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Stop Abuse Campaign Capitol Hill Briefing Focuses on Stopping the Cycle of Abuse and Violence
Washington, DC —With a message of, “We are here to help,” anti-abuse and anti-violence organizations joined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Victim’s Right Caucus to brief Capitol Hill on the wide extent and massive costs of abuse in today’s society. The event at the Rayburn House Office Building was hosted by the Stop Abuse Campaign (www.stopabusecampaign.org ), and Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Costa (D-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus. “In our efforts to prevent injuries and violence, the CDC is currently partnering and looking to do public/private partnerships to end violence in the community,” said Dr. Linda Degutis, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. “It takes a whole community to prevent violence and our effort involves a multi-disciplinary approach. We do know that prevention and partnerships are critical to ending violence.” Andrew Willis, CEO of the Stop Abuse Campaign applauded the work of the CDC as well as the role of many organizations who have been working on the many facets of the cycle of abuse. “Abuse is a combination of dangerous attitudes and behaviors, including deliberate, physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse of the weak by the strong. It must be stopped,” added Willis. “All abuse and violence is interconnected,” said Robert Geffner, Ph.D., co-chair of the The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and President of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma at Alliant International University. “We must focus on prevention and education so that everyone can feel safe in their own homes, feel safe in their schools, feel safe on their streets, and feel safe in their communities,”said Geffner. “If we don’t act now, the statistics on abuse and violence will continue to grow.” Two speakers reminded the audience of their personal stories of abuse and violence, and the work they’re doing to stop abuse. MIldred Muhammad, former wife of convicted and executed DC Sniper and a survivor of interpersonal violence, reminded the audience that a victim of abuse doesn’t always have physical scars, but is still very much a victim. “Eighty percent of victims of abuse do not have scars to prove it,” said Muhammad, “but we stand with them.” Chris Anderson, executive director of Male Survivor brought his message that, “Healing and hope are possible for all survivors, but every surivor needs support.” Anderson, himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, emphasized that what happened to him, can happen to anyone. “Not only can the abuse happen,” said Anderson, “but the healing can happen too.”
Ray Rice – The Child Of An Adrian Peterson
For those who are familiar with my story, you know that I am intimately familiar with how it feels to lose a child. I also know the pain of learning that your child was murdered as the result of a horribly abusive incident. I simply cannot understand how a man whose child was murdered in this violent way can justify raising his hand to another one of his children. As I read more and more about the story, I felt as though I had entered some strange alternate reality. I couldn’t believe how bold this man was to believe he would not have to face the law after what he did.
The attack on his partner by Ray Rice has probably drawn more media coverage than any domestic violence story since O. J. Simpson. Ray Rice and Roger Goodell have been severely criticized for their actions and in fairness they would be the first ones to agree that their actions were wrong.
Yes, you can hit my child
The Darlington County School District policy permits administrators to paddle students with permission from the child’s parent or guardian.
Where’s The Line?
Adrian Peterson hit the headlines as a dad, just disciplining his child in the same way he had been disciplined as a child. His father spanked him with a switch. He continued that tradition of “discipline” by spanking his own children with a switch “when necessary.” The problem is, this is not discipline, it is abuse. When we hit our children, it tends to escalate into a little more and a little more until that tiny smack has one day become a beating, and we have no idea how or why we got there.
Wonder why Janay Palmer Rice doesn’t leave? When most people think of domestic violence, they think of one partner hitting another, and they wonder why the victim stays. It’s very hard to understand the control, the fear, the millions of wounds to the soul that allow the abuser to control their victim’s body. Today’s guest author provides an intimate, powerful picture of just that with this piece, excerpted from her upcoming book. Misunderstanding domestic violence costs lives- whether it’s judges, police, neighbors, friends or family, not understanding this issue that affects ⅓ of all American women at some point in their life allows it to continue. Thank you to today’s guest author for using your courage to help break the cycle.
There is a mathematical theory based in fractal geometry called “Chaos Theory”. At its most simplistic level, it says that if you look long enough and carefully at what looks like total chaos, patterns begin to emerge. This is exactly how I help my clients in coping with their court cases against an abuser.
Cutting NJ Deficits
THE FAILURE of Governor Christie and Democratic legislative leaders to find a constructive solution for the long- and short-term budget shortfalls led to our credit rating being downgraded, which will in turn exacerbate the problems with higher interest payments. We desperately need a solution that is politically feasible and realistic. The United States spends more than one trillion dollars annually as an unintended subsidy for domestic abusers. Implementation of best practices to prevent domestic violence would quickly save $500 billion annually.
Ray Rice Terminated
Today we are asking that people who never want to see a video like the one below please contact the NFL and ask them to take the pledge to end domestic violence.