Can You Pass This Pop Quiz?

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What causes rape? A. Being flirtatious B. Wearing a short skirt C. Drinking too much D. RAPISTS As the leader of an organization that provides education and treatment for rape I think it’s important to remind everyone whom the guilty party is when it comes to this horrific crime. Time and time again, individuals, including […]

Domestic Violence is Everywhere

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Last night I was behind a woman in line at the grocery store who was buying infant formula and a multi-pack of pregnancy tests. At first, I thought, “Wow, she has a lot going on.” Almost immediately after that, my mind went to domestic violence and reproductive coercion – in which batterers keep their partners […]

Sex and Consent

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What a position it must have been for my father, or for any father, who finally decides it’s time to stretch those parenting muscles and have “the talk” with his daughters. For me and my sisters, “the talk” was supported by a book about the birds and the bees that outlined everything in perfect clinical […]

Celebrate Your Strength – Stand Up! Join HAVEN for Take Back the Night

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“We stand together and we stand strong, fighting for an end to sexual violence.” Take Back the Night will be held at Oakland University on Tuesday, April 17. The event will be open to the community from 5:00 — 9:00 p.m., with a concert following the event. Take Back the Night will include a motivational […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Speaking Out Against Rape And Sexual Assault.

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The classmate who raped my college roommate 30 years ago was never held accountable for his behavior. The business man who molested a relative of mine decades ago was never held accountable for the crime he committed. The professional who sexually assaulted a friend of mine 10 years ago never served even a moment in […]

Response to Stop Telling Women How to Not Get Raped

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Recently an article was published on EBONY titled Stop telling Women How to Not Get Raped. The piece goes on to detail the need for anti-rape campaigns that are targeted toward men. The reason being that men are the majority of the ones committing these crimes and that it is inherently victim-blaming (and ineffective) to […]

Penn State Missed a Teachable Moment

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By Beth Morrison HAVEN CEO Imagine this scene in the Penn State Football locker room: Coach Paterno walks in and gives his players the horrific news, that one of their own was caught raping a young boy. He talks about how proud he is of his young graduate assistant coming forward with what he had […]

Your “To-Do” List When Going Back To School

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This weekend, while shopping for some household items, I ended up in the midst of some serious back to school shopping, moms and daughters/sons getting ready for college dorm life. Listening in on their conversations about whether or not they needed a toaster, what color rug goes with the lamp, the size of fan, reminded […]

The Perfect Rape Victim

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“The perfect rape victim.”  Much has been written in the past couple of weeks about what a rape victim’s behavior should be like, most in response to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) rape case. Media outlets have been reporting that the DSK case is in jeopardy, not due to the victim’s report of the actual rape […]

“What’s For Fitness Today?” Tip #26 – Recognize What Is Abuse And Assault To Help Yourself & Others

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April , 2011 Abuse. Domestic violence. Sexual assault. Rape. These are all very scary words to be aware of. Everyone knows them, yet many are surprised to find they didn’t know the true meaning of each. Today’s tip is serious: learn more about what is abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape-related post traumatic stress […]