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“1 in 6:” Society needs to start believing male survivors

“1 in 6:” Society needs to start believing male survivors

“Dude, she was hot!” “You’re so lucky that she banged you!” “We all know you enjoyed it.” “Men can’t be raped.”  The above are all common phrases a male hears after disclosing he’s been raped or sexually assaulted. In society’s mind, sexual assault and rape only...

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Family Violence: Don’t forget about our furry loved ones

Family Violence: Don’t forget about our furry loved ones

Planning to leave an abusive relationship or violent situation can be frightening. Not only do survivors of domestic violence worry about themselves and their children, they worry about the safety of their four-legged family members.  “What shelter would take me, my...

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Understanding dating violence & what we can do about it

Understanding dating violence & what we can do about it

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, where young people across the country join in a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence. In the U.S., 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence before they become adults, according...

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Stalking Awareness Month: Tips to use technology safely

Stalking Awareness Month: Tips to use technology safely

In a world where stalking is common — according to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness & Resource Center — learning technology safety can be a vital tool during frightening situations.  During their lifetime, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men will experience stalking,...

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Hospital Advocacy: Emotional support in the aftermath of sexual violence

Hospital Advocacy: Emotional support in the aftermath of sexual violence

Most people volunteer or choose to go into “helping” professions because they want to make a difference in the lives of others. This is the very reason I serve on DOVE Center’s Hospital Advocate Response Team (HART). Over the years, I’ve enjoyed volunteering in a variety of ways- from schools and soup kitchens and church organizations, to a non-profit hospice for the indigent, and even a celebrity concert series. But of all the capacities in which I’ve served, hospital advocacy is currently the most meaningful for me.

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