Earlier today, Day One was happy to attend a community forum hosted by Rhode Island State Police regarding immigration.
Day One joined other community leaders to discuss and ask questions regarding State Police policies and procedures on immigration. The goal of this forum was to ensure that all residents can feel confident and safe to contact the State Police for services without fear that their immigration status will be questioned.
As the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with the issue of sexual assault as a community concern, we want to make sure victims feel safe coming forward to report a crime.
The State Police policy states that complainants, witnesses and victims are encouraged to communicate with State Police officers without fear of inquiry regarding their immigration or alien status. Being an undocumented person in this country, barring any criminal activity, is a federal civil violation not enforced by the Rhode Island State Police. A person’s immigration or citizenship status shall not be a reason to not pursue a complaint or complete an investigation.
Day One works with the Rhode Island State Police on a regular basis and we are happy to see forums like today’s discuss how victims of crime, no matter their citizenship, should have no fear reporting a crime. We want to ensure that victims in Rhode Island are safe and receive the support and information they need throughout the process. At Day One, we work with all victims regardless of immigration status. If you need help, please call us at 401-421-4100, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our 24-hour helpline at 1-800-494-8100.
We had a great July meeting of the RI Cross-Campus Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence Prevention hosted at Salve Regina University. Faculty, staff, and students shared their work on research partnerships between academic and student affairs on campus sexual violence. Each month, we rotate meeting locations between the eleven colleges/universities in the state, where colleagues and members of the Collaborative facilitate a presentation/discussion relevant to sexual violence prevention.
Now, the Collaborative is gearing up for a retreat on August 17, marking the two year anniversary of this state-wide initiative! We will be reflecting on our successes over the past two years, highlighting the prevention work done on each campus, and planning for our future goals and next steps.
Additionally, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are hosting a national campus sexual assault prevention Action Planning Institute. After a competitive application process, eleven teams across the country have been selected to participate in this opportunity to receive technical assistance in the implementation and evaluation process.
The RI Cross-Campus Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence Prevention was selected as one of the teams with the following representatives:
- Lauren Kelly, Day One
- Jola Ilori, RI Department of Health
- Korina Ramsland-Short, Johnson & Wales University
- Lisa Hoopis, Rhode Island College
- Rachel Dunham, University of Rhode Island
The Action Planning Institute will be held at the end of July in Atlanta, GA where we will have the opportunity to present the work of the Collaborative as a state-wide model for campus sexual violence prevention. In addition, we will have an opportunity to strategically plan for the continuation of our work through an ongoing implementation and evaluation process with the support of the APHA and CDC in the coming months.
Day One has experienced strategic growth over the past month with dedicated hires in leading the agency’s most critical areas. “Our growth is indicative of the overwhelming need in our society for these services,” says Peg Langhammer, Day One executive director. “The new staff additions will allow us to move forward though our strategic planning and allow our services to grow and support the community’s needs.”
Day One is pleased to announce that Maureen Philbin has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Maureen will be responsible for overseeing all programs and services while working with the board of directors and management team to implement the agency’s strategic plan to help shape the future of Day One.
Over the past two years, Maureen has been the Director of Advocacy at Day One and has worked tirelessly in growing all of our programs as well as creating programs for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and improving the statewide helpline to support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Prior to Day One, Maureen worked in multiple positions over 20 years at Child & Family Services of Newport County. Maureen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University and her Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into this new role,” said Maureen. “There is a strong need in Rhode Island for all of Day One’s services; and I look forward to helping guide the organization as we continue to grow.”
Additionally, Day One would like to announce the hiring of Nancy Stetter as our new Controller. As the Controller, Nancy will be responsible for managing the agency’s finances. The position also oversees human resources functions.
Nancy brings over 20 years of financial and accounting experience to Day One. Most recently, Nancy was the Director of Finance and Administration at Serve Rhode Island, where she managed all aspects of accounting, grants management, and administrative management functions for Rhode Island’s Commission for National and Community Service to facilitate the administering of grants for nine federally funded AmeriCorps volunteer programs. Within this role, a large focus of her time was working with numerous nonprofits and sub-grantees. Nancy previously worked at Save the Bay for over a decade as well as other nonprofits over the years. Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Finance from Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey.
Over the past week, while many were enjoying the start of summer and celebrating Independence Day, those who are “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” saw a frenzy on social media of explicit images of Rob Kardashian’s ex Blac Chyna. According to California law, Rob’s posts are illegal and could be classified as revenge porn.
Revenge porn happens when someone purposely disseminates a private image of another person engaged in sexual conduct or of the person’s intimate parts without authorization and with the intent to harass, intimidate, threaten, or coerce the depicted person.
The practice of publishing sexually explicit images of a person without consent can have a lifelong traumatic impact on the victim. As digital harassment grows online, laws need to catch up. Currently, Rhode Island has inadequate provisions for addressing revenge porn, but we are hopeful that bills recently put forth will soon be passed. Presently, at least 34 states, including California (where Kardashian resides) have already enacted legislation addressing this issue.
The photos of Chyna have since been removed from Instagram, and Kardashian’s account has been shut down. But, under California’s revenge porn laws, the offense can be punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
As a community, we need to educate our youth on the consequences of sharing explicit photos. Private photos can be posted for everyone to see, and once an image is online, it exists forever! We urge all parents to use this story to start a conversation with your child about the dangers and consequences of sharing intimate photos and videos with others.
Our Dine For Day One event is tomorrow!
Tickets are still available.
Order your tickets today.
Join us as we celebrate the solstice!
Tomorrow, June 21, 2017
6:00 – 9:30 PM
Skyline at Waterplace
One Finance Way
Providence, RI 02903
Special Guest Emcee: Mark Searles, WJAR NBC 10 News
Event Honoree: Peter F. Neronha, Former United States Attorney
Taste savory & sweet treats from Rhode Island’s best restaurants & bakeries.
This past April, Day One focused on engaging communities to raise awareness about sexual violence for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM, each year, is to get people talking about sexual assault by presenting information on what we can all do to prevent it and make our communities safer.
This year, Day One’s theme was “Engaging New Voices. Forging New Alliances,” built upon the idea that we are stronger when we work together. This theme demonstrates that everyone has a part in ending sexual violence. In order to bring the theme to life, we held many events throughout the state with a focus on student events through prevention and education efforts like workshops, films, and panel discussions. Through these initiatives we were able to present to middle schools, high schools, and colleges across Rhode Island.
Community Response: Human Trafficking
While many events focused on prevention and education, several SAAM events also covered the subject of human trafficking. These included a human trafficking panel and documentary screening at Roger Williams University, which featured the Day One Children’s Advocacy Center. Another event at Salve Regina University, entitled “Community Response: Technology’s Role in Human Trafficking,” and included a panel of law enforcement professionals working to track down perpetrators.
Education and Prevention
Other workshops and trainings throughout the state included a Coast Guard Bystander Training and a Healthy Relationships workshop for the RI Transition Academy. The RI Student Collaborative, a coalition of students from different colleges, also planned “A Day of Accountability” that asked students to work towards campuses that were free of violence. Through the SAAM campaign and initiatives around the state, the agency worked to foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect.