Join us on May 8th at the "It's Your Business Breakfast" to support Jane Doe Inc. The Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Diane B. Patrick, First Lady of Commonwealth, in recognition of all she has done to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
For sponsorship and ticket information, go to: janedoe.org/IYBB2014.
Over 450 men and boys converged on the State House in Boston for the 7th annual campaign event. Dr. Gary Gottlieb, CEO of Partners HealthCare, Pastor Ronald Odom, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and student performers from Phallacies at University of Massachusetts Amherst addressed the ways that men can - and are - making a difference in ending violence against women. JDI invites you to get involved. Become an Ambassador or Affiliate. Spread the word.
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On January 22, 2014, President Obama signed an historic Presidential memorandum establishing the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault. Over the next 90 days this inter-agency group will sift through the findings in the White House report, Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action, and develop recommendations to address this scourge on campuses throughout the nation. As they proceed, JDI and our member rape crisis centers offer insights based on decades of activism and leadership in the anti-sexual violence movement.
On Wednesday, April 9, the House Ways & Means Committee's recommendations for the FY2015 Budget fall far short of what is already needed to meet current needs of sexual and domestic violence survivors in Massachusetts. On the heels of the comprehensive domestic and sexual violence legislation passed by the House the day before, the cut in funding for domestic violence services and level funding for sexual violence services took JDI and advocates by surprise. We need your help advocating for increased funding in the coming budget. Click here for details and action steps.
Economic security is a central issue for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Check out the resoruces from the "Advancing the Economic Security of Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Summit" cosponsored by JDI and the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project along with our members from Elizabeth Freeman Center, NELCWIT, and the Center for Women and Community of the University of Massachusetts. JDI member programs Safe Passage, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, HarborCOV, and DOVE also participated.
The photos capture the postive energy for creating new collaborations and finding new solutions to address the needs of survivors in rural communities. The story also captured the attention of the media.
More details are available on the press release.