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.

Kicking off Give A Buck – Because change can’t wait!

Today, we are launching a new social media and crowd-funding campaign called Give A Buck! We know sexual violence is a serious and widespread problem. And – change can’t wait.

Sexual violence has dominated headlines for years – sexual harassment and assault on campuses, in churches, in Hollywood, in newsrooms, in the military… it happens everywhere. It’s time to act now – all of us working together to end sexual violence in one generation.

We have the opportunity now to build broad support for programs that prevent sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault in our communities. #TimesUp and #MeToo have made wonderful advances for victims’ services. Our #GiveABuck social media campaign builds awareness and supports prevention.

Are you ready to tell the world you Give A Buck about ending sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault?

Go to our Give A Buck site and sign up to be a participant, take the pledge, or to learn more today!

A year after #MeToo, taking the pulse of sexual violence prevention

What a difference a year makes,” or so goes the old adage.

It’s been one full year since the New York Times broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment abuses. One year later, The Cut published “Our Year of Reckoning: An Exhaustive Timeline,” detailing the day-to-day developments over the past 365 days related to how the world has sought long-overdue accountability for decades of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse. The Silence Breakers made room for so many more to come forward and continue driving social change. We’re finally seeing a true public reckoning with the societal attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that must change for sexual violence to be eradicated once and for all.

Another old adage: “What gets measured, gets done.” That’s why over the last three years, since our founding, RALIANCE has been tracking and benchmarking what’s been unfolding related to our shared mission to end sexual violence in one generation. Last year’s report foreshadowed just how powerful social media and other forms of activism could be, helping survivors of sexual violence find their agency and their voice. When we released that report in late September 2017, we had no idea how powerful the collective voice would be for the thousands who said #MeToo in the following days and weeks.

As RALIANCE is poised to release our 2018 report, we continue our focus on several key themes:

Accountability: For the first time, many who used their positions of power to cause harm faced actual repercussions. This also forced many of us to think beyond criminal justice solutions and engage corporations and institutions to lean into their values to examine accountability as part of healthy workplace cultures.

Prevention is possible: #MeToo has brought basic principles of prevention into living rooms and lunch rooms, into our homes, workplaces, and streets. We can build a culture that promotes equity, consent, and safety for all.

Leaders are needed: To end sexual violence, we need more people to come forward in their own communities to show courage. We must continue to be bold in 2018 and beyond. And we must continue to invest resources and commit to change to build safer, healthier environments.

Be on the lookout for our annual report, “Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation: A Progress Report for the United States 2018,” publishing soon!

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