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by Johnna Margalotti, Advocacy Center Intern April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a campaign that educates communities across the nation on sexual violence and how to prevent it. This past Friday, April 12th, we recognized the Day of Silence and asked ourselves the question: What voices are we not hearing in our conversations about…
Welcome to the third edition of our quarterly electronic newsletter. Our agency’s values and mission are rooted in supporting and empowering survivor voices. This edition shines a spotlight on our amazing Youth Educator, Lyn Staack, highlights the 40th anniversary of Take Back the Night, and provides an update on the continued work of our new-this-year teen activism group,…
Annual Celebration 2019 Join the Advocacy Center for our 2019 Annual Celebration on Wednesday, March 27th from 5:30-7:00 pm. We will reflect on the important work completed over the past year and celebrate and honor the strength of survivors in our community. Attendees will learn more about the current work of the agency and meet…
Meeting our Youth Educator, Lyn Staack! What is your position at the agency? I am a Senior Educator in the Advocacy Center’s Education Department. My focus is middle and high school youth and a majority of my time is spent presenting in middle and high school level health classes throughout Tompkins County. How have you…
OFFICE SCREENING - Film runs about an hour and half, is available on HBO until June 7th.
**Because this is the week before KAOB we will also likely be doing bundling and other last minute crafts for the event while watching the film.**
For more than two decades Dr. Larry Nassar was the osteopathic physician for the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, as well as a physician at Michigan State University (MSU). During that time, he sexually abused hundreds of female athletes.
Based on years of research by producers Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich (Munich ‘72 and Beyond) and featuring brave testimonials from the athletes at the center of the story, director Erin Lee Carr’s (Mommy Dead and Dearest and the upcoming I Love You, Now Die) powerful documentary, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, reveals a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything else, including protecting young female athletes. Through interviews with dozens of survivors, as well as coaches, lawyers and journalists, the film exposes an environment in which young women spent their youth competing for victory on a world stage, juxtaposed against a culture where abuse was hidden, and lives were forever damaged.
Trailer: https://www.hbo.com/content/hboweb/en/documentaries/i-am-evidence-doc/synopsis.html I Am Evidence exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the United States today, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. Despite the power of DNA to solve and prevent crimes, these kits containing potentially crucial evidence languish untested in police evidence storage rooms. Behind each of these kits lies an individual’s unresolved sexual assault case. The film introduces viewers to several of these survivors, who still await justice, as well as the prosecutors, investigators, advocates and journalists fighting on their behalf. In Ohio, former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty created a task force that undertook the testing of 5,000 backlogged kits, leading to the identification of more than 410 suspected serial rapists, who have been linked to more than 1,127 victims. Additionally, I Am Evidence follows survivors’ experiences as they trace the fates of their kits and re-engage in the criminal justice process, which shows the disturbing pattern of how the system has historically treated sexual assault victims.
Know more to help more
A first step in creating a safer community where survivors can get help is to learn more about abuse. We all have a role in ending domestic and sexual violence.