Posts Tagged ‘Shed light on violence’


Life after Leaving

on June 12, 2013, at 8:25 a.m.
By Debra Bell Of the Weekly Staff   Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series addressing the link between domestic violence and family animals.Story continues below advertisement.   The day Jenny Dwyer decided to leave her abuser was the day she took back her life. “I honestly …
Broken trust

The molester and me

By Christie Aschwanden, Slate on June 10, 2013, at 12:26 p.m.
  Last month’s news that Hall of Fame swim coach Rick Curl will go to jail for molesting one of his swimmers in the 1980s is just the latest saga in a recurring tale about coaches who exploit their authority to sexually abuse young athletes. I know the story all …

Breaking barriers for escaping domestic violence

on June 05, 2013, at 8:32 a.m.
By Debra Bell Of the Weekly Staff   Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series that will run in The Weekly addressing the link between domestic violence and family animals.Story continues below advertisement.   In 2006, Hancock County resident Susan Walsh testified in front of the Agriculture …

An ad to reach abused children that only children can see

on May 09, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
A Spanish organization called the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation created an advertisement that shows different messages simultaneously for adults and children. It’s designed to reach children if their abuser is walking or standing next to them.  Anyone who is taller than 4 feet, 5 inches, will …

Surviving immigration, rape

By Fatuma Hussein on May 05, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.
Imagine you have arrived in a new country, with few or no financial resources, no working knowledge of the culture in that country, and you can’t speak or understand the language everyone else speaks. You’ve arrived with two of your children and you’re not sure when the rest of your …

The lives of sex trafficking victims in Maine

By Tim Farris on April 30, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.
Sex trafficking is a vile form of human trafficking. Sex trafficking and exploitation in the greater Portland community, across Maine and the nation is not pretty. It is downright ugly. Human trafficking is the tragedy of battered bodies, confused minds and crushed spirits. Simply put, sex trafficking is the exploitation …
The cast of Speak About It, an hour-long show that talks about healthy sex. Back row, left to right: Erik Moody, Benjamin Row and Director David Surkin. In front, Ellen Almirol, Emma Verrill and Shana Natelson.

Let’s talk about sex

By Shana Natelson on April 29, 2013, at 8:37 a.m.
While April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, it isn’t the only month that gets a lot of attention for sexual assault awareness and prevention. August and September see an influx of college freshmen flooding onto campus, eager to meet new roommates, study for exams and avoid a curfew. …

Do you catcall women as they walk down the street?

By Cara Courchesne on April 25, 2013, at 1:24 p.m.
“You got great legs, baby!” “I’d tap that!” Street harassment — sexual harassment experienced in public spaces — is an aspect of most women and teenage girls’ daily lives and can be the cause of intimidation, fear, sadness and anger. Street harassment ranges from catcalls and wolf whistles to groping …
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How counselors can better protect domestic violence victims

on April 24, 2013, at 3:56 p.m.
Margo Batsie, member services coordinator at the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, shared an egregious example of a psychiatric system failure when she testified before the state Committee on Labor Commerce, Research and Economic Development on April 18. She described an instance in which a perpetrator, out on bail …

Understanding the needs of male sexual assault victims

By Bill Lowenstein on April 24, 2013, at 1:02 p.m.
We are survivors, too. Historically, those of us who are male survivors of sexual victimization are often an unrecognized, underserved and unmentioned population when the issue of sexual assault is discussed. Many of us do not even recognize or understand that we may have been victimized. Yet one in five …
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Through a nurse’s eyes: Caring for sexual assault victims

By Natalie Feulner on April 23, 2013, at 1:10 p.m.
Last week, my class of Rape Response Services’ advocates-in-training spent our three-hour training session at St. Joseph’s Hospital with Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and Registered Nurse Michelle Markie. Markie is one of two certified SAFE nurses employed at St. Joseph’s, a certification requiring a 40-hour class, hours of observation, ongoing …
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The sex offenders you don’t know

By Anne Haskell on April 22, 2013, at 12:39 p.m.
Most people think that the sex offender registry is a simple issue: The Legislature decided to create a list of all sex offenders in the state, and convicted offenders appear there. It’s not quite that easy. In fact, the sex offender registry is a complicated web, complete with high emotion …

Dear service provider: I’m gay

By Amy Raina on April 20, 2013, at 6:17 p.m.
I sat on the table at my doctor’s office feeling like a responsible adult in a cotton Johnny tied delicately in the back. I had gone to this small family practice in Portland for nearly eight years and was on a first-name basis with the nurses. I felt comfortable discussing …

Listen up: Sexual violence does not discriminate

By Susan Hall Dreher on April 18, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.
Sexual assault in later life is incomprehensible to most of us and yet is a reality we must react to as a caring community. What does later life mean? Routinely for many, later life means “older than me.” Abuse in later life refers to violence that occurs at age 50 …

When will men stand up to violence?

By Drew Wing on April 15, 2013, at 1:02 p.m.
It has been more than 40 years since the first rape crisis clinics were established in the early 1970s. The rise of awareness regarding sexual violence and victim services was driven forward by the hard work and voices of women. If we look at a photo history of rallies, marches …

The challenge of overcoming sexual violence in small communities

By Lydia Christie on April 11, 2013, at 11:33 a.m.
Small communities are often considered safer communities. Our cultural perception is that cities are where crime happens. However, we know that sexual violence happens in all communities in Maine, large and small. Smaller communities can mean more tight-knit relationships and support when we need it most. However, small communities also …

Get outraged about sexual assault

By Marty McIntyre on April 10, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
For the past 28 years, I have been at the helm of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, one of Maine’s agencies providing services to people affected by sexual violence. And sometimes, in the midst of assisting survivors, trying to improve system response to victims, educating the community and trying …
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The complex reality of preventing, responding to sexual violence

By Natalie Feulner on April 09, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
Polished. Thin. A good cook. Strong. Chivalrous. Able to provide for his family. Always wanting sex. My classmates, one at a time, called out these stereotypes of women and men. Instructor Brianna Bryant, a community outreach educator for Rape Response Services in Bangor, wrote the words on a white board …

How to support a victim of child sexual abuse

By Donna Strickler on April 08, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.
Child sexual abuse has been a frequent focus of national and local media in the last year. We know child sexual abuse happens — with great cost to children, their families and their communities. Child sexual abuse is perpetrated at a rate that we have yet to fully comprehend. Best …

How the military is slowly overcoming a history of sexual violence

By Terry Moore on April 07, 2013, at 12:05 p.m.
Military service is presented as an opportunity to honorably serve our nation, sometimes in harm’s way, upon request of our elected civilian leadership. It continues to be offered as “another chance” for education and work experiences. In the 40 years after the Vietnam War era, the United States has sustained …