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The Impact of Stalking on Underrepresented Communities

December 23rd, 2020

Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal government. However, stalking cases have long presented challenges for the criminal justice system even though research has shown a direct correlation with femicide, the intentional murder of women because they are women, and stalking. The end result has been low conviction rates for stalking offenses and frustration for stalking survivors. This month, RISE is focused on bringing awareness to the often un-talked about crime of Stalking and its impact on underserved communities in an effort to support survivors of stalking and prevent stalking from ever happening. Read More ›

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Connecting the Dots Between Homelessness and Sexual Assault: A Survivor's Story

December 21st, 2020

Conversations regarding sexual and gender-based violence are ongoing in our current culture. Research by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center shows that 78.3% of homeless women have been subjected to some form of sexual violence. Now, this is an alarming statistic, but it is easy to feel disconnected from it when you aren't hearing any news of it in your own community. However, after listening to someone who has experienced it firsthand, You may realize that these issues lie closer to home than you may have thought. I spoke to a local woman who serves people experiencing homelessness about her own experiences in san luis obispo. I have chosen not to name her out of respect for her confidentiality Read More ›

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Homelessness and Sexual Violence

November 17th, 2020

Since 2007, the month of November has been declared National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, marking a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness and the risk associated with. According to a 2020 report by the National Alliance to End Homeless it is estimated that there are 567,715 people experiencing homelessness in the U.S, with CA accounting for 151,278 of these individuals and 1,483 people experiencing homelessness right here locally in SLO County. Read More ›

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​COVID-19 is Not the Only Reason Thanksgiving Needs to Change This Year

November 13th, 2020

Sophie Baye, shares her struggle of reconciling her school-aged education on Thanksgiving with the true history of colonization in North America concerning Native and indigenous folks. Read More ›

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The Medical Protocol That Will Save the Lives of Survivors in Our County

September 8th, 2020

​Imagine if you had been severely harmed by the person you loved most. As you process this moment and the possible betrayal, shock, and pain you may be feeling, you are brought to the hospital. The disbelief of the night has begun to cement in your mind, and you are brought to a nurse. However, that nurse is unsure of the specific protocol needed to examine cases of domestic violence, such as yours. The lack of a protocol extends and complicates the already unimaginable night. This reality influenced local SART nurse, Buffy Ramirez, to demand a standardized, trauma-informed medical protocol. The Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Protocol Research Project is an effort to connect with other counties – primarily in California – who have experience working with medical IPV protocols, and to examine how we can use the information gleaned from these partnerships to implement similar standardized procedures in San Luis Obispo. Many IPV survivors have highly nuanced injuries that are consequential, including high rates of intimate partner homicide. The experience of IPV survivors is painful; their examination process should not contribute to this trauma. The purpose to create a standardized and effective examination process – and one that minimizes re-traumatization and maximizes healing – guided the creation of a SLO County medical protocol for IPV survivors. Read More ›

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The Place of Intimate Partner Violence in Healthcare

July 24th, 2020

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue that has emotional, mental, and physical effects on survivors. Physicians are in a unique trusted position to identify victims of violence based on common symptoms and conditions consistent with IPV. Read More ›

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