Author Archives: Ruth Bruno

The Alliance’s Reflections on Friday’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision

We are heartbroken by the U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented decision to upend settled law and overturn Roe vs. Wade. The decision will disproportionately impact those who are already marginalized: people […]

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Grooming 101: How to Spot it; How to Stop It

What is Grooming? Grooming is a tactic in which someone methodically builds a trusting relationship with a child or young adult, their family, and community to manipulate, coerce, or force […]

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Temporary Decrease in Federal Funding Puts Victims of Crime at Serious Risk

                              A letter signed by seven victim service organizations to Governor Lamont urged his support for […]

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Alliance Joins Blumenthal in Push to Secure State Funds for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence joined Senator Richard Blumenthal and fellow anti-violence agencies outside the Capitol building in late December to highlight the impending vote on the reauthorization […]

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8 Ways to Teach Kids about Consent and Healthy Boundaries

    Teaching bodily autonomy results in a child who is capable of setting boundaries, feels empowered to say ‘no,’ and is able to navigate a world that often does […]

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‘Children Deserve Better’: Alliance Executive Director on Preventing Abuse Depicted in ‘Allen Vs. Farrow’

Author’s Note: A version of this piece was published in the Hartford Courant on March 27, 2021. Through numerous email and phone exchanges over the course of two weeks, I […]

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Rowan Talks: Keeping the Conversation Current During Lockdown

As educators and students have had to adjust to distance learning, The Rowan Center has pivoted to do the same, making sure that education about sexual violence is still reaching […]

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Beauty For Ashes: How a Survivor Leads Healing Through Trauma-Informed Yoga

When Nikki Adams turned to yoga to heal the trauma she endured as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, she found that the same spaces which often preached inclusivity were […]

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Youth Lead the Way at Center for Family Justice’s Community Research Project

What’s the most difficult part of leading Youth-led Participatory Action Research? Ensuring that the project is, indeed, youth-led, according to violence prevention specialist Katelyn Owens.  As a facilitator at the […]

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Rayna Dyton-White: Finding Balance in the World of Defense and Community Advocacy

  “As a ‘spitfire’ teenage activist who grew into an attorney, Rayna Dyton-White’s varied background prepared her for her eventual role as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Title […]

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Johanna DeBari: A Pathway Toward Restorative Justice On Campus

  Coming to the close of a year fraught with continued challenges, Johanna DeBari has found a silver lining in the face of tumult.Social distancing amid the pandemic threatens to […]

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Therapy in the Age of Social Distancing: Women and Families Center’s Virtual Counseling Room Offers Welcoming Oasis

  As the shared experience of ‘Zoom fatigue’ sets in, those who work with children are especially strapped to find a way to keep their screen-partners engaged and connected. But […]

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Title IX Roundtable – A Collaborative Response to the Latest Revisions

Event program available here. This half-day conference includes speakers, panelists, and group discussion as we explore best practices in providing support to survivors of sexual violence on college and university […]

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New Space For New Britain – YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Services Moves In

  When the YWCA New Britain’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) opens back up to visitors, clients will be welcomed into a new, spacious area, complete with a cozy counseling […]

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Alliance Joins Every Voice Coalition In Advocating for Campus Survivor Protections

The Ct Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Every Voice Coalition CT and legislators met Monday to voice their support for a proposed bill that would extended protections for survivors of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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