Ending Violence Against Women

Ending Violence Against Women is a Committee of the Human Rights Task Force, addressing issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking, as well as other forms of violence against women. The Ending Violence Task Force was created in April 2008 to address issues of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation in order to increase awareness and empower those women and children affected. Over the years, the Task Force has put a spotlight on the issues to get people talking about them. We also promote tangible actions that we can all take to help eradicate these forms of violence. When you look at the facts you see that we still have a long way to go.

1 in 3 women has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime;

Rape continues to be used as a weapon during war and conflict;

Globalization and climate change are having the most profound impacts on women and children who are disproportionately displaced and left without options;

Gender-based violence is an affliction that millions of women and children suffer in silence and shame. Many become victimized by those who are supposed to love and protect them. 

Please share these three one-page information sheets on issues of Domestic Violence, how you can help victims of Domestic Violence, and global issues of Violence Against Women with your club members. 

For a worldwide listing of domestic violence agencies, see the Hot Peaches website

You'll find a link to the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC) website on our homepage under Domestic Violence. 

For more information or to get involved, contact the Committee Co-Chairs.

Co-Chair, Global Issues, Tonya Teichert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tonya Teichert (AWC The Taunus)

Co-Chair, Global Issues


Co-Chair, Domestic Violence and AODVC Liaison, Karen Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Karen Lewis (FAUSA)

Co-Chair, Domestic Violence and AODVC Liaison

Ending Violence Against Women is a Committee of the Human Rights Task Force, addressing issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking, as well as other forms of violence against women.

 

The Ending Violence Against Women and Children Task Force was created in April 2008 to address issues of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation in order to increase awareness and empower those women and children affected. Over the years, the Task Force has put a spotlight on these issues in order to generate discussion about them. We also promote tangible actions that we can all take to help eradicate these forms of violence. When you look at the facts you see that we still have a long way to go.

 

1 in 3 women has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime;

 

Rape continues to be used as a weapon during war and conflict;

 

Globalization and climate change are having the most profound impacts on women and children who are disproportionately displaced and left without options;

 

Gender-based violence is an affliction that millions of women and children suffer in silence and shame. Many become victimized by those who are supposed to love and protect them.

 

Information Sheets

Please share these three one-page PDF information sheets on issues of Domestic Violence, how you can help victims of Domestic Violence, and global issues of Violence Against Women with your club members.

 

Domestic Violence Resources

For a worldwide listing of domestic violence agencies, see the Hot Peaches website.

 

For information on help for overseas Americans experiencing family violence visit the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC) website at http://www.866uswomen.org.  

 

Get Help!

For immediate assistance, call 866-USWOMEN (879-6636).  AODVC case managers are available on this international toll free domestic violence crisis line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

 

Callers will not be charged for the calls, however, if calling from a cell phone, plan minutes may be used. Contact your cell phone service provider to check if minutes would be used on your plan.  For more dialing instructions and emailing instructions, visit the website.

 

This hotline also provides Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad (SASHAA).  For more information on staying safe abroad and accessing the services of SASHAA go to their website at https://sashaa.org.

 

For more information or to get involved, contact one of the Committee Co-Chairs.

The Girls Prevention Program specifically targets middle and high school girls who demonstrate at risk behavior. The idea is to educate them on the seriousness of sexual exploitation that can lead to victimization. The 10-session curriculum is aimed at keeping the most vulnerable adolescent girls from sexual exploitation and prostitution. UAHT has also found it important to add the component of labor trafficking to the curriculum and discuss issue and vulnerability that may lead youth to labor exploitation as well. The curriculum embraces a focus on empowerment and blends a variety of activities, which foster self-reflection, understanding about the issue, and knowledge to help young women identify potentially exploitive situations. HRRC also provides an abridged version of the prevention program for those organizations that cannot accommodate all 10 sessions
Sixty-five girls participated in two program sessions in the first half of 2014 and three more were planned for later in the year. The program costs approximately $25 per person. The programs have been administered to CPS (Child Protection Services) and to Juvenile Detention Center. The project focuses specifically on at-risk (runaway and “throwaway”) youth residing in juvenile probation programs or detention centers.

Girls Prevention Program
 has adopted the My Life My Choice: Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation Among Adolescent Girls, a national curriculum for sexual exploitation preventive education. The program targets middle and high school girls who demonstrate at risk behavior and educates them on the seriousness of sexual exploitation that can lead to victimization.

This 10-session curriculum created by the Justice Resource Institute to halt exploitation and trafficking in the United States works to:
Build awareness of recruitment tactics by pimps/predators
Provide information on sexual health
Understand the link between substance use and exploitation—how it can pull you in and how it can keep you there
Raising awareness of resources and a pathway out of the Life
Improve self-esteem.
UAHTHRRC adds labor trafficking to bring awareness to labor exploitation.

United Against Human Trafficking UAHT believes that an aware and educated public is the first step to eliminating human trafficking. They encourage the public to share what you have learned with family and friends. Become a mentor in your community to work with pre-teens to help educate, empower and support girls as they transition from child to adult.

