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AprilAs part of Alianza’s recognition of April as National Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Month we would like to list a few readings and resources:

  1. Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide supports service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. It focuses on the six protective factors, which have been proven to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect, and provides tools and strategies to integrate the protective factors into existing programs and systems.  See Working With Families: The Six Protective Factors.  Lea en Español/Read in Spanish).

  2. The Goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  For more information go to: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home

  3. We recommend two blogs by Olga Trujillo, an attorney, child abuse survivor and women’s advocate: How to Help Someone who has been Sexually Abused or Raped at www.olgatrujillo.com and The Power of Culture at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-sum-my-parts/201304/the-power-culture

  4. For SAAM outreach tools in Spanish see Arte Sana’s work on http://pinterest.com/creactivista/saam-actividades/ including their new digital outreach tool SAAM! Dichos or popular sayings that can be used for discussing & dismantling rape culture assumptions with Spanish-speaking populations. You can also visit and Like Arte Sana’s Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arte-Sana/394771965120

  5. Learn about Working to End the Rape Kit Backlog (a project of the Joyful Heart Foundation) at http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/advocacy_rapekitbacklog.htm Every year, more than 200,000 individuals report their rape to the police. Almost all are asked to have a rape kit collected in order to help identify unknown perpetrators, confirm the presence of a known assailant, corroborate the victim's account of the rape, and exonerate innocent suspects. To accomplish these things, the kits must be tested. Yet, in the United States, it is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police storage and crime lab facilities simply waiting to be tested. Untested rape kits represent lost justice for rape victims, as they often mean a rape investigation was cut short before the offender could be brought to justice. Joyful Heart is seeking justice for survivors by working in partnership with government, nonprofits, advocates and survivors to bring attention, funding and new legislation to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits across the country.

phoca thumb l jenni rivera 1Alianza—the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence joins the countless people on both sides of the border who are mourning the death of Jenni Rivera. The Banda Diva and La Gran Señora, as she was known to her millions of fans, died in a plane crash in the early hours of December 9, 2012. At 43, in addition to being a mother and grandmother, Jenni was a highly acclaimed and much loved singer, songwriter, performer, producer, realty TV star, radio show host, fashion designer and a successful and savvy businesswoman.

And as though that were not enough, Jenni was also an outspoken advocate for causes that were close to her heart. She used her celebrity status to bring attention to and champion the rights of survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. On August 6, 2010, she was named national spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That same year she marched against Arizona's SB 1770, calling the law racist and discriminatory and performed for supporters on the state capitol steps.


Arte Sana and IowaCASA Invite You to Attend Their:
Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) 2013
National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference

A national gathering of Latin@ victim advocates, prevention specialists, survivors, and allies promoting the engagement of Latin@s as agents of change in addressing sexual violence.

April 1-2, 2013
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Des Moines - Northwest
Des Moines, Iowa

Early Bird registration now open!


Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk

Adelita M. Medina, Executive Director of Alianza—the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and Dawn Maestas, DV survivor, Alianza consultant, and Albuquerque business owner, will be two of the guest speakers at this year's Memorial Walk. They will join Josie Ashton and dozens of other marchers in New York City on September 26, 2012. Josie is the originator of the first Brides March which took place on September 26, 2001. That year, Josie, who was immensely moved by the murder and outraged at the media and community's insensitive response, walked in her own wedding gown from New York, through several states along the East Coast to her home state of Florida in an attempt to draw attention to the horrors of domestic violence.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EDT)
Where: New York City
Help Remember Victims of Domestic Violence & Raise Awareness About the Horrors of Family Violence. The estimated six-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. in Washington Heights (Manhattan); travels through and stops in the South Bronx and Harlem, and ends in East Harlem about 5 p.m.

See Alianza photo gallery
For Additional Details about the march and to register @ www.bridesmarch.com

On August 10, 2012, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to advance the rights and status of women and girls, to promote gender equality in U.S. foreign policy, and to bring about a world in which all individuals can pursue their aspirations without the threat of violence.

Violence against women and girls cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level, and international borders. Although statistics on the prevalence of violence vary, the scale is tremendous, the scope is vast, and the consequences for individuals, families, communities, and countries are devastating.

An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence experienced by women globally. Other forms of violence include human trafficking and, sexual violence (including its use as a tactic of war), and harmful traditional practices, such as early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, and "honor" killings.


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