One in three girls
Five quick facts for April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
1) At least one in three girls in the United States is sexually abused by the time they reach the age of 18.
2) Women in prison are twice as likely as women in the general public to report childhood histories of physical or sexual abuse.
3) Nationally, more than 37% of women in state prisons have been raped before incarceration.
4) 90% of women incarcerated at Bedford Hills reported suffering physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
5) The majority of women in Bedford Hills - 82% – have reported having a childhood history of severe physical and/or sexual abuse.
The movement to end violence against girls and women has made enormous progress over the past 40 years, but it’s clearly not enough.
We need a bigger, bolder, more strategic movement to truly end violence and build a world where all girls and women are safe and valued.
Over the past two years, the CA’s Women in Prison Project Director Tamar Kraft-Stolar had the honor of participating with 15 leaders in the pilot cohort of the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence Initiative to strengthen the U.S. movement to end violence against girls and women.
During the first Building Movement Convening of the Move to End Violence Initiative this past winter, Tamar gave a presentation before 120 advocates about the CA’s campaign to pass the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, which would change New York State laws that require long, harsh sentences for survivors who protect themselves from an abuser’s violence. To Tamar’s left in the photo above is Neil Irvin, Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape, a powerful organization working to mobilize men to end violence against women and one of the many organizations supporting the DV Survivors Justice Act.
Want to get involved in our efforts?
- Join the Coalition for Women Prisoners for Advocacy Day on June 5th.
- To have your organization join the list of DVSJA supporters, contact Jaya Vasandani at jvasandani @ correctionalassociation.org
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