January 31, 2019
January marks the 15th Annual National Stalking Awareness Month, where efforts are made across the country to highlight the seriousness and dangers of stalking, as well as what individuals and communities can do to stay safe.
While YWCA Clark County doesn’t have a program solely devoted to stalking crimes, it is a behavior that can be both a precursor to sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as exist concurrently with these forms of abuse. According to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) 81% of women who were stalked by a current or former spouse or cohabitating partner were also physically assaulted by that partner. Additionally, 31% of women stalked by an intimate partner were also sexually assaulted by that partner. Advocates in both our SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Program have done work in helping participants who were victims of stalking and worked to keep them safe. More
January 25, 2019
by De Stewart, Advocacy Specialist Sexual Assault Program
YWCA Clark County Sexual Assault Program support groups are here to help survivors heal from the effects of sexual assault and/or abuse. A sexual assault is a crisis. It creates trauma in the life of survivors and those who support them.
Everyone who experiences sexual assault deals with the abuse differently. There can be a range of emotions experienced in the aftermath of sexual assault, from shock, disbelief, fear, isolation, and confusion to a loss of one’s feeling of personal safety and autonomy. Survivors may cope with the abuse in a variety of ways. Some want to forget the assault ever happened and just move on with their lives, deeply burying the pain of the assault. Others want to talk to someone they trust who will be a compassionate, non-judgmental listener. The healing process takes time and does not happen in a linear manner. There isn’t a specific time-frame when a survivor should, “just be over it”.
Though the immediate effects of trauma may lessen with time, the impact on survivors’ lives can last for years afterwards. Support is an important step in mitigating the effects of sexual abuse and can be helpful in moving the healing process forward no matter how long ago the abuse occurred or where a survivor is in the healing process. YWCA Clark County is here to support survivors in that healing process. More
December 27, 2018
*Sarah had just turned 18, and left her former foster home with very few resources. Because she had nowhere to go she ended up returning to live with several family members who were heavily into drugs and alcohol. Sarah quickly realized that this was not a safe place for her to stay, and she reached out to our Independent Living Skills (ILS) program for support.
Through her work with the program, and the commitment of her ILS Advocate, she was able to apply for a housing voucher, rent and furnish her own apartment, and have the length of the voucher extended to five years.