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Donated Kids’ Books!

We are so fortunate to live in a wonderful county where people who care about our community and work hard to make it even better every day. One such person is Keri Vellis. Keri is the author of two amazing children’s books, Sometimes and When I Was Little, that help kids who are grappling with issues like child abuse and being removed from their homes. Keri and her company donated 100 copies of these books to our agency so that we could share them with our community and use them with the kids who need them most.

They are wonderful books with emotive and fitting artwork. These books are going to be a huge asset to Verity and our work, and we are so grateful that Keri and Jin, the illustrator, are both a part of the Sonoma County community.

 

When I Was Little:

 

Verity works with kids of all ages who have experienced trauma, primarily sexual abuse or trauma. When I Was Little gives kids a way to understand that talking about what happened can help kids feel better and heal. The book shows kids a situation that they can relate to in simple but powerful terms, and the situation is vague yet potent enough to be relatable to anyone who reads it. This book encourages bravery and resiliency in the kids who need it most, and for that, we are forever grateful.

 

Sometimes:

 

Kids who have gone through the foster system have a higher likelihood of sexual abuse, so Verity has helped a number of foster children and foster parents navigate life post-trauma and post-placement. Sometimes is a book that shows these kids that they are not alone, and they are not weird or wrong for having been placed in a new home. We look forward to reading this book with the kids who need to see and hear these messages most.

Thank you Keri, for the wonderful gift of these books!
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Pride & Survivors

June is recognized as Pride month, a time for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, bigender, demisexual, intersex, and two-spirit people to celebrate their identities and histories. While there is a lot of amazing work to recognize and celebrate, there are also plenty of discrepancies in queer and trans folks’ abilities to access services. Services for sexual assault survivors are no exception.

From the Human Rights Campaign:

Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that nearly one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has experienced sexual assault from those partners. Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes.

As a community, LGBTQ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalization, which put us at greater risk for sexual assault. We also face higher rates of hate-motivated violence, which can often take the form of sexual assault. Moreover, the ways in which society both hypersexualizes LGBTQ people and stigmatizes our relationships can lead to intimate partner violence that stems from internalized homophobia and shame.

Yet, as a community, we rarely talk about how sexual violence affects us or what our community’s unique needs are when it comes to preventing sexual assault and supporting and caring for survivors of sexual violence.

The CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found for LGB people:

  • 44 percent of lesbians and 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women

  • 26 percent of gay men and 37 percent of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual men

  • 46 percent of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17 percent of heterosexual women and 13 percent of lesbians

  • 22 percent of bisexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, compared to 9 percent of heterosexual women

  • 40 percent of gay men and 47 percent of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21 percent of heterosexual men

Within the LGBTQ community, transgender people and bisexual women face the most alarming rates of sexual violence. Among both of these populations, sexual violence begins early, often during childhood.

  • The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.

  • Among people of color, American Indian (65%), multiracial (59%), Middle Eastern (58%), and Black (53%) respondents of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey were most likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime

  • Nearly half (48 percent) of bisexual women who are rape survivors experienced their first rape between ages 11 and 17.

For LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault, their identities – and the discrimination they face surrounding those identities – often make them hesitant to seek help from police, hospitals, shelters or rape crisis centers, the very resources that are supposed to help them.

Queer and Trans Survivors are Welcome at Verity

Survivors of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome at Verity and will be met with support and compassion. All of our staff members and volunteers are trained to support LGBTQ survivors, and many of our volunteers and staff members openly identify as members of the LGBTQ community. For all the reasons below (and so many more) Verity staff will always support the choices and actions of queer and trans survivors on their paths towards healing and justice, whether or not it involves the police, their families, or any other entity.

One reason a queer or trans survivor of sexual violence may not report the violence or seek services is that someone is in the closet. 

Some survivors have been questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity long before an assault took place; for others, the assault may have them questioning their orientation or identity. For many people, it is not safe to openly identify as queer or trans, so it may seem less traumatizing to stay quiet about both the abuse and their identity.

Other members of the LGBTQ community are assaulted by closeted members of the community; choosing to name an assailant is already a risky step for many survivors, and outing an assailant can be seen as causing more harm to the community. It may also be harder for a queer or trans survivor who was assaulted by their partner to get out of the relationship, as they may not have friends and family who are accepting of their identity and willing to help them.

Another reason a queer or trans survivor may not report the violence or seek services is the perceived detriment to the LGBTQ community.

For decades, queer and trans people have been fighting the view that all queer and trans people are child molesters, abusers, and predators. Until very recently, queer and trans folks could not be teachers (and many still find it hard to find a supportive school or district to teach in!) because of this notion and the strong reactions to it. A queer or trans person who was assaulted by another person in the LGBTQ community may take pause before accusing someone of sexual violence because of the community’s long history of being painted in an abusive and villainous light; homophobia and transphobia do not need more fodder, and queer and trans folks understandably do not want to incite more violence and hatred toward their community.

