Riverside Rape Crisis Center Speaks to La Sierra University Students
By Marjorie Ellenwood | Women's Resource Center | October 8, 2013
The Women’s Resource Center hosted its first event of the 2013-14 academic year during the departmental assemblies held on October 8, 2013. The event focused on sexual assault and self-defense for students and faculty, bringing together nearly two dozen female students and faculty who were committed to learning more and taking action.
Debora Monroe-Heaps, the Director of Programs for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, began with the grim facts—that one in three women will be sexually assaulted in their adulthood, and that many people do not report being raped because they were assaulted by someone close to them—a relative or friend. While less recognized, men can also be victims of assault or other forms of intimate partner violence.
“There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape,” urged buttons printed in Spanish and English and distributed for the attendees to keep and wear.
These words encapsulated the day’s theme—an empowering call for women and men to work together to identify the warning signs and to prevent sexual assault before it happens. Educating young women to be more assertive and self-confident is the first step in this process.
Monroe-Heaps discussed the ways we as a society and as individuals can combat rape—for example by encouraging victims to come forward and seek help, such as through the Rape Crisis Center she leads in downtown Riverside; and by supporting survivors as they deal with the immediate emotional and physical aftermath of the assault and by not questioning or casting blame on the survivor.
Resources are available in Riverside for victims, their families and their friends to use, including the Rape Hotline (951-686-7273) where survivors can talk confidentially with licensed, trained counselors.
The group discussion continued into the lunch the Women’s Resource Center provided after the talk, and attendees had the opportunity to sign up for a free women’s self-defense class to be held in the women’s dormitories on the La Sierra University campus later this fall.
The assembly, held at the La Sierra University Alumni Center, was the first in a series of events this academic year that will address social issues students deal with, ranging from sexual assault and self defense to eating disorder prevention, body image, personal financial management, career development, and leadership training.
For coverage of this event in the Criterion, click here.
WRC Launches Reading Group with Half the Sky
Women's Resource Center - October 23, 2011
The Women’s Resource Center reading group launched with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The reading group will begin the week of October 23 and end the week of December 4. The Women’s Resource Center online reading group is open to anyone interested in reading a book together and relating the content to Adventist concerns. The aim is to allow the chosen book to lead us into substantive discussions and explore ways for members of the group to initiate change through their own personal influence. We hope to create an environment in which sensitive issues in gender relations can be discussed and possible steps toward improvements made.
10th Abuse Prevention Emphasis Sabbath is August 27
Women's Resource Center - August 23, 2011
Adventist News Network: As stories of sex trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, honor killings, Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage make headlines, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to raising awareness and educating its members on preventing violence against women.
Observing the world church's Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day is one tangible way you and your congregation can help raise awareness in your community. A presentation during worship service can help create a safe, open church environment that welcomes discussion of tough issues. [resources here]
The Adventist Church launched its annual Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day 10 years ago, noting that occurrences of domestic violence and sexual abuse unfortunately happen in Christian homes at rates similar to the general population.
This year, Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day falls on Saturday, August 27. In previous years, we've addressed domestic violence, incest, abuse of power and abuse of the elderly. This year, in partnership with EndItNow, we are focusing on violence against women. [read more]
LLU Medical Center to Host Conference, "Speaking of Women's Health"
Women's Resource Center - August 2, 2011
"Speaking of Women's Health" is an interactive health education experience hosted by Loma Linda University Medical Center that provides important information to women about their health, well-being and personal safety. The $40 ticket includes a continental breakfast, elegant lunch and 2 gift bags. Register now, for the Fourth Annual, 2011 Speaking of Women's Health conference, and take the first step to experience "Fresh Starts, New Beginnings". This event will take place on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be held at the Riverside Convention Center (3443 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501. [more information]