that has brought together law enforcement, victim advocates, healthcare professionals, social service providers, and others to share information and use their distinct roles to improve community responses to violence against women.

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Governor Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy: It’s Time to Talk about Sexual Assault

In a new public service announcement, Governor Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy discuss the urgent need for Connecticut residents to talk about sexual violence and to reach out for help if they have been assaulted.

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