FAUSA has continued to support organizations dedicated to the issues of human trafficking, awarding the 2014 Development Grant to “SafeHouse San Francisco,” an organization that has been assisting homeless trafficked women for over 15 years. The funds will be used to sponsor an Internship Program. The Internship Program offers both job readiness and job training, as the partners provide a part-time work experience, with training and supervision, while SafeHouse pays each intern a stipend from the grant funds. Safehouse provides a safe and nurturing environment after escaping brutality and violence of life on the streets. For more information: http://www.sfsafehouse.org

In addition to the Girls Prevention Program and SFSafehouse, FAUSA has been a generous supporter of “Free the Girls” collecting bras, delivering to distribution points, and donations of money to the FAWCO Target Program on Human Rights for Women. The founders of Free the Girls were the keynote speakers at the recent FAUSA annual Getaway in Colorado Springs.

They provide safety planning, case management, counseling, legal assistance, danger to safety transportation back to the USA or in the foreign country and emergency cash assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Portland, Oregon. They also encourage travelers to arm themselves with information to prevent sexual assault with KNOWB4UGO: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be provided specific information on local cultures, dress, laws and other travel considerations for your destination.

If one woman can launch two global programs to help tens of millions of fellow Americans living and traveling overseas, just imagine how pooling the talents and resources of hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans can weave a global safety net to help American mothers, daughters, sisters and also fathers, sons and brothers overseas. Yes, men can be victims of abuse too!

So how can you help? We have some ideas:
 
Individuals:
Volunteer your services as Attorneys, Counselors, Social Media Guru's, Marketing & Communications Experts, Journalists, or anyone with a passion to help!
 
Donate stuff:
Air miles, hotel points, unused gift cardsSpread the word: Put up posters, table events, speak to expat groups, get an article published in a magazine or newspaper.

Human Trafficking is the buying and selling of people. It does not necessarily imply movement or transportation. It is Slavery.
Human trafficking is the second largest illegal business in the world with estimates of 30 billion dollars plus per year worldwide.

In the collective imagination, the term human trafficking most often conjures visions of exotic people from foreign countries being forced into brutal labor and/or sexual situations. But although international sex trafficking and sweatshop labor is very much a reality, the extent of the issues covered by the term human trafficking is far more widespread, and often much closer to home. Within the US domestic trafficking of children for sex and labor is increasingly becoming more common. In the USA, sex with any person under the age of 18 is a crime in most states, and if a minor has been induced to perform commercial sex in any way, that minor is a victim of human trafficking.

“Traffickers are preying on the vulnerable and enslaving them right here within our own communities,” says Carlos J. Barron, the FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge of Houston, TX. Victims are from all socioeconomic statuses, races, and ethnic backgrounds. They are from urban, suburban and rural areas. How they become victims happens in many ways, some are kidnapped, but many are groomed, recruited, or forced by someone they know: friends, family, peers, a boyfriend, persons of authority or a person the victim trusted.

Big states, such as Texas and California are hotspots for domestic human trafficking because cities like Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles are home to many runaway and “throwaway” youth. On average, Texas has about 6,000 runaways annually. According to National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Throwaway Children, an estimated one out of every three children that run away is lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home. Even more frightening is the fact that the average age of entry into sex trafficking is between 12 and 13 years old.

Other issues that are major factors in the elevation of a runaway's vulnerability of being forced into slavery include:

Looking for love, affection and attention
Past sexual/physical/emotional abuse
Learning disabilities/physical challenges
Low self-esteem
Depression and other mental health issues
Drugs and alcohol use and addiction
Financial: offers of making “easy” money
Homelessness
Family and/or friends in gangs, drug or trafficking activities.
Lack of education, awareness of their bodies, and relationships.
Constant bombardment with media messages that promote unrealistic and unhealthy lifestyle, material, and relationship choices.

Once victims are exploited they are often unable or afraid to escape due to beatings, threats against family, fear of being killed, embarrassment and feelings of shame (often feel they are to blame for their situation), drugs, no where else to go due to family situation or homelessness, or Stockholm syndrome.

Resources
If you see what could be human trafficking do not endanger yourself or the victim. Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline: 1-888-3737-888

Human Trafficking is everywhere you go: nail parlors, massage services, bars, restaurants, domestic workers, construction, factories, truck stops, and on the Internet the modern marketing tool of choice.

There are many organizations across the country that needs volunteers and funding:
United against Human Trafficking (Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition): www.houstonrr.org
Free the Girls: www.freethegirls.org
San Francisco SafeHouse: www.Sfsafehouse.org

Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org
Not for Sale: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/about/
Walk Free: http://www.walkfree.org

For more information on the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas:
FAUSA: www.fausa.org
FAWCO: www.fawco.org
FAWCO Foundation: www.fawcofoundation.org

Books and videos:
“Half the Sky” by Sheryl Wu Dunn and Nickolas Kristoff
“A Path Appears” by Sheryl Wu Dunn and Nickolas Kristoff
“Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery.” By Holly Smith

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