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.

# 5: The 2014 KCSARC BE LOUD Breakfast. This was our 25th breakfast!  With record participation, compelling speakers, and community leader Councilmember Tim Burgess sharing his own story, this was a particularly meaningful event. The image that stands out for me  is one breakfast attendee tracking the number of conversations he had in one day as person after person asked about his BE LOUD button. Each one of these conversations, a chance to spread the word about KCSARC!

# 4: Project360, the program developed to serve homeless youth who have been impacted by sexual assault, has received  tremendous support from community leaders. Particular thank yous to  John Stanton and Theresa Gillespie of the Aven Foundation, Seattle  Mayor Ed Murray, and King County Councilmember Joe McDermott!

# 3: Yes Means Yes. For the last several years No Means No was the slogan of choice for sexual assault related campaigns. This year the slogan reframed into something more positive and consent-based. Yes Means Yes challenges us to take a much needed look at our language and the assumptions that hold victims responsible for what happened to them. This new version makes consent into an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Yes Means Yes dovetails well with KCSARC’s WordWatch, a new program that you will hear more about  in 2015. Kudos to Senator Jeanne Kohn Wells for examining how Yes Means Yes could apply in Washington State.

# 2: Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, and the NFL: The profile of the NFL provides an unprecedented platform for conversations about interpersonal violence. The league stumbled at first in addressing a few very public abuse cases but soon was faced with overwhelming public outcry and backlash. As a result, the NFL the created a plan to address sexual assault and domestic violence within the league. The "No More" PSAs featuring a lot of star power from NFL players  are a good start, as is the league’s commitment to addressing domestic violence. I’ll be more than interested to see continued movement forward after the season ends.

# 1: Finally, it’s you! Our readers, supporters, advocates. We can’t do the work we do alone; it takes our whole community to stand together, speak out, and BE LOUD about sexual assault.

However you celebrate this time of year, I wish you a time of inner peace, renewal, and joy. And I look forward to BEING LOUD with you in 2015!



All the 5 listed points seems

All the 5 listed points seems really valid. specially the third point is putting so much positive energy against sexual assault.

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