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"Revenge Porn" Victimizes Pennsylvania Women
“Revenge Porn,” where men send explicit pictures of their “exes” to websites, feels like "emotional terrorism" to victims. The practice is not against the law in many states, including Pennsylvania, at least for now. PCADV's Legal Director, Ellen Kramer, talked to a WNEP16 (Scranton) reporter about efforts to make it illegal. Victims say that restoring their trust, reputations and even livelihoods will be an uphill fight. WNEP16 coverage
"Victims are finding safety and protection... and abusers are being held accountable," says Ellen Kramer, PCADV Legal Director. Watch the Video
Administration Seeks Hotline Funding
Vice President Joe Biden recognized Lynn Rosenthal, the White House's adviser on Violence Against Women, at the National Domestic Violence Hotline office in Austin, TX, where Biden called for more federal funding for the hotline. The Obama Administration had asked for $4.5 million to fully fund the hotline but has only been able to get $3.2 million, and sequestration has further cut that amount to $2.9 million. Meanwhile, the hotline answered 265,000 calls last year, but more than 50,000 calls still went unanswered.
PCADV Legal Director Ellen Kramer opened a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with a speech at Villanova University School of Law's conference on Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
PCADV has partnered with Pennsylvania's eight law schools to hold events throughout the next year that highlight VAWA's landmark achievements in protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The next event will be a conference on Protection of Native American Women in VAWA 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Feb. 17-21, 2014.
Too Common – Yet Preventable
The headlines would be shocking enough if they had been culled from multiple cities over several days or weeks. However, they all appeared the same day – Aug. 15, 2013 – in just one city, Pittsburgh, and in just one newspaper, The Post Gazette:
- "Boyfriend Arrested in Woman's Etna Strangling Death"
- "Hearing Postponed for Pitt Researcher Accused in Wife's Cyanide Death"
- "Fired Moon Police Officer Accused of Assaulting Wife Ordered to Anger Management Classes"
- Domestic Violence: Too Common - Yet Preventable
Read more of PCADV Executive Director Peg Dierker's article in the October issue of La Voz Latina Central, October 2013, p. 12
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A Call to Men
Ted Bunch of A Call to Men visits York's YWCA program on Sept. 24, challenging men to take a more active role in reducing domestic violence in their communities. A Call to Men is a New York-based nonprofit agency that teaches men and boys to develop loving and respectful attitudes toward women. Bunch met with Dee Baker, PCADV's Fund Development Director.
Watch Ted Bunch on the Katie Couric show, when he joins Mariska Hargitay and other cast members of Law & Order Special Victims Unit and Peter Hermann to discuss men, domestic violence and sexual assault, and the No More campaign. Hargitay and Hermann founded the Joyful Heart foundation
Ordinance forces victims to choose between help and homelessness
PCADV filed an amicus brief on May 31 in Briggs v. Norristown. Ms. Briggs' federal lawsuit challenges the Norristown nuisance ordinance that forced her into eviction proceedings after police were repeatedly called to her home. Peg Dierkers, PCADV Executive Director, explained, "We are fighting this ordinance in Pennsylvania to protect victims in our state…We hope our work helps to end these harmful ordinances across the nation." 22 other agencies supported the brief. Read more
Gov. Corbett Proposes More Funding For Services
Gov. Corbett visited the YWCA of Harrisburg on March 29 to talk with advocates about his proposal to increase state funding for services for domestic violence victims.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence commends the U.S. House of Representatives for voting February 28th, by 286 votes - 138 votes, to reauthorize the more inclusive and stronger Violence Against Women Act version already approved by the U.S. Senate. Read More
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