Cultivating the Intrinsic for Positive Change

A vast majority of the public carries an instinctive concern for those in need. In particular, youth have an unfettered interest in humanity and the impact of inequity on society. When combined, generosity and energy have the potential for major change.

The Meridian World School students pose for a picture with Hope Alliance Executive Director Patty Connor.

A group of 6th grade girls decided to take action in their community when they learned about the “one billion rising”  worldwide movement to take a stand against violence against women. Their focus was their local rape crisis center – Hope alliance and the issue of violence against … Full Article

I Don’t Care About the Game…I Just Like the Commercials

How many times have you heard somebody say that when it comes to “the big game”?  Every February the advertising world whips us into a frenzy with the suspense over the new crop of commercials that will air during the Superbowl.  Will they be funny? Touching?  Racy?  What commercial will get the biggest buzz around the water cooler on Monday morning? I have to admit, I am a sucker for the commercials myself.  They are, for the most part, entertaining.  They should be considering they cost around 8 million dollars per minute (not to mention the cost to make them).  Advertisers are sinking huge amounts of time and money into grabbing and holding our attention in hopes of selling us … Full Article

TAASA’s Diversity Task Force 2013 Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Have you ever been so deeply inspired that words themselves fail to express the depth of that inspiration? I ran across a post titled “Random Acts of Kindness” highlighting kind gestures by ordinary individuals simply lending a hand expecting nothing in return. Its touching depiction of humanity was also present in each scholarship application reviewed. The dedication to compassion, hope and healing became evident as the unsung heroes in local Texas communities emerged. The decision was difficult yet derived after much discussion and consideration.

TAASA’s Diversity Task Force proudly announces the 2013 TAASA Conference Scholarship Recipients!!

Theresa Packebush
Children’s Advocate/Prevention Educator/Sexual Assault Advocate
Hutchinson County Crisis Center
Borger, TX

Nasim Hoomanrad
Manager of Community Education & … Full Article

“Social Justice League: Bringing Justice to the System”

Remember as a kid the gratification felt when your favorite super (s)hero character saved the day? The idealistic sense of responsibility when good overcame evil; when no task was too large and no one left behind. When justice always prevailed?

The theme behind TAASA’s 2013 SAAPM’s toolkit represents the child-like wonder of the super (s)heroes amongst us as we work to “bring justice to the system”. The “Social Justice League” concept symbolizes the extraordinary power of ordinary people in collectively confronting the issue of sexual assault. This year’s SAAPM toolkit seeks to utilize the shared onus, will and power of the people. “Bringing Justice … Full Article

Heroic feats of a survivor

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence issued a press release mourning the loss of Jenni Rivera. Jenni represented the struggle and triumph of a domestic violence survivor turned activist. She fought on behalf of domestic violence, sexual assault survivors as well as immigrant and LGBT rights. Below please find the press release highlighting the extraordinary feats of a true survivor.
National Center Against Domestic Violence
Press Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Rita Smith, Executive Director
303-839-1852, x105


NCADV joins the family, friends and fans in mourning the loss of domestic violence … Full Article

"I'm tired of the silence"

TAASA’s Cultural Awareness Certification webinar series kicked off today with the topic of “Male Survivors of Sexual Assault”.  The webinar, despite two-way communication limitations, sparked lively discussions regarding the misunderstandings of sexual assault in general and the role of gender socialization and homophobia in promoting the myths around male victimization.  The group came to the conclusion that reaching and effectively serving male victims is only half the work.  The other half entails a societal norm piece in changing attitudes and behaviors.  At the conclusion of the webinar I received an email titled “I’m tired of the silence”.  The email included a video project of “The Respect Program” from the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University.

The divine timing … Full Article

Viva La Graphix:Web Design for Non Profits

Happy Friday Advocates! Here is a great interview with Eve Simon, the creative director of Beaconfire. Beaconfire’s mission states: We help nonprofits that serve good causes accomplish great things on the Internet. We design and build Web sites and craft online campaigns that make people care – and act.

I thought this would be a perfect video interview for you all to see before the weekend. Think about ways you can implement her suggestions locally in your agency. Enjoy!

Web Design for Non Profits
By Eve Simon