Mary Ellen Stone's blog

BEST STARTS FOR KIDS is a great start for all of us

Woo hoo!  When I woke up on Wednesday morning I was thrilled to see that Best Starts for Kids kept its lead in Tuesday's elections and passed!

Best Starts for Kids

Best Starts for Kids

Earlier this summer the KCSARC Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse Best Starts for Kids. Here's why:

Heroes and Heroines who are LOUD About Sexual Assault

“What are you doing to stop sexual assault and sexual violence?”

That’s what Haley Higgins asked the guests at our BE LOUD Breakfast this past February.

It’s a good question, especially for April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And it turns out a lot of people are doing some impressive things – so I wanted to share with you my personal list of heroines and heroes.

How I Changed my Mind on Rape Kit Testing

I've been both witness to and participant in the local and national story unfolding about the untested sexual assault evidence kits, otherwise known as rape kits. Given this, I was not surprised when Representative Tina Orwall first began talking in December about crafting new legislation to be introduced in the current session.

KCSARC looks back at 2014

It is hard to believe that we are here  again... the end of the year.  I’m like many of you, I suspect, and always love the “look back” and “best of” reflective lists of the past year. It has been a memorable year at KCSARC so I wanted to share my list of top five events of the last 12 months.

20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act

This past weekend marked the twentieth anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Violence Against Women



Final Thoughts about Danford Grant

This blog started as a piece about a tragedy - for the victims, their families, the family of the offender, and the community, but it's turned into a piece about gratitude.

 I'd been thinking about the Danford Grant case for some time - the accomplished attorney who was on trial for violently raping several women - before I went to the sentencing on May 19th.

Finding our Voice

My heart skipped a beat when I heard we had over 1,000 people registered for our 25th BE LOUD Breakfast. Granted, 1,000 is not that much different from 950, or 875, but it symbolized for me a breakthrough in this event.

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