NYSCASA Monthly Digest – November 2020

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Coalition News


NYSCASA Joins Civil Rights Groups Nationwide in Condemning White House Move to Censor Race and Gender Equity

One hundred and twenty-one civil rights groups and allies, including NYSCASA, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the National Women’s Law Center, recently issued a statement condemning the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping issued by President Trump on September 22, 2020.

Instead of seeking effective solutions to dismantle racism and misogyny at a time when so many are calling for transformative policy solutions, the current administration has issued a burdensome and divisive executive order, seeking to broadly curtail and deter diversity, equity, and inclusion training efforts by government agencies, federal contractors and sub-contractors, federal grantees, and the U.S. military.

Read the full statement here.


New Blog Post: How Is Yoga a Trauma-Informed Practice?

Chrys Ballerano, Senior Director for Collaboration and Training, recently penned a blog post for the New York State Trauma-Informed Network. Chrys explores how yoga can be a helpful tool for healing, empowerment, and self-care, and reflects on her recent webinar offerings on yoga as a trauma-informed practice. Click here to read more, and click here to learn more about the NYS Trauma-Informed Network.


NYSCASA Joins Coalitions Nationwide in Signing “Moment of Truth” Statement

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and ongoing violence experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), nearly 50 sexual assault and domestic violence coalitions, including NYSCASA, signed on to the following statement.

As an organization dedicated to ending sexual violence, NYSCASA is committed to ending oppression in all of its forms, including racism, white supremacy, and state-sanctioned violence. NYSCASA stands in solidarity with calls for justice and accountability for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others whose lives have been taken by anti-Black violence. Read statements released this summer here and here.


All New Yorkers Encouraged to Support Survivors During COVID-19 Crisis

We are still experiencing a pandemic. During this time of crisis, sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse will continue to occur – most likely at increased rates than ever before. The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Prevent Child Abuse New York encourage New Yorkers to support their friends, family members, or colleagues whenever they seek help.

Read our joint statement and learn about available resources here.


Ending Violence Without Violence Virtual Training Series

NYSCASA is pleased to revisit our 2020 webinar series, Ending Violence Without Violence. The series will introduce participants to the core principles of Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, Community Accountability, and other community-centered approaches to violence prevention and response. Participants will develop a shared analysis of interpersonal violence—specifically sexual violence—and a shared understanding of the importance of community-based approaches to sexual violence prevention and intervention. The webinar series will underscore the importance of building communities that can prevent sexual violence, respond to harm, and heal trauma.

Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming webinars and virtual learning opportunities! Click here to sign up for our Ending Violence Without Violence mailing list.


Calm in the Chaos

Join NYSCASA on November 17 at 11:00 AM for a webinar with Beth Sabo Novik, BS, LMT, CH, on self-care and strategies to stay calm amidst the chaos of today’s world. Registration is required. Click here to register.


Billing for a Forensic Rape Exam

Join NYSCASA on November 18 at 1:00 PM for a webinar with Shelby Foster, Esq., on how to complete and file the Office of Victim Services Direct Reimbursement Claim Form, as well as common billing/reimbursement issues and other frequently asked questions. Registration is required. Click here to register.


Sexual Violence in the News


In first presidential election post-Me Too, survivors of sexual violence largely invisible

Analysis: “When it comes to choosing a presidential candidate, we constantly have to take the violence that we have experienced and set it aside for the greater good,” says one sociologist. Read more here.


7 in 10 who report sexual harassment face retaliation, new Time’s Up study finds

“The findings reveal the courage it takes for people to come forward and report the harassment and abuse they’re experiencing in the workplace,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and a co-founder of the Time’s Up fund, in a statement. Read more here.


What you should know about reproductive coercion

“The most common form of reproductive coercion we see in study after study is a partner telling a young person not to use birth control,” Heather McCauley, an assistant professor at MSU’s School of Social Work and one of the researchers of the MSU study, tells Teen Vogue. Read more here.


No more Clery Act handbook

A move by the Education Department to simplify Clery Act reporting requirements is causing concerns about increasing confusion. Read more here.