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Thirsty Thursday Blog – Let’s Talk Evaluation

Shandra Witherspoon

OAESV, Director of Coordinated Community Responses

Recently, I have received a lot of requests about evaluating SART work. Evaluation is a crucial and necessary tool for strengthening services, identifying gaps in services, and garnering more resources. It should build momentum and increase SART effectiveness. When done…

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How well do you know the history of Anti-Sexual Violence Movements?

Jenn Eidemiller

OAESV Resource & Communications Coordinator and Co-Chair of CIEO

15 resources that contextualize anti-sexual violence movements and uplift transformative strategies and narratives of healing and justice for Sexual Assault Awareness Month Terror in the Heart of Freedom, Citizenship, Sexual Violence and the meaning of race in the Post-emancipation South,…

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28 Days

Becca Getson

OAESV Legal Advocacy Coordinator & Co-Chair of Ohio Co-Conspirators in Ending Oppression

As I write this, we are in the middle of Black History Month 2021. By the time this is posted, Black History Month will have officially wrapped up. My hope is that I have reflected, participated, and supported events throughout the month…

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Thirsty Thursday Blog – Re-Engaging the Team

Shandra Witherspoon

OAESV Director of Coordinated Community Responses

Many of the technical assistance questions I receive share a common theme about getting a team back on track. This has been especially true in the midst of COVID-19, which forced several teams to cease in-person meetings. In addition to…

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5 Supportive Responses to a Sexual Violence Disclosure

Jennifer Karpus-Romain

OAESV Partner & Volunteer

Sexual violence is the fault of the perpetrator. When we blame the victim, perpetrators aren't held accountable for their action, and ultimately, perpetrators are more likely to continue their destructive behaviors and acts of sexual violence. Sexual violence is never…

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The Fear of Not Knowing & The Resilience of Survivors and Communities

Shandra Witherspoon

Director of Coordinated Community Responses, OAESV

This entire year has hands down been one for the history books. From battling dueling pandemics to watching unprecedented political events, I can truly say 2020 has brought challenges I never thought I would face. Never have I experienced nightly…

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OAESV Statement on Recent State Violence – December 2020

Content Warning: Police Violence, State Violence, Racism, Murder OAESV condemns the state violence that has been weaponized against Black people in Ohio communities and beyond. This violence is ongoing, unacceptable, relentless, and gut-wrenching, as we’ve seen in the past weeks…

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Darkness to Light Spotlight: Supporting Hispanic Survivors

Rosa Beltré, BA, RA

Executive Director, OAESV

Darkness to Light This blog originally appeared on the blog of Darkness to Light, an amazing organization working to end child sexual abuse, as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight. Read the original post here. This week we sat…

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6 Tips for Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Kasie Holmes

M.A., M.S.; Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern; OAESV Collaborative Partner

When defining trauma, we often limit the definition to a catastrophic and explicitly physical, violent event. Through this definition, we inadvertently remove ourselves from the notion that we, too, may have experiences with trauma and that trauma is normalized in…

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