Big Prizes for a Great Cause!

Enter to win these amazing prizes and more at Day One’s Vintage Vegas event!

Purchase Tickets:  $25/each or 3/$50 
Winners will be announced at the Vintage Vegas event (you do not need to be present at event to win.)

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...and more fine prizes!  

Purchase Tickets:  $25/each or 3/$50 
Winners will be announced at the Vintage Vegas event (you do not need to be present at event to win.)

Raffle proceeds to benefit Day One – thank you!

Roll With These VIPs at Day One’s Vintage Vegas Event!

Join us September 18, 2015 at our annual event, Vintage Vegas, and help us honor these true VIPs in the fight against sexual violence! Tickets are $75 for an evening of music, magic, and a few surprises!
Senator M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Rhode Island

Sen. Paiva Weed is a tireless champion for Day One and for all of the children and adults in Rhode Island who have been affected by sexual violence. Her passion and her perseverance on behalf of victims in Rhode Island have allowed Day One to continue to expand services and improve our programs around the state. Proudly representing the people of Newport and Jamestown in District 13, Sen. Paiva Weed was elected the first woman president of the Rhode Island Senate in 2009 and is currently serving her fourth term in that key leadership position.

Hasbro

Through the Hasbro Children’s Fund, Hasbro gives hope to children who need it most.  For over 20 years, Hasbro has supported Day One’s Children’s Advocacy Center and played a key role in helping Day One move into its current headquarters on the east side of Providence through a generous gift to Day One’s capital campaign.  The Community Relations team at Hasbro, led by Karen Davis, has continued to provide critical resources to help child victims of sexual abuse in Rhode Island.

Mark T. Ryan, Principal, Moses Afonso Ryan

Mike Ryan, Director of Government Affairs, National Grid

Mark Ryan and Mike Ryan, as the co-chairs for the Fund for Day One campaign, have made extraordinary strides in helping to create a more sustainable future for Day One as we work to secure and expand our nationally recognized programs. The steadfast effort of these two dedicated advocates has allowed Day One to better respond to increasing community needs. Their consistent support of Day One’s mission has had a real and lasting impact on child and adult victims of sexual abuse.

Lynn Arditi, Reporter, Providence Journal

 Lynn Arditi has written about the economy, prostitution, the drug epidemic and, most recently, sexual assault on college campuses. Her detailed, unapologetic coverage of campus sexual assaults in Rhode Island, as well as legislation about the issue both locally and across the country, provides timely and relevant information to the public. Lynn goes right to the source to get the most balanced and accurate stories and has been a significant media voice for raising awareness about college sexual assault.

Responding to Sexual Behavior Problems in Youth

Family united together holding handsWith so much attention in the media this past week regarding the Duggar family and the actions of their eldest son Josh when he was a teenager, numerous issues have been raised surrounding sexual behavior problems in youth and how parents and caregivers can appropriately respond.

At Day One’s Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), many of our most heart-wrenching cases involve families in which sibling abuse has occurred. Parents are distraught about the victimization of one child, while terribly worried about the legal consequences to another child. The anguish of parents as they struggle to provide emotional support and effective intervention to both the child victim and the child with sexual behavior problems is real and palpable.

Thankfully, our CAC locations in Rhode Island and our multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach can help families navigate this difficult time. CACs serve as a gateway to services that can help victims heal and ensure youth with sexual behavior problems receive effective treatment and are held accountable for changing their behavior.

It is important to note that youth with sexual behavior problems are more common than most people realize. Thirty percent of the over 100 sexual abuse cases seen at Day One’s CACs so far in 2015 involved an offender under the age of 18 – most often a sibling, cousin, or friend from the neighborhood or school.

There are many reasons children and youth may develop a sexual behavior problem:  lack of privacy and boundaries; exposure to sexualized materials or environment; curiosity that gets out of hand; a sexual abuse history of their own, and others. Whatever the reason, it is critical to ensure these youth receive evidence-supported treatment to interrupt this cycle of behavior, so that all children in the home can be safe.

If we can identify these issues and interrupt this behavior early and appropriately with treatment, we may ultimately prevent future child sexual abuse from occurring. One excellent resource for parents and professionals is the National Center for the Sexual Behavior of Youth, which provides public awareness, training in evidence-based treatments, and technical assistance all tied to managing and responding to youth with problematic sexual behavior.

Finally, and most importantly, at the heart of every child sexual abuse case are the child victims. We should not minimize the trauma child victims suffer as a result of abuse by youth with sexual behavior problems. Whether the offender is a sibling, friend, or extended family member, the victims suffer a betrayal of trust and a loss of personal safety that is deeply wounding. Similar to other forms of child sexual abuse where the offender is within the family, these child victims struggle with both their fear of continued abuse and their love for the family member who has harmed them.

As a society, we have failed to protect these victims and we owe them the evidence-based treatment needed to heal, as well as our support as they go through the challenging healing process. Critical to that healing process is the privacy and space to heal outside of the glare of the television camera and the reporter’s news cycles.

When victims are “outed” publicly in the way the Duggar sisters were, this experience can be as traumatic as the abusive incident. Victims routinely report media attention as stressful and many are ill prepared for the consequences of such media scrutiny. 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. Some adult survivors find speaking out about their experiences empowering. However, the common thread in this experience is one of choice – the victim made the choice to tell their story and exerted some control over the timing and narrative. We can all help victims become survivors by sending a clear message to media that we do not want the names of victims shared without their permission, nor should victims be hounded to tell “their side” of the story.

