Day One Receives Verizon Foundation Grant to Support Victim Services

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Peg Langhammer, executive director at Day One (left) accepts a $5000 grant from Michele Cinquegrano of the Verizon Foundation.

Day One received a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support victim services, in particular, a support group for secondary victims of sexual abuse. Entitled ‘Finding our Way Back: Reconnecting to Traumatized Youth, ‘ this program addresses the traumatic effect of violence committed by members of the family. This group therapy is effective support for caregivers of domestic violence victims since the caregiver has to be aware of their own emotional reactions and be able to manage it to effectively help the survivor.

Day One is among 48 nonprofit agencies across New England receiving a total of $280,000 in Verizon Foundation grants to support domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and services programs. The Verizon Foundation New England Domestic Violence Solutions Awards focus on programs that provide survivors with resources that enable them to continue treatment and recovery; support the health and wellness of families affected by domestic violence; engage men to take action to end violence against women; and educate teens on healthy relationships.

Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern, and is currently addressing some of the most critical issues facing the state right now, including child sexual abuse, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and college sexual assault.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in the need for our services, so this grant comes at a particularly important time,” says Peg Langhammer, Day One executive director. “We’re so grateful to the Verizon foundation for their generous support and look forward to continuing our efforts to end sexual violence in our communities.”

“Day One works hard each and every day to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault in local communities, while advocating for the rights and safety of survivors,” said Michele Cinquegrano, regional director of government affairs at Verizon. “Verizon is proud to continue to support and invest in these programs that help survivors and their families rebuild their lives and bring attention to this important issue affecting our communities.”

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook  and Twitter.

New therapy groups available

Stoop TeensDay One’s clinical staff has a number of new offerings for Fall. Check out what we have to offer and call the number below if you’d like to get involved!

  • We will be starting a yoga therapy group for female survivors of sexual assault during the last week of September.
  • In the first week of October, a “Seeking Safety” group will begin. This group uses a research-based curriculum in treating the overlap of substance abuse and trauma symptoms. This group is for male survivors.
    • We plan on starting an open support group for college sexual assault survivors in October.

Please contact Day One’s Clinical Program Coordinator, Lauren Kelly, for information on registration for any of the group offerings at 42-4100 x121.

Day One Announces 2014/2015 Lecture Series

Day One is excited to announce our 2014 – 2015 Day One Monthly Lecture Seriesamy, which kicks off in October 2014.

Workshops will be conducted by Day One Clinical, Advocacy and Education Staff. Three NASW CEUs will be available for each workshop.  

Topics include Bystander Intervention; Self-Harming Behaviors and Trauma; Developmental Disability-Focused Therapeutic Responses to Trauma; Expressive Modalities in Trauma Treatment; Responding to Elder Abuse, Combating Vicarious Traumatization, and more!

We are offering a 50% registration discount per workshop to anyone who attended our 1st Annual Conference at the Providence Marriott on June 19, 2014!

Also, please save the date for the 2nd Annual Day One Conference at the Providence Marriott Downtown on April 30, 2015! There will be a pre-conference, focused on sex trafficking in Rhode Island, on April 29, 2015. More details coming soon!  

For more information please contact: Karyn Watkins, Training Specialist, via e-mail or at (401) 421-4100 x162.

Additional information can be found here

RI Sex Trafficking Task Force Developing New Protocols

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Attendees of the August meeting of the RI sex trafficking task force at Day One.

Like all forms of sexual violence, the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) does not discriminate. According to national data, 70 to 90% of CSEC victims were prior victims of child abuse.The children we are seeing at Day One represent all cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. They are male and female.

The overall goal of Day One’s statewide task force to address CSEC is to build greater awareness and a better response system to identify at risk CSEC victims within the state of Rhode Island. Since its creation in November 2013, the task force is making great strides.

Made up of local and state law enforcement; FBI; the Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Attorney’s Office; the RI Department of Attorney General; Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Child Protection Program (the Aubin Center); RI Department of Children, Youth and Families; and Day One’s Administrative, Advocacy, Clinical and CAC staff, the team represents all of the agencies that have contact with CSEC cases. At its August meeting, the task force agreed on the core principles that needed to be defined in order to move forward with developing new protocols for Rhode Island.

The commitment of the meeting attendees was clear. “When a victim of CSEC is brought in, I want all of the key players connected with each other,” said Peter Neronha, United States Attorney for Rhode Island.  “Not the next day. In the next 15 minutes.”

The team developed an immediate notification system with points of contact for each member agency for when a CSEC victim is suspected.

“We acknowledge our need to better identify, track, and serve these children,” said Peg Langhammer, Day One executive director. “We know that the best care models throughout the country accomplish this collaboratively with community partners, across disciplines.”

The task force will reconvene this week, together with the SEEN Coalition out of Boston, to outline recommendations for modifying existing laws and creating new legislation the addresses CSEC specifically. Through the work of the task force, professionals working with CSEC victims will be better equipped to intervene effectively and comprehensively address their needs.

Day One To Honor These Stars at Fall Event

There are some people and organizations who have been particularly instrumental in the fight against sexual violence and have supported Day One’s efforts in various ways throughout the years. Day One will honor four of them at our fall event, Be Among the Stars, on September 26 at Aldrich mansion. Get your tickets here.

