CALCASA has released a new 144 page report titled Sexual Violence Research: Findings From a Systemic Review of the Literature 2015-2019 that highlights articles from the leading academic journals, organizational reports, and resources that have the potential to support the anti-sexual violence movement and all organizations/individuals committed to asserting the dignity of all people.
This report synthesizes key findings from a comprehensive review of the peer-reviewed research literature on sexual violence in the United States published between January 2015 and March 2019. The work serves as a sequel to the 2014 CALCASA report and 2015 follow-up report which covered the period from 2005 to 2015.
This review organizes the most recently available data into topical sections to maximize its utility for advocates, prevention practitioners, activists, policy makers and funders in identifying scientific studies that support evidence-based programming and policies for the state.
In addition, CALCASA has asked leading advocates and activists, including Beckie Masaki, Mimi Kim, and Marc Philpart, to share their favorite new resources.
The report was edited and written by researchers and staff of the Center on Gender Equity and Health, University of California San Diego.
CALCASA CEO Sandra Henriquez says in the introduction of this report that “We encourage people to use the information from this report in their newsletters, social media, grant applications and reports. With this knowledge, we can make the necessary changes in our communities to build a society free from sexual violence.”
Click here to download the full report.
From table tennis to cycling to soccer, I recently saw for myself the true power of sport. This month, as part of the United States-Pakistan Exchange on addressing gender-based violence through sport, I joined nine other U.S. violence prevention and sport leaders in meeting with Pakistani programs. The exchange was organized by Women Win, an international organization dedicated to girls’ and women’s empowerment through sport, and Right to Play Pakistan, with support from the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. Throughout this exchange, we shared challenges, approaches, and best practices around using sport as a tool to address gender-based violence and create more gender-equitable communities.
In Pakistan, programs are working to empower women and girls by increasing opportunities for them to participate in education and sports. During the exchange, I saw powerful examples of women being empowered through sport with visits to the Diya Women’s Football Club, Pak-Shaheen Boxing Club, Asbar Welfare Foundation (which teaches table tennis to girls and young women), Early Bird Riders Sheroes Cycling Club, and Misbah’s Volleyball Academy.
I was impressed with Right to Play Pakistan’s programs that utilize sport and play to promote rights toward ending gender-based violence. The Goal Program (Girls Rights and Financial Literacy Through Sport) places young leaders in government schools to engage children and youth in regular play-based activities designed to integrate life skills such as cooperation, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking. At a Play Day in Islamabad, we joined over 100 young boys and girls from local charity schools where they sprinted, high-fived, and played “tug of peace” together under the theme of saying no to violence!
Ending gender-based violence also involves engaging men and young boys to become advocates for gender equity and promoting women’s rights. At Rozan, we met with a group of young men who have participated in Humqadam — a program that teaches men how to take action against gender-based violence.
We concluded the visit with a two-day convening on using sport to address gender-based violence, where I shared the report from RALIANCE’s Sport + Prevention Center on how sport can be part of the solution to ending sexual violence in the United States.
Across the U.S. and internationally, sport is an influential system. It can be a powerful part of the solution to ending sexual violence, and it’s encouraging to see how various programs are using the lessons from sport to create a safer, more equitable world.
This week, CALCASA attended the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia to share how sport is an important part of the solution to end sexual violence. In a session on Monday entitled “Sport as a platform to advance a culture of prevention,” Director of Prevention David Lee discussed the power of sport and athletics to promote well-being and advance a culture of prevention. He also highlighted the roadmap to create change from RALIANCE’s Sport + Prevention Center.
Other session panelists included Dr. Kathleen Basile of the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, who spoke about how middle school sports involvement contributes to better understanding sexual violence in high school; Jessica Wagner of the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute, who spoke about the role of the NCAA in creating health promotion for college campuses; and Inside Outside Initiative’s Jody Redman, who shared her experience of reclaiming the educational purpose of high school sport for prevention.
The next day ushered in a full session entitled, “Sport as a platform to advance a culture of health.” The discussion focused on how to build a network that advances prevention and brings together public health best practices to sport. This session was facilitated by David Lee, NCAA’s Jessica Wagner, and Jeff Milroy of Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness at the University of North Carolina Greenville. From researchers, athletic trainers, athletes, sports management, coaches, officials, and parents, it was clear from the discussion that there is tremendous interest in building a network dedicated to using the power of sport to foster healthy athletes and communities.
Despite the headlines these days exposing high-profiles cases of unchecked sexual abuse in different in sports, our productive sessions at the APHA annual meeting shine a light on how sport is a powerful and positive force in our society. It has the potentialhere to instill important values in athletes, shape positive attitudes, and build strong communities.
“Bold Moves. Equity Now” was announced today as the theme of the 2020 National Sexual Assault Conference. NSAC will take place in Anaheim, CA on September 2-4, 2020. The Call for Proposals to submit a proposed workshop is open until December 23, 2019. Conference registration will open in April 2020.
“How do we raise boys to be whole men without degrading our daughters in the process?” asks Don McPherson in his newly released book You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity. This former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback proceeds to explore how to do speaking not only as a man, as an African American and as an athletic, but as a person dedicated to preventing gender based violence. McPherson tells his story of becoming and being a prevention practitioner.
The book’s title is a common insult from men to other men. In these pages, McPherson calls to men to explore what they can become. He insists that “we should be asking more what boys and men can become and asking less what they should or shouldn’t do.”
Drawing on his experiences as a boy, as a son, as an athlete and as person working to prevent men’s violence, he provides many examples of how to challenge men to move away from sexist, homophobic and misogyny. Similar to what another Syracuse University football star Joe Ehrmann wrote in his book InsideOut Coaching, McPherson demonstrated how sport can go beyond reinforcing negative and destructive male norms, and help shape positive behaviors.
He credits those whom have help teach him, from Mentors in Violence Prevention founder Jackson Katz, to Oakland Men’s Project development of the “Act Like a Man Box” to his father’s examples of loving his family. I was moved by his stories of how he learned to be a man from our culture, and how he had to relearn how to become the man working to be a healthy man actively engaged to prevent men’s violence.
We need more examples like Don McPherson of how to work to create a world without violence.
Check out RALIANCE’s Sport + Prevention Center on strategies to engage sport to be part of the solution to preventing sexual and domestic violence.
Today, I gave testimony to the House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Hearing titled “Shattered Families, Shattered Service: Taking Military Domestic Violence Out of the Shadows.” I spoke about the need for the armed services to invest in prevention efforts. Other panelists included courageous survivors telling their personal stories and colleagues from the National Resource. Center on Domestic Violence and the Battered Women’s Justice Project.
Based on my experience doing sexual and domestic violence prevention work in communities (including work with service members), through CALCASA’s national project PreventConnect and my work with sport with the national partnership RALIANCE, I highlighted some key prevention resources including the Blue Shield of California Foundation Report A Life Course Framework for Preventing Domestic Violence and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices.
Most importantly, the armed services need to invest in prevention. I wrote in my testimony:
It is essential to respond to the needs of survivors in a trauma informed manner, assert the dignity of all people, and to hold those who have committed abuse accountable. However, those responses after violence has occurred are not sufficient to prevent such forms of violence from happening in the first place, nor are they sufficient to prevent them from happening in the future. Only with an intentional investment in prevention, will we be able to change the culture that creates the conditions which allow domestic violence, and other forms of violence, to continue, to a culture that is free from domestic violence and other forms of violence.
Watch the entire hearing below (my testimony begins at 58:58), and click here to see my entire written testimony: