Do you want to learn more about sexual violence and how to support survivors of sexual violence? In the webinar below, we will go over some necessary information about sexual violence and its impact on survivors. Participants will walk away with some concrete steps they can take to support survivors of sexual violence and end sexual violence.Watch Here!
2. Reach out to the survivors you know to check in, offer support, and send love.
3. Reach out safely to those you think are vulnerable to abuse to offer distractions, food, access to technology or support.
4. Take the opportunity to teach your children about consent while you’re home together. Some easy tips for any age can be found here.
5. Become a critical consumer of media while you’re getting in extra screen time. The next time you see sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism or any of the other bias that allow sexual violence to thrive in our society, stop and have a conversation about it.
6. Commit yourself to helping to prevent sexual violence when life returns to “normal.” As we witness global community-based prevention efforts in response to a pandemic, get inspired by the possibilities of preventing sexual violence through shared responsibility and community accountability.
Interim Director, Reentry Services for the City of Hartford, Co-chair of the Greater Hartford Reentry Council
With the support and leadership of Sue Gunderman, Interim Director of Reentry Services for the City of Hartford and Co-Chair of the Greater Hartford Reentry Council, The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence has been able to share its work to end sexual violence among several re-entry roundtables across the state.
The warm welcome the Alliance has received to present its services to statewide re-entry service providers, tour the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center and even be included on the CT Reentry Collaborative website may seem like small steps, however, they make a world of a difference to
survivors within these communities. Sexual violence exists within a multitude of systems and the
criminal justice system is no exception.
Through the collaboration of especially the Greater Hartford Reentry Council and the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the state of Connecticut has been able to reach far more survivors within these spaces than ever before. The challenges and barriers to disclosing sexual assault are exponential, and it is in the visibility and partnership between our organizations that communicate to survivors everywhere that we support them and we believe them.
Thank you to Sue Gunderman for the work you have done to transform reentry in the state of
Connecticut and for what you do to help the many survivors of sexual violence that are coming back home from incarceration.
The CT Reentry Collaborative is made up of ten active reentry roundtables located in Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Southeastern CT, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and Windham. Each roundtable is a collaboration of state and local organizations working together to identify needs and address gaps in services for individuals returning home from incarceration.
Individuals with lived experience are encouraged to join this network and work alongside these providers to find real solutions. This collaborative builds relationships with organizations and agencies across Connecticut to foster successful reentry, eliminate barriers, reduce recidivism and increase public safety. It is coordinated by Andrew Clark, Director of the Institute of Municipal & Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University.
During this month, we’d like to honor Antoinette “Toni” Dickey as our final “hero of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Infusing her passion and energy into the Alliance team since 2017, Toni brings her financial skills from the insurance industry to serve as a board member and treasurer of the Alliance’s board of directors. Toni first learned of the Alliance several years ago at an event meant to match non-profit executives with highly-qualified board candidates from major employers, across various industries. .
When Toni met Alliance board members and heard about the Post Conviction Victim Services, she was sold on the idea of becoming a fellow board member, she said. . “I thought that was wonderful just that a team like that exists,” said Toni. “I’d never heard of what’s done for the victim when [an offender] gets out of prison,” she said.
Toni is close with her sister, who serves as a Hartford police officer, which brings her a unique awareness of the high volume of sexual violence that the criminal justice system sees. . “The work they do is amazing and important,” she said of the Post Conviction Services Team. .
While her career in insurance is still ongoing, Toni still finds time to spend with her sister, niece and “newlywed” husband whom she met six years ago at the Hartford Jazz Festival. ‘”With the support of my family I’m able to focus on my work,” she said, adding that she finds it important to carve out time to dedicate to non-profits. “It’s just that the work is so important, so I keep going.”
This month, we’re calling out various forms of sexual violence and drawing attention to how it seeps into our everyday lives. Whether it’s sexual violence we see in media, in the workplace or at home, its pervasive nature builds an oppressive culture that damages and stigmatizes.
All survivors of sexual violence – of any and all forms – are valid. We see you and stand with you.
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