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Old January 12th, 2001, 10:26 PM   #1
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What can each of us do to end violence against women and children? How can we best help someone we know who is in an abusive situation?
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Old August 18th, 2001, 09:13 PM   #2
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Until the Violence Stops


The V-Day International Stop Rape Contest is an initiative designed to produce innovative and effective strategies to stop rape worldwide. The contest, which is facilitated for V-Day by the human rights organization, Equality Now http://www.equalitynow.org/vday, is in its second year and is open to women and girls of all ages.


V-Day is a movement to end violence against women. It is a vision of human life in which all women and girls live free, equal, safe and with dignity. Last February 10, 2001, V-Day held the Gathering To End Violence Against Women where the first STOP-RAPE Contest occurred. Three winners were announced and their STOP-RAPE action plans are being funded for implementation. V-Day is also funding an additional eight STOP-RAPE Contest action plans for implementation throughout the world. This year again, V-Day is seeking new ideas for strategies to STOP RAPE through its STOP-RAPE CONTEST 2002.


Women and girls of any age can enter the contest. Any submission from more than one woman or girl must clearly indicate the name of the group leader. By entering the contest, entrants agree to abide by the following contest rules. Employees or contractors of V-Day and immediate family members of V-Day employees or contractors are not eligible for this contest.


Action plans must be 2 pages or less. Action plans must contain all the relevant contact information posted below. They can be submitted in Arabic, English, French or Spanish. Action plans must include a detailed budget not to exceed US $25,000 (in addition to the 2 pages or less). The ability to generate an effective plan that will cost less than this maximum amount will also be used as criteria in judging. Action plan strategies should be creative and innovative. They can be long term or immediate, strategic or improvisational. They may be unconventional, outrageous, funny, or daring. Most importantly, they should be effective.


Action plans must be received by a Regional Coordinator no later than November 30, 2001. Submissions for USA/Canada/English-speaking Caribbean e-mail to: noelle@f...


Three winners will be selected and announced by January 11, 2002. Only the winners will be notified. Judging will be done by the Regional Coordinators collectively, who are activists from around the world working to stop violence against women.


The three winners will have the opportunity to see their action plans implemented in their countries by women s organizations or networks of women selected by V-Day. Winners under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian sign a release form on her behalf.


The Prize winners grant the right to V-Day to use their winning entries and names and likeness for any advertising, promotional, trade or other purpose without compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. By entering the contest, entrants represent that their action plan to stop rape is their original work. The Prize winners agree that V-Day and any of the contest sponsors, and persons connected with the use, marketing, or conduct of this contest shall have no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss or damage of any kind, arising out of participation in this contest. The Prize is not transferable unless agreed to by the contest sponsors. The contest will be subject to local laws in all jurisdictions. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.










Noelle Colome
Director of Public Action
Family Violence Prevention Fund


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Old October 26th, 2001, 06:38 PM   #3
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We talked about this a few weeks ago in Woman to Woman

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I really think the most important thing we can do as a society is change how we look at the crime in general. When you say someone stole your checkbook, the police assume you are telling the truth and so do your friends. They think "what a slime, I'm surprised I didn't know." When you say you've been raped there is always someone (and at times many someones) who doubt it or worse...don't think you should complain about it.

Okay...back to ghost hunting
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Old July 7th, 2004, 09:24 PM   #4
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Look <a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/index.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">here</a> for information.

<p>First, we need to understand domestic violence and dispel many of the myths surrounding it.<br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/battering.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">Why Does Domestic Violence Happen?</a><br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/leave.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">Why Do Women Stay? Why Don't They Leave?</a><br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/abuse.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">The Types of Abuse</a><br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/cycle.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">The Cycle of Abuse</a><br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/effects.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">The Effects of Abuse</a><br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/what-to-do.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">What to Do if You are in an Abusive Relationship</a><br><br>We can offer suggestions based on<br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/help.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">Getting Help</a><br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/others.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">How Friends and Families Can Help</a><br><br>Although some abusers don't see their behavior as wrong or criminal, some do and want to change:<br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/abuser.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">If You Are Abusive</a><br><br>We can support a work colleague who is in an abusive relationship a number of different ways — brown bag lunches facilitated by an advocate from a battered women's shelter or from law enforcement, developing a safety plan for the workplace, educating employees about domestic violence and posting information in cafeterias, employee lounges and washrooms... One day a week, employees from your company can offer to help at a battered women's shelter, doing yard work or with painting and other maintenance jobs. Similarly, set up a hamper in your workplace to collect blankets, toys, and gently used clothing. Don't forget that battered women may also need business attire -- some consignment shops hand over whatever doesn't sell to shelters, but why not set up a hamper for this purpose?<br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/work.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">Domestic Violence in the Workplace</a><br><br>Medical and legal services can become educated on the issue and develop empathy.<br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/pros.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">How Professionals Can Respond</a><br><br>And finally, we can dispel homophobia and the notion that abuse doesn't occur in same-sex relationships. It does. Advocates, counselors and group facilitators are well advised to learn about abuse in lesbian relationships so they can better respond to the unique needs of lesbian women who are abused. Many fear disclosing their abuse because of the stigma associated with being gay and because they feel disclosure would also mean having to disclose their orientation (if they are not yet "out.")<br><a href="http://www.womensweb.ca/violence/dv/lesbian.php" style="color: red; text-decoration: underline">Abuse in Lesbian Relationships</a></p>
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Old August 7th, 2004, 03:31 PM   #5
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from AuntieWOW: "How can we best help someone we know who is in an abusive situation?"

Was this a hypothetical question, or about someone you know personally? If the latter, how is the person now? (Hopefully, they got out.)

Okay, if it were someone where I live (FL), I'd ask if they'd be willing to call the police, public defender's office, a restraining order, etc. Fortunately, there's a spouse abuse center nearby; it has, thankfully, grown substantially since I got out of my first (& abusive) marriage 10 years ago. Not that I need it in my current marriage, thank God.
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Old August 7th, 2004, 06:54 PM   #6
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Excellent resources! My first marriage followed the cycle of abuse exactly, but I didn't understand what was happening. The very first time he hit me, we were living in Germany. The quickest flight home was three days away. He didn't think I'd actually take Pirate and go. He actually drove us to the airport and it wasn't until we were in the ticketed passengers only area that he realized I was serious. He tried to follow and two guards with machine guns blocked his way. One of the best memories of my experiences with him.

My second husband would never ever even think about hurting me. He worked hard for the first couple years of our marriage helping Pirate and I to stop flinching if he appeared even minimaly aggressive. A kind and patient man, he has completely stolen my heart.
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Old November 20th, 2004, 05:22 PM   #7
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COLOR=deeppink]For a school project I need to write a paper on the improvement on the way women are treated in India. I have a pretty good paper, but I'd like some inside perspective if you know what I mean. It's kinda short notice, cause it has to be done tonight so anybody that can help me, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS A.S.A.P!!! THANKS SO MUCH![/color]

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Old November 20th, 2004, 11:32 PM   #8
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I'm not going to offer to write substantive portions for you -- that's not the objective of the assignment. However, bride burning is a centuries-old practice in India, despite laws intended to safeguard against it and against abuses of the caste system.

You might want to try to do a Google search on honor killings and/or on bride burning.

You'll find ample resources and statistics!

Good luck on the paper.
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Old August 30th, 2006, 08:50 AM   #9
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