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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 Center for Family Justice’s ‘Pathways to Justice’ program, Owens has been busy coming up with ways to make sure the seven young students are leading […]

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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 IX Coordinator at the University of St. Joseph. Her transition from court to campus, while unexpected, was a natural fit for Dyton-White who’d also worked […]

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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 depersonalize the student survivors she strives to support at Wesleyan University as Director of the Office of Support, Healing, Activism, and Prevention Education (SHAPE). And […]

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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 with a little inspiration from Pinterest, one Women and Families Center advocate was able to bring a personalized touch to brighten what can often be […]

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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 campuses in our state in light of the recently released, revised Title IX regulations. Viewers will have the opportunity to learn what prevention and response […]

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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 room and modern conference space. The new space allows advocates to collaborate and consult each other without interruption as they work to support survivors from […]

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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 sexual violence on college and university campuses and express a need for the bill to be heard during Connecticut’s upcoming special session of the general […]

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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 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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Proposed Title IX Changes Would Roll Back Protections and Harm Students

We stand in strong opposition to the proposed rules.

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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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