Dec. 13, 2002
Read these SW stories to keep remembering why we do what we do:
Gayle A. Cooke killed January
Crystal Marie Maquire Killed
April 23, 2000
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NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
*Great work Nancy. I hope thousands of young women read this article and have safer lives as a result.
Nebraska: We need your
We did our Silent Witness project in Beatrice, Nebraska during the week of October 7-11. I am sending you a copy of our agenda for the week. We put this in the paper, we had two other articles in the paper about the Silent Witness project, I went to all of the churches in our town and put the agenda in the Sunday programs they pass out along with baskets of purple ribbons to wear during the month, and we did not have ANYONE show up on Monday or Friday except family and two co-workers.
I am not sure what more we could have done. We put the silhouettes up outside at the Court House and many people went by and read the shields, but again we had no one at our ceremony. One thought we had for next year is to put the a couple silhouettes up at our local mall, the Wal-Mart store, and the public Library the week before our presentation and see if that will help. Do you or any of your readers have any suggestions at all for us? We were very disappointed, and I think we were angry because of all of the work we had put into this project. Some words of support will help us a lot!!
I was very sorry to hear about the Wellstones also. I am sorry you lost your friends, I know how empty that leaves you feeling. I think the shawl idea is wonderful and I am going to try to get a couple of my friends who knit to each make a couple of shawls. I hope your holiday was pleasant. Now we must gear-up for Christmas!
Monday October 7, 2002 6:30 Opening Ceremony: Shelley Mayhew: Victim and Family Advocate Presentation of Victims: Placing the silhouettes on the Court House lawn. Mayor Julie Everson, Wymore: Keynote Speaker Carmen Grummert: Program Director of Blue Valley Crisis Intervention Testimonials: Survivors of Domestic Violence Jan Deeds: Director of Women’s Programs University of Nebraska Lincoln Closing: Pastor Doug Gunkelman Take Back The Night: sang by Jan Deeds
Friday October 11, 2002 6:30
Speakers: Shelley Mayhew : Gage County Advocate for Blue Valley Crisis
Intervention Police Chief: Bruce Lang
Please contact Trudy at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Trudy, I hope you hear from lots of people who can tell you that it is worth it to try different ways to reach people and not to give up. I want to reiterate that you are doing a great job and it is not always the number of people who show up but WHO shows up. One person can change things in Nebraska.
This exciting note came from Jocelynn Hosea-Davis, a student at Madison's Edgewood College.
I'm a part of an on-campus group by the name of the Peer Educators. We made 6 silhouettes and placed them at high traffic areas around our campus, such as the two cafeterias, and the Library. (In the month of November, specifically November 18-24, 2002). The stories used were of women from the Wisconsin area who were murdered because of domestic violence. We took pictures of the exhibit and we were wondering if you would like to put them on your web site. (Note: see college portion of web site for photos)
The attachment is picture from our exhibit. The people who worked most closely with this project was myself (Jocelynn Hosea-Davis), Jennifer Vosters, Hailey Neises , and Rebecca Altman. The other Peer Educators within our on campus group helped with the publicity of the exhibit. Our program director Pete Meagher also helped with supplies and resources. Thanks for starting such a program and website, it's a great thing to spread awareness about a topic such as this. Thanks again, The Edgewood College Peer Educators
*Thanks, Jocelyn and friends. This is wonderful work. We're so proud of our college partners and all the work they do to support healthy relationships.
NEWS FROM WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS:
A consensus was reached that the focus of the campaign should be at the local, grassroots level for at least the next year. It was also agreed that the 1% Campaign should ask that 1% of the military budget and eventually 1% of the entire federal budget be allocated to preventing the terrorist war that children and women face every day domestic and sexual assault, abuse and violence. In addition, the planning committee was charged with devising a way to promote the Campaign to the broadest audience as possible at the local level and disseminating tools such as petitions and pledges that promote public and political accountability of our social, business, entertainment and political leaders. And finally, national advocacy groups working on violence asked for time to make sure that VAWA funds and programs are shored up, fully funded and renewed. All agreed that the momentum had to come from individuals and community activists, so the 1% Campaign¹s efforts should be at the local level for 2003. A committee formed to come up with proposals for ³how we think the $ should be spent WHEN the 1% is authorized and appropriated²
If you are interested in how this group believes the money should be spent I (Janet) have a longer email that you can read.
