America, Every Vote Counts
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Fall 2016 Newsletter, authored by Chris Kaiser, Director of Public Policy / General Counsel at TAASA.
Every fourth year—for pretty much the entire year—we turn our collective attention to a single political race. It’s an important one, for sure. The nation’s president wields power to shape the Supreme Court, determine thousands of federal agency priorities and funding schemes, and veto most congressional legislation. The presidency also carries significant symbolic weight—by sheer strength of personality a president can help many to feel included and heard (or …
In Texas, there are some sexual assaults you can’t go to jail for
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Summer 2016 Newsletter, authored by Chris Kaiser, Director of Public Policy / General Counsel at TAASA.
This article contains descriptions of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse of children.
A trusted family friend touches a 17-year-old girl inappropriately for weeks, testing boundaries, then begins fondling her breasts and pressuring her to remove her clothes. A woman’s manager at work makes lewd comments to her and later begins grabbing and groping her. A licensed masseuse grabs his client’s breasts …
Shifting the Focus
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Spring 2016 Newsletter, authored by Alesha Istvan, Prevention Director at the Texas Council on Family Violence, and Tim Love, Prevention Program Director at TAASA
Victim-blaming enables more violence
Movements to end all forms of interpersonal violence have long struggled to combat norms and attitudes that either blatantly or subtly, blame victims for experiencing violence. These attitudes are as pervasive in our communities as they are harmful to survivors of violence and our society as a whole.
Two examples of these harmful attitudes include:
“If she didn’t provoke her partner …
Online Resources: Where to Look? What Will I Find?
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Winter 2016 Newsletter, authored by Jennifer Thompson, TAASA research intern
I was recently asked if I could find a list of reputable websites that could serve as references for people as they did their daily work. There is no doubt there are great resources online but often they can be hidden away or are part of an odd sounding agency or department.
Who knew that the Office of Post Secondary Education (OPE) has a Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool http://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/ …
Is Texas Complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)?
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter, authored by Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA’s Executive Director
In 2014, then Governor Rick Perry declined to certify Texas as being in full compliance with PREA. He expressed the state’s support in making our prisons and juvenile detention facilities safe from sexual assault for inmates but also commented on the national standards as being “counterproductive and unnecessarily cumbersome and costly.” Our discussions with his staff illuminated primarily two sticking points for our state, housing our 17 year olds with the adult population (17 is the …
Helping Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Assault
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter, authored by Deana Buril, Deputy Director of Client Services for the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center
Approximately 2 years ago PREA Coordinator (Monica Lugo) at the Bexar County Jail approached The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) in San Antonio to help implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. We had no idea what PREA standards were or how we could help put these principles into action. Finding answers to these questions persuaded us to support this severely underserved population.
PREA standards are federal regulations …
Immigrant Detention: Voices of Humanity
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter, authored by Elaine J. Cohen, author at The Rag Blog.
I began visiting women in Immigrant Detention in the Fall of 2011. Recently returned to Austin after over four years in Mexico, I was looking for a social justice project where my competency in Spanish would be useful. A friend suggested I volunteer with the Grassroots Leadership’s Hutto Visitation Program and a few weeks later I attended orientation and began to visit women detained in the Hutto Detention …
Creating Change through LGBT+ Outreach
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Fall 2015 Newsletter, authored by Braden Weinmann.
The mission of the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center (CVRCC) is to create social change within the Concho Valley by providing prevention, education, advocacy, and a safe place to foster healing for survivors of sexual violence and gender discrimination. To fulfill this mission more comprehensively, the CVRCC Board of Directors and Staff decided to hire a part-time LGBT+ Services Coordinator to serve as a liaison between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender individuals and the services provided by the CVRCC.
My name is Braden Weinmann, and I took on the …
FAMILY DETENTION AND THE WOMEN & CHILDREN FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter, authored by Dr. Martha Ramos Duffer of Quantum Possibilities.
We use the term trauma to describe the cognitive, emotional, and physical changes that occur when someone survives an event that shatters their world.
A traumatic event threatens the physical or psychological survival of a person and changes what they had come to know about themselves, others, and/or the world around them. When a person’s relationship to themselves, others, being tortured, raped, assaulted, beaten, and controlled by men in …
How Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients are Left out of Discussions on Quality Care.
This is a featured article from TAASA’s Fall 2015 Newsletter, authored by Katrina Stewart of the Transgender Education Network of Texas.
In general parlance, when we talk about gender equality and/or gender diversity, we are often talking about the representation of women on equal footing with men. What is sometimes left out of this discussion is the reality of individuals whose gender, as perceived by others, does not fit the neat and traditional definitions of male/female. The male/female dichotomy is, at its …