As a professional who has witnessed countless cases of child abuse and neglect over the years, I hope this instance will only further draw attention to the issue of child abuse and how we all are responsible for protecting Rhode Island’s children. I also encourage parents and caregivers to visit Day One’s web site to learn more about the services offered by our Children’s Advocacy Center. With CAC locations across the state, there are intervention and prevention services readily available so those in similar situations to the Duggar family may seek the help and treatment they need and deserve.

Peg Langhammer, Executive Director, Day One

Keynote speaker offers powerful message at Day One’s Annual Conference

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Day One’s 2015 Annual Conference closed out Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a focus on prevention, training and treatment.  Our annual conference featured Dorothy Edwards, Executive Director of green dot, etc., who started off the day with an inspiring talk about prevention of power-based personal violence. She also served as instructor for a three-part bystander intervention training session during the conference.

“I do this work because I believe with everything in me that current rates of power-based personal violence are not inevitable. I do this work because if I didn’t believe this could change – I would be accepting some truths about humanity that I am just not willing to accept.” – Dorothy Edwards

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Other sessions included survivors from One Voice, Day One’s survivor advocacy group, who spoke about the impact of victimization, a brief overview of human trafficking, and trauma-informed treatment therapies.

Pre-conference focused on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children 

Day One also hosted a pre-conference the day before to provide an inside look at commercial sex trafficking in Rhode Island and how the statewide trafficking task force is addressing it.

Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed offered welcoming remarks and a commitment to working to end human trafficking in Rhode Island. The panel featured US Attorney Peter Nerhona and representatives from Day One, the RI Attorney General’s Office, RI State Police, Providence Police, and Homeland Security.

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This packed half-day session covered:

  • Recommendations and discussion around statewide policy changes 
  • An honest, transparent look at how the response process is changing for the better
  • Actions to take for both high-risk youth and identified victims
  • Actual trafficking case presentations and discussion
  • Next steps

Day One 5K raises over $27,000 to support victims of sexual violence

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On April 12, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Day One hosted our second annual 5K and the turnout pretty much blew our minds! Since last year, the number of participants grew by over 200 people. We had 750 … Continue reading

Day One Board Member Honored by National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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Day One Board President Peter Loescher and Executive Director Peg Langhammer present Dr. Amy Goldberg (center) with Visionary Voice award.

Dr. Amy Goldberg, who serves on Day One’s Board of Directors, received one of this year’s Visionary Voice awards from the NSVRC.

In the Movement

Amy Goldberg currently sees patients in the Lawrence A. Aubin Sr. Child Protection Center at Hasbro and is an Associate Professor at Brown University. Her research interests include child maltreatment, children with special needs, and acute sexual assault.

Roles and Organization

Amy has published several papers and textbook chapters on child physical and sexual abuse and is actively involved in community partnerships, including the Rhode Island Child Death Review Team, Child Welfare Advisory Council and the Rhode Island Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee. She is a board member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the AAP and is the Chair of the RI-AAP Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Goldberg recently was awarded funds to start the first medical protocols for domestic minor sex trafficked youth in the state of Rhode Island.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, an expert in sexual violence prevention and response, announces 30 recipients of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award. The multidisciplinary group of honorees is selected for their outstanding work toward ending sexual violence.

The Visionary Voice Award is presented annually by the NSVRC in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence.

The complete list of honorees can be viewed here.

Governor Raimondo joins Day One to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Day One held a news conference on March 30 to begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month and announce a new initiative aimed at effectively responding to adult sexual assault cases in Rhode Island. Speakers included Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Day One Executive Director Peg Langhammer, and Brown University senior and activist Katie Byron.

“The issue is important to me as a governor…. The issue is important to me as a mother. Our students deserve to go to a place where they can learn and be free of the danger of sexual assault.” – Governor Raimondo

Day One formally announced a specialized task force to address adult sexual assault in Rhode Island that includes law enforcement, prosecution, Day One advocates, medical professionals, and higher education representatives.

The approach has to be victim centered, and we need to give the victim choices, whether they want to proceed on college campus, with law enforcement, or with just the victim advocate,” – Col. Clements

This task force will be responsible for the oversight of adult sexual assault cases from the initial report to investigation and prosecution to trauma-informed clinical treatment and support for the victim. The goals of the task force are to:

  • Establish a comprehensive and collaborative multi-disciplinary team approach to dealing with adult sexual assault cases statewide
  • Develop and implement policies and protocols using a best practices approach to investigation and prosecution
  • Improve response rate to sexual assault victims in urgent need of services
  • Ensure that an efficient system of response is accessible to all victims

There is currently no consistent, centralized means of tracking of sexual assault data in Rhode Island.  Without effective tracking, many of these cases cannot be properly monitored and followed up on. We know that, based on successful models in other states, a positive experience during initial reporting creates an environment where victims feel supported and believed, and decreases re-traumatization.

“Student survivors are speaking out about their experiences and in doing so, [they] are holding their universities accountable for creating safe learning environments for all students,” – Katie Byron

Check out some of the media coverage from Monday’s event!