Wiseman Films on Domesetic Violence to air on PBS:
IN TWO POWERFUL DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT ONE OF AMERICA¹S MOST DEVASTATING SOCIAL ISSUES, FILMMAKER FREDERICK WISEMAN TURNS HIS UNFLINCHING CAMERA ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Widely Acclaimed During Its Limited Theatrical Release, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Makes Its National Television Premiere On PBS, March 18 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2, Which Follows Abuse Cases Through The Judicial System, Premieres On PBS, March 19
For the past 35 years, Frederick Wiseman has meticulously documented a unique and penetrating view of American social relations and the institutions that try to mediate them. Now, in a pair of films as challenging and courageous as any he has made, Wiseman presents the harrowing circumstances of domestic violence. From the police responding to brutal abuse calls, to women and children being counseled at a shelter (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE), and to couples and individuals trying to seek resolution and justice in the courts (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2), Wiseman approaches domestic violence in his trademark style, eschewing narration and letting the camera and the editing reveal the true dimensions of his daunting subject. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 2 will have their American television premieres in a special two-evening presentation, Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday March 19, 2003 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). The films will be presented nationwide on PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York, which has been the national presenter of Frederick Wiseman¹s films throughout his career. Wiseman, a three-time Emmy Award winning director, has over 30 documentary films to his credit, from the controversial Titicut Follies (1967) to High School (1968) to Public Housing (1997).
Compass: A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People Silent Witness (Budapest) is highlighted as one of the domestic violence interventions!!
The Council of Europe Publishing has recently completed an excellent manual with PRACTICAL activities for working on social change on many fronts: domestic violence, peace, environment, intercultural issues, citizenship, human rights, racism etc. It is well written, practical, easy to use--a great resource. It includes games, role plays, case studies, theatre, artistic ideas etc. In the coming newsletters I will be citing information from the manual for us to ingest. If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact European Youth Centre Budapest, email@example.com No price is listed so you'd have to inquire about that.
UN General Assembly (1993) definition of violence against women: "Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in , physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life." This would include, but is not limited to, "physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women: non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation: physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring within the general community, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions, and elsewhere: trafficking in women and forced prostitution; and physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the state, wherever it occurs."
More women in Europe die or are seriously injured through domestic violence than through cancer or road accidents. (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe). Every year 14,500 Russian women are killed as a result of domestic violence. (Unicef Report on Women in Countries in Transition). A study conducted by the European Women's Lobby in 1999 (womenlobby.org) reached the conclusion that 1 in 4 women in the EU experience some form of violence by their intimate partner. 95% of all acts of violence take place within the home. A Finnish study (1998) showed that 52% of adult women had been victims of violence or physical or sexual threats from the age of 15, and 20% had been within the past year. A Portuguese study (1997) revealed that 53.3% of women living in the suburbs of large cities, 55.4% of women living in cities and 37.9% of women living in the countryside had been subjected to violence; 43% of acts of violence were committed within the family. A Belgian study (1998) indicated that 68% of women had been the victims of physical and/or sexual violence.
Defense Department estimates suggest incidents of domestic violence in the military rose from 18.6 per 1,000 marriages in 1990 to 25.6 per 1,000 in 1996. Rates fell slightly from 1997-1999 but there were more moderate to severe incidents.The figures did not include an unknown number of cases not reported or handled informally by commanders, or violence against girlfriends or unmarried live-in partners, who have no legal standing in the eyes of the military.
"The military has simply not come to terms with the problem. They've known about it for a long time, and have repeatedly acknowledged the severity of the problem, but they have not dealt with it," said Terri Spahr Nelson, a former army psychotherapist and author of a book on rape and sexual harassment in the military.
TASK FORCE: In 2000, the Pentagon set up a task force on domestic violence, which reported last year with recommendations. These included: holding offenders accountable - few are disciplined or punished today; amending the Uniform Code of Military Justice to proscribe violations of civilian protection orders not currently punishable; upgrading military police and forensics investigation of abuse, and providing more confidentiality to those who report abuse. In response, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz issued a strong statement declaring a "zero tolerance" policy.
"Commanders at every level
have a duty to take appropriate steps to prevent domestic violence, protect
victims and hold those who commit it responsible," he said. However,
of 1,213 reported domestic violence incidents known to military police
in 2000 considered serious enough to merit disciplinary action, the military
reported 29 in which the perpetrator was court-martialed or sent to a
civilian court for prosecution, said University of North Carolina social
anthropologist Catherine Lutz, who has studied the issue.
I leave you today with a Pueblo blessing:
Hold on to what is good
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