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

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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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The Day One 5K is back!

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Save the date for this year’s Day One 5K

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Help close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a race to end sexual violence in Rhode Island. Whether you are walking, running, or just enjoying the festivities, you can help make a difference. Come show your support Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 AM (youth race starts at 9:00 AM) in Providence’s historic east side. The race begins and ends at Brown University Athletic Stadium. For more information visit DayOne5K.org.

Click here to register today!

Our year in review!

2017 has been a phenomenal year for Day One in our never ending quest to end sexual violence. This year we have seen growth in every one of our programs, and most importantly have seen a groundswell or ‘cultural tsunami’ around the issue of sexual violence and harassment across the country following the #MeToo movement.

With more people coming forward – nationally and locally – we expect to see another significant increase in the number of women, men, children, and families needing our help in 2018.

From sexual assault on college campuses to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, Day One will continue to lead efforts to end sexual violence and provide real solutions for victims and for those at risk.

Take a quick look at our year in review!

Day One awarded federal grant to combat human trafficking

Day One, the only agency in Rhode Island specifically organized to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern, has announced it has been partnering with the Justice Research Institute in Massachusetts on a Look Beneath the Surface Grant from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families, to help those affected by human trafficking.

This federal grant will be administered through 2020. Through this grant program, Day One will work with the Justice Research Institute to re-establish the New England Coalition Against Trafficking (NECAT), a regional initiative aimed to raise awareness and combat human trafficking.

“This funding enables us to grow our efforts in combating human trafficking, not only in Rhode Island, but throughout New England and beyond,” said Peg Langhammer, Executive Director of Day One. “Over the next three years, our team will work tirelessly and use this grant to reach as many individuals and families who have been impacted by the horrific crimes of human trafficking.”

Over the next three years, Day One will collaborate with agencies in Rhode Island and throughout New England to provide anti-human trafficking-based training to professional groups and organizations who work closely with vulnerable populations. This partnership will focus on three main objectives – training, identification, and reaching underserved populations.

NECAT will include the following organizations: Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (Bridgeport, Conn.), Preble Street (Portland, Maine), The Human Trafficking Initiative (Boston), New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force (Concord, N.H.), Day One (Providence, R.I.), and Give Way to Freedom (Essex, Vt.).

Together we can end sexual assault! 

IMAGESince the start of 2017, Day One has served almost 9,000 Rhode Islanders, a 28% increase over the year before. With more people coming forward – nationally and locally – we expect to see another significant increase in the number of women, men, children, and families needing our help in 2018.

Throughout this holiday season and into the new year, we will remain focused on what matters – stopping sexual violence in our community. From sexual assault on college campuses to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, Day One will continue to lead efforts to end sexual violence and provide real solutions for victims and for those at risk.

We cannot do this critical work without you! We hope you will join us in supporting the thousands of Rhode Islanders who come forward each year.

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As we look to a new year full of hope and possibility, we are so encouraged by the major changes we are seeing in our communities. People are getting involved like never before.

With your continued support, we can put an end to sexual violence, together. Please join us in making 2018 the year!