Thank you to our four honorees:

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Amanda Milkovits

Amanda Milkovits, Providence Journal

Amanda Milkovits at the Providence Journal has been an instrumental media partner to Day One with her reporting on the issue of sex trafficking in Rhode Island. With a balanced and comprehensive approach, Amanda provides the Rhode Island community with an inside look at the reality of sex trafficking in our state and how these cases are being handled. Community awareness is critical to addressing the problem of sex trafficking, and Amanda’s extensive research and professional reporting have brought this important issue to the forefront.

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Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales has been a strong collaborator with Day One in addressing the issue of sexual assault. In addition to being represented on Day One’s Board of Directors, Johnson & Wales provides student volunteers for Day One’s various events, engages its student body in class projects related to ending sexual violence, and has been a catalyst for training programs at their school and across the state. Day One’s recent Inaugural 5K to End Sexual Violence would not have been possible without the student and faculty volunteers from Johnson & Wales providing their time and expertise to the effort.

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GTECH

GTECH has supported Day One’s efforts to end sexual abuse in our communities for over 20 years. As the title sponsor for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April for the past 13 years, GTECH has helped spread the word about the reality of sexual violence, the importance of prevention education, and the resources available to help victims and their families. GTECH’s company values of integrity, respect and responsibility reflect on their commitment to the Rhode Island community.

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Lawrence A. Aubin, Sr. Child Protection Center

In 1996, the child protection program was created through the collaboration of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Day One has worked closely with the Aubin Center on the Children’s Advocacy Center. A national model for handling child sexual abuse cases, the CAC is a child-focused, multidisciplinary approach that coordinates treatment while helping abused children heal. With the Aubin Center as a vital partner, Day One is now applying the CAC model to address the issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in our communities.

 

Addressing College Sexual Assault in Rhode Island

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Attendees from our recent Green Dot training to prevent sexual violence

If you read the paper or have turned on the news lately, you know that addressing college sexual assault is a major priority, from the White House on down. Rhode Island, with its many colleges and universities in such a concentrated area, is paying special attention to the issue.

One in five women has been sexually assaulted while at college, according to the recent report by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, “Not Alone.”  In an effort to curb this epidemic, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, together with RI Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, has convened a group with representatives from every college and university in the state, local and state law enforcement, and advocacy groups including Day One.  This group will provide input for both national and state legislation concerning college sexual assault.

In addition to serving on this team, Day One has reached out to every college and university in the state to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), something recommended by the White House report.  We are currently meeting with the universities that responded to offer customized training, 24-hour support for victims, and legal advocacy services.

Live the Green Dot

With support from Johnson & Wales University, Day One recently held a four-day training program for every college and university in Rhode Island called “Live the Green Dot.” Johnson & Wales University has used the Green Dot curriculum to train people on all four of its campuses in the United States, including the one in Providence. Representatives from nearly every school in Rhode Island attended, as well as some military members.

“Day One’s education efforts have been advocating bystander intervention as an effective strategy to prevent sexual violence. Green Dot’s bystander intervention program has shown much promise on college campuses,” says Sandra Malone, coordinator of prevention education at Day One.  “Bringing this program to Rhode Island for college staff was an intentional effort to address sexual assault prevention on a state-wide scale. The possibilities in reducing the number of sexual assaults on college campuses in the immediate future are promising.”

Green Dot training is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The “new behavior” is a Green Dot. Green Dot training focuses on fostering authentic relationships, personal connections, and effective persuasive communication.

“This training was so valuable,” said one of the attendees from a local university. “The shift to examining these issues through a bystander lens is innovative and will benefit any college that decides to implement Green Dot on their campus. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to attend!”

“The interest from colleges was overwhelming,” said Malone. “We intend to keep the momentum going by continuing partnerships and working together to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence.”

For more information about the Green Dot training, check out this article in the Providence Journal about the event.

Five Questions with Day One Volunteer Melissa

The work that we do at Day One would not be possible without our amazing team of volunteers. Hear first hand what Melissa’s experience has been like as a volunteer for Day One in this Volunteer Spotlight interview:

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1. What brought you to Day One?

Knowing sexual assault and domestic violence affect so many people, I want to do what I can to help victims understand the resources that are available to them and that they are not alone. I want to let survivors know that someone will always be there to support them.

2. What is the most important thing you have learned during your time here?

The most important thing I have learned during my time here is that domestic violence and sexual assault do not discriminate. These issues affect everyone, no matter where they come from or what their background is.

3. How does volunteering with Day One compare to other places you have volunteered?

Day One is a great agency to volunteer for. As volunteers, we are very appreciated and valued. Whether it is a simple email of thanks to the volunteers who have had go outs during the month or the yearly volunteer appreciation dinner, Day One always supports us. One great thing that stands out to me at Day One is the willingness and availability of the staff to always answer a question, no matter what time it is.

4. What has been your best experience here?

The best experience about being here is knowing the impact that we make as volunteers. It’s a great feeling to be able to give someone the information they need to feel safe, and to let them know there are people willing and able to help them every step of the way.

One particular go out comes to mind.  After sitting with a woman who had been a victim of domestic violence, we talked about the safety of her and her children. I supplied her with a safety plan and information about restraining orders and shelters. It was a great experience seeing the relief on her face, knowing she could go somewhere safe.

5. What advice do you have for other people who might want to volunteer?

My advice to anyone who wants to volunteer is that Day One is the place to do it. You truly make an impact and difference in someone’s life. Day One helps make volunteering a rewarding experience.

Interested in volunteering with Day One? You can apply here.