Day One statement on the Bill Cosby verdict

With the attention once again on Bill Cosby as he was sentenced today, many conversations are happening everywhere about sexual assault, reporting, advocacy and the legal process. The three to ten year sentence seems low, when compared to the horrific harm he inflicted on his victims. But he has finally been held accountable and labeled permanently for what he truly is: a sexually violent predator. Victims can finally have closure to this nightmarish chapter, and, hopefully, begin the healing they so need and deserve. It is a win for all victims to see a perpetrator being held responsible for their actions.

It is important for victims in Rhode Island to know that Day One is available to help victims at any time. Whether it is immediately after an assault or years later. Support is available for victims of sexual assault and loved ones. Day One has someone available to speak with 24/7, no matter when the sexual violence occurred. Staff and volunteers are trained to accompany victims to medical facilities, police stations, and legal proceedings and advocate for their needs.

At the heart of every sexual abuse case are the victims. Victims seek justice and show courage and strength in facing their attacker in court. Going through the legal process can be traumatic and the loss of privacy and control over this most intimate part of their life can mirror the loss of control felt at the time of the abuse.

We hope the fact that Cosby, a person with fame, power, and notoriety, has been held accountable, will in turn help other survivors of sexual violence feel comfortable in coming forward with their own reports against their offenders. Victims should first and foremost be believed if we are to be able to move forward with healing. Once again, Day One is here for anyone who is looking for support. Contact us at 401-421-4100. If you need immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-494-8100.

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Day One issues statement of strong support of victims of sexual assault

As a national spotlight is once again on the issue of sexual assault, we at Day One feel the need to respond. We are three days before the hearing is scheduled when Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are set to be questioned. At this point, we feel it is imperative to clarify what we know about victims and survivors of sexual assault.

An important thing to remember is that it is not only the cases involving public figures we should be concerned with. These are a small public sample, but we are also concerned with all victims from all walks of life, even those who are not involved in prominent cases. We want to ensure all victims have the same level of service, options and support.

Sexual assault is a very difficult crime to report. Victims do not report sexual assault for a variety of reasons and those who do come forward often face scrutiny and are met with disbelief. The reality is only about 2-4% of sexual assault accusations are unfounded or false.

More than 60% of sexual assaults are unreported. Reasons why victims don’t come forward may include shame, denial, fear of retaliation, feelings of helplessness, and a justice system that often fails to provide them with outcomes of safety, security and validation.

In addition, recovering from sexual assault or abuse may take weeks, months, years or a lifetime. There is no timetable for healing which is why it often takes time for a victim to come forward.

We don’t often question when young survivors of clergy abuse come forward, so why should we question other claims of sexual abuse with such indignation. It may take years for a survivor to process what has happened which is why there is now no statute of limitations on criminal cases of sexual assault in Rhode Island and why Day One is seeking to extend the civil statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse to 35 years. Day One also strongly supports practices that interview survivors in a trauma informed manner.

For all of these reasons, Day One is willing and able to support survivors in whatever stage of reporting or healing they find themselves in. We are here for all survivors and will support them throughout their entire process, whether or not that includes making the choice to seek legal justice.

It’s time we, as a community, recognize the massive prevalence of this crime and show our unconditional support of all survivors of sexual assault everywhere without regards to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or no matter how long ago the incident took place.

Thank you, Rhode Island, for standing with us in our mission to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse in hopes of one day, creating a community that is free of sexual violence.

Day One announces expansion of clinical services in Newport County and Washington County

Providence, RI – September 13, 2018

Day One, the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern, is proud to announce the expansion of our clinical services as of September 1st. In looking at the need throughout the state, Day One has opened satellite clinical offices in Newport and Washington Counties to provide trauma focused clinical services in these locations.

Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually abused. Over the past year requests for services have increased exponentially throughout the state. Prior to opening satellite offices, clients throughout the state needed to travel to our main office in Providence. “Recognizing a need for expanded services and responding to the data, we are now able to meet many of our clients closer to home, making therapy more accessible to clients in need throughout the state,” says JoAnne Waite, Director of Clinical Services at Day One.

Through a fantastic partnership with the Newport County YMCA and the Ocean Community YMCA, Day One is able to meet with clients right in their communities. Day One currently has two clinicians at the Newport County YMCA located at 792 Valley Road, Middletown, RI. Appointments are available on Thursdays and Saturdays. “The Newport County YMCA cares about the physical and mental wellness of our community. Day One provides an important service and the Y is very happy to open our doors to them. We welcome any organization that benefits the well-being of Newport County”, Shannon D’Eramo, COO, Newport County YMCA.

Day One also has one clinician available at the Westerly-Pawcatuk Branch located at 95 High Street, Westerly, RI on Tuesdays. Tim Babcock, VP of Operations at the Ocean CommunityYMCA states, “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Day One in supporting their important and impactful work throughout the state. We look forward to helping make a difference in our part of the state.”

To make an appointment at either of these locations, or the main office at 100 Medway Street, Providence, RI, people can call Day One’s main office at 401-421-4100. For more information about Day One please visit www.DayOneRI.org.

