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Fresh from Denver: RALIANCE Trains U.S. National Governing Bodies and U.S. Olympic Committee 


By Brian Pinero

Earlier this month in Denver, RALIANCE Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser and RALIANCE National Project Coordinator Brian Pinero trained members of the U.S. National Governing Bodies and the U.S. Olympic Committee on how to talk about sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse and contribute to a safe and respectful culture for all in the sport community 

The training took place over the course of two days at the offices of U.S. Center for SafeSport and focused on using common values in sport combined with the six messaging components from RALIANCE’s  most recent report, that could be used to help audiences understand how prevention is possible. Constructing messages in this way provides an effective way to introduce policies, training and culture change around sexual violence. Attendees also learned how to focus on prevention messages even when met with challenges. Using pre-developed scenarios and pivot phrases, the group practiced delivering and staying on message when met with a skepticism or critics.

Members of the governing bodies were also provided with a tool kit, developed by RALIANCE and U.S. Center for SafeSport. This tool kit contained examples on how to use values, pivot points, messaging components and designed awareness materials for use messaging prevention to coaches, athletes, staff and other members of the sport community.

To learn more about how RALIANCE is partnering with the sport community to end sexual violence in one generation, check out the Sport+Prevention Center!

RALIANCE publishes 2018 progress report: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation

RALIANCE is excited to share our latest publication: “Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation: A progress report for the United States 2018.” Every year, RALIANCE chronicles the significant themes, milestones, and events related to efforts to end sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse nationally. This year’s 2018 report offers a look back from June 2017 through May 2018, the months before and after the #MeToo movement took the nation by storm.

We’re seeing a true public reckoning with attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that must change. Change is happening. From the news and media to advocacy, activism, and policy, this report examines where our society has made progress in the movement to end sexual violence and where more leadership and change is needed.

Prevention is possible. Survivors’ voices are powerful. Together, we will end sexual violence.

Check out the report here: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation: A progress report for the United States 2018!

Talking prevention strategies at the Bloomberg American Health Summit

RALIANCE joined 350 participants at the inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit last week in Washington, DC to discuss overcoming challenges and improving health. While sexual violence is generally viewed as a public health issue, the summit demonstrated that sexual violence and other public health movements like addiction or gun violence can share similar prevention strategies.

The conversation about health outcomes is timely. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also announced last week that the U.S. life expectancy rate declined for the third consecutive year. It is a wakeup call to the kind of conversations that need to happen and are thanks in part to the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. This $300 million endowed program at Johns Hopkins seeks to change five major health challenges: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health, and Violence, including sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse.

As we talked about the top three issues the CDC identified – drug overdoses, chronic liver disease, and suicide – Bloomberg Fellows and others shared community-based solutions working to change health outcomes. Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, spoke about his work in Chicago to reduce gun violence and noted the importance of hope and relationships in pursuing peace. Public health experts noted current efforts underway to increase hope and reduce stigma especially around addiction issues, the importance of dignity and respect for all, as well as access to healthcare and safer systems. The solutions for ending sexual violence are also rooted in all these ideas.

Catch out the entire summit online!

Championing a Culture of Safety and Respect on Campus is Needed Now More than Ever

On November 16, the U.S. Department of Education announced draft regulations on Title IX that will make it harder for campus sexual assault victims to seek justice. In a new Medium post, Terri Poore, Policy Director for RALIANCE, argues that in the face of neglect from the Department, colleges and universities still have a responsibility to their students to uphold strong protections against sexual violence.

She wrote, “Even as the Department of Education turns its back on Title IX, the law remains unequivocal: educational institutions have a responsibility to prevent the things that create hostile environments, including sexual violence. This is why it’s important that our schools continue to treat campus sexual assault with the seriousness it deserves.”

Read the full post on Medium here.

#GivingTuesday is November 27. Here’s how you can help end sexual violence in one generation!

RALIANCE has a bold mission: to end sexual violence in one generation. We know prevention is not only possible, but it’s also happening in communities around the country. It’s going to take all of us working together to make this vision a reality

That’s why RALIANCE is participating in Giving Tuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s a day dedicated to charitable giving and asks us all to think about the role we play supporting organizations making positive impacts in our world.

RALIANCE is asking you to join the Giving Tuesday movement by supporting our Give-A-Buck campaign, which raises awareness and funding for sexual assault prevention efforts and organizations in communities across the country.

Here’s how you can help us kick things off:

Tell your family and friends about RALIANCE’s Give-A-Buck campaign

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook 

Tag us when you make a donation using #GivingTuesday

Uber and NSVRC release new taxonomy to tackle sexual violence

In Uber’s new policy blog, “Counting it is the first step towards ending it,” Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West and Kristen Houser, Chief Public Affairs Officer at RALIANCE and our partner organization the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, unveil a new taxonomy developed in partnership with the Urban Institute to help categorize incidents of sexual misconduct and sexual assault reported on the Uber platform.

Around the world, from corporate boardrooms to government offices, data drives decision-making.

So when it comes to sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, which is significantly underreported and thus lacks widely available data – particularly for acts that may not be considered criminal such as inappropriate comments – having very clear data is critical to pursuing sustainable solutions that will help end sexual violence in one generation. The new taxonomy categorizes reports of sexually violent experiences based on very specific, easy to understand language based on human behavior. Using and categorizing this more precise language will ultimately increase the availability of data and drive appropriate courses of prevention activity, ultimately informing how best to support users of the Uber platform.

As Tony and Kristen write:

These challenges create a landscape in which the limited information that is reported out provides only an incomplete and fragmented understanding of the true scope and scale of sexual violence. The value of a carefully-developed taxonomy for reported incidents of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual assault is that it can increase consistency and help us to identify trends, thereby informing the development of more effective response and prevention efforts.

This new taxonomy is a step towards Uber’s goal of creating transparency reports for sexual violence that are shareable and useful to support and advance similar efforts in other businesses and industries. RALIANCE applauds this effort and we see this as the latest step in our mission to end sexual violence in one generation.

You’re invited! Please join us on November 28 for a Twitter Chat about supporting incarcerated survivors

For the #MeToo movement to survive, it’s important for all voices to be heard. Groups such as incarcerated survivors, asylum seekers and members of the disabilities and transgender communities are a part of the #MeToo movement. Yet, many of their stories and experiences have yet to be amplified in the national conversation about how to prevent and end sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse in our society.

Join RALIANCE and partners at the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on Wednesday, November 28 at 3pm ET for #PREAChat, an important Twitter Chat about meeting the needs of incarcerated survivors.

Send your RSVP and questions to [email protected]. We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Preventing Sexual Violence in Sport: Panel at APHA Annual Meeting

Sport Panelist at APHA. Left to Right: David Lee, Jennifer Yore, Katie Hanna, and Jeff Milroy

At the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego on Monday, RALIANCE’s David Lee presented at a great panel session titled “Preventing sexual violence in sport.” Along with three colleagues, they shared the opportunities for sport to be part of the solution in ending sexual violence. Each of us shared examples of comprehensive prevention efforts that involve engaging athlete, coaches and administrators in advancing sexual violence prevention within sport and how sport can take leadership in prevention efforts for the broader society.

I started the session describing the work of RALIANCE in its Sport + Prevention Center.and the report How sport can end sexual violence in one generation. In the presentation I share how our research showed that sport can promote accountability, social cohesion and self control, all of which are protective factors for sexual violence prevention. Jeffrey J. Milroy, DrPH, MPH, of the University of North Carolina Greensboro followed with his presentation on “Translating evidence into sexual violence prevention for collegiate student-athletes.”

Jennifer Yore, MPH, of Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH), University of California, San Diego, describe the researcher think tank hosted by the GEH and RALIANCE “Sport as an incubator and accelerator for sexual violence prevention. “ which resulting the RALIANCE report Recommendations for Next Steps In Research and Evaluation. The final presentation by Katie Hanna, MEd, U.S. Center for SafeSport, “Putting Athlete Well-being First:  How the U.S. Center for SafeSport is working to champion respect and prevent abuse in sports.” Described sexual violence prevention efforts in the 50 National Governing Boards of the US Olympic movement.

This panel presentation was important to demonstrate how public health concepts of prevention can support making changes in sport in order to prevent sexual violence.

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