Zero Tolerance Policy Statement from Day One

Day One stands with countless others who are horrified to see the images and videos of children who have been separated from their families. Operating Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state, Day One knows first-hand how childhood trauma affects children for the rest of their lives. This policy of traumatically separating children from their parents has negative health and mental health outcomes for youth.

In addition, bringing children to detention centers only heightens the negative outcomes. A Department of Justice Report states that one in eight youth in federal youth detention facilities reported they were sexually abused while housed there.

Regardless of anyone’s politics, the trauma to these children is unconscionable. Many of these children will likely never be reunited with their parents. This practice of treating these immigrant families as less than humans by tearing them apart without the thought of consequence on the children is grossly inhumane

We urge congress and the administration to release the children being held at the detention centers and fully commit to reuniting children with their families. Anything less than a multipronged effort to do this is inhumane and unconscionable. Children are our most precious and vulnerable population. We need to work together to ensure that they are spared further trauma and abuse.

Peg Langhammer,
Executive Director
Day One

Day One statement following the Bill Cosby Verdict

After two days of deliberations, Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand. These felony counts are each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.

We applaud the courage of Ms. Constand who has spent years trying to bring a case forward to hold Cosby accountable. This verdict represents that no one, even the most revered celebrities are above the law.

The longevity of these cases represents how challenging it is for victims to find justice. We know that only one in six sexual assaults is reported, with fewer ending in conviction, and even less serving jail time.

According to RAINN(Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), Out of every 1,000 rapes, 310 are reported to police, 57 reports lead to arrest, and only 6 rapists will be incarcerated. 994 perpetrators will walk free.

There is still a long way to go in making our system and society responsive to the issue of sexual violence. This is truly a victory for survivors.

The majority of sexual violence is committed by people survivors know and trust. People who commit acts of sexual violence may abuse celebrity or authority status and the illusion of trust that comes with it. It is important for victims in Rhode Island to know that Day One is available to help victims at any time. Whether it is immediately after an assault or years later. Day One has someone available to speak with 24/7, no matter when the sexual violence occurred. Staff and volunteers are trained to accompany victims to medical facilities, police stations, and legal proceedings and advocate for their needs.

At the heart of every sexual abuse case are the victims. Victims seek justice and show courage and strength in facing their attacker in court. Going through the legal process can be traumatic and the loss of privacy and control over this most intimate part of their life can mirror the loss of control felt at the time of the abuse. This is why advocacy is so important.

The courage of the survivors in this case and so many others is inspiring. After seeing a celebrity held accountable for his actions, more victims may now feel more comfortable reporting their own abuses. Victims should first and foremost be believed if we are to be able to move forward with healing.

We hope this high-profile case will bring more attention to the issue of sexual assault. We encourage the community to visit our website to learn more about the subject of sexual assault and how Day One can help those in need at www.dayoneri.org.

While we know many other victims were not able to achieve what Andrea Constand did today, our hope is that they feel some sense of justice after this verdict.

Peg Langhammer,
Executive Director
Day One

2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
 The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Join us in spreading awareness of this important issue. This year’s theme: “Your voice has power! Stop the silence. Start the discussion.”  builds upon the #MeToo movement and everyone having a voice in preventing sexual violence. We are stronger together. Day One cannot do it alone; all organizations and community members are needed to expand sexual assault prevention efforts and help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. Thank you for getting involved and for supporting Day One’s SAAM efforts.
All month long, our staff will be busy with dozens of events ranging from trainings, information tables, films, and panel discussions throughout the state. A calendar of the public events Day One is participating in is below:

SAAM events open to the public include:
  • April 3: Film and Discussion “The Hunting Ground,” 5:30PM-7PM, at Day One
  • April 9: Community Training: VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday); 9-11AM at Day One
  • April 10: Community Training: Sexual Assault 101; 9-11AM at Day One
  • April 11: Victim’s Grove Ceremony; 12 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Providence
  • April 11: Day One Fundraiser at the PawSox; 12:05 PM – Paws For A Cause, Pawtucket – purchase tickets to the game using this link and half the proceeds benefit Day One.
  • April 17: Film and Discussion “The Mask You Live In,” 5:30PM-7PM, at Day One
  • April 25: National Denim Day, Denim Day is an anti-sexual violence campaign that uses denim jeans as a statement to raise awareness about victim blaming, rape culture, and sexual abuse.
  • April 28: Day of Accountability, Statehouse Lawn, Event by RI Student Collaborative
  • April 30: Human Trafficking Resources Seminar, 6:00-8:00 PM; Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St, Providence
  • May 1: May One For Day One, McBride’s Pub, Providence (details coming soon)
  • May 12: Day One 5KRegister today to run or walk to end sexual violence.
Aside from our events we have a great advertising campaign spreading awareness in Rhode Island. Listen to our ads on 92 ProFM. You may even see some of our SAAM ads on the sides of buses or on billboards across the state!
Check out our social media pages for great statistics and information during SAAM. Be sure to like and share our posts and let us know if you hear us on the radio or see our ads on buses! SAAM is our biggest outreach event of the year! We hope you all join us in spreading awareness to help put a stop to sexual abuse and violence!

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