Another reason a queer or trans survivor may not report the violence or seek services is that society believes men cannot be raped.

Male survivors who were assaulted (whether by a man, a woman, or someone outside the gender binary) may not be believed because of people’s mediocre grasp on what constitutes sexual violence. Our society’s ideas of masculinity may cause many men to be wary of seeking services and being seen as “weak,” especially when queer and trans men’s masculinities are constantly under scrutiny.

 

Another reason a queer or trans survivor may not report the violence or seek services is fear of discrimination from law enforcement or a service provider.

Many queer and trans folks have experienced discrimination or ignorance from either law enforcement, medical staff, counselors, service providers, and other people a survivor might turn to for support. The fear of being met with discrimination and prejudice is not unfounded. In fact, the sexual violence itself may have been a hate crime in and of itself, making a survivor all the more wary of seeking support from a service they perceive as outside of the LGBTQ community.

If you or someone you love is a survivor of sexual violence, please do not hesitate to call our hotline at (707) 545-7273 any time, day or night. We are here for you.

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In Light of Mother’s Day: Protecting Our Girls

The article below is a guest piece by Sonoma’s own Stephanie Hiller. It is intended for mothers who want to protect their daughters, but we think that all readers can gain some insight into sexual violence, human trafficking, and more. Read on:

Moms have always worried as their girls enter adolescence that they will be pressured into sex by a boyfriend – because, after all, “boys will be boys.”

But date rape, though common, is not the most violent form of sexual abuse faced by our girls.

Today new threats have left us floundering, pushing us into helplessness and the comforting arms of denial. But there is no safety in those quarters.

The use of the Internet to lure girls into compromising situations, or even into the sex trade, is one of the most insidious instruments of the global threat to young women and girls, and one of the hardest to combat. Says Caitlin Quinn of Verity, “As soon as the police or our advocates have figured out one new lure or app, these guys come up with another one.” And no, there is no place, to her knowledge, that keeps a running list of the latest social media trick. “Snapchat is an app that teens love to use. You can have your location ‘turned on,’ allowing your friends and contacts to see where you physically are, and if you have it set for “public,” then anyone can see where you are.”

Trafficking and the use of underage girls in online sexual videos is so creepy, such an ultimate and cruel violation, that we tend to think it happens to somebody else’s girls.

The image of black and brown girls as more lusty, or loose, persists, a racist projection that feeds our denial while covering up the reality with a slick patina of privilege. These things don’t happen to us.

But they do.

Girls with rough home lives, dysfunctional families, experienced in foster care, or who are otherwise vulnerable due to mental or physical disability, poverty or homelessness are most likely to be preyed upon by traffickers.

Meanwhile, all girls continue to be vulnerable to the many other forms of sexual violence.

Of girls who are trafficked, 86 percent were sexually abused previously, according to Sonoma County Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Brockley, who serves on the Human Trafficking Task Force.

So what’s a poor mom to do?

Building a solid relationship with your daughters is the way to go, according to Verity’s Caitlin Quinn. “Mothers need to do everything they can to tell their daughters that they can talk to them.

“Sometimes that means mothers being vulnerable with their daughters. A lot of mothers don’t want to share what violence has happened to them but that can help daughters understand why their mother feels the way she does. You don’t want your daughters to think you are weak and something happened to you, but being vulnerable is not necessarily weak.”

Mothers can become familiar with warning signs that a girl is being trafficked, advised Quinn. “They know what she is normally like, and if they aren’t afraid to ask their kid. We’ve seen kids who are living at home and are being trafficked, and parents didn’t even know.”

Sometimes a girl may suddenly have more money to spend, but she doesn’t have a job or an allowance. That can be a red flag.

Every parent’s relationship with their child is different. Preventative work looks different for every mom. According to Quinn, for some people, it’s as straightforward as “setting healthy boundaries for your daughters with social media… if they want to have Facebook on their phone and on the go, you need to know their password. Knowing your mom can check what you’re doing is important. Also knowing who they can date, how late they can stay out.” The basics.

Has the #MeToo movement brought more awareness to the problem of sexual violence?

“It did initially. There was a lot more interest in volunteering, being on the Board. But there hasn’t been a huge uptick in clients.”

A roar has become a whisper. Or perhaps it has only gone underground.

Jan Blalock is the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. Asked whether girls are safer now, she said, “No, but it’s safer to talk about things.

“I think we’re in a very dangerous time right now,” citing the power of the Internet and easy access to porn, “especially for boys who may think this is normal or what girls want.”

Empowering girls helps. It’s important to let them know that sexual violence is not their fault. “The onus is on society to see girls and women as equal, intelligent beings worthy of respect rather than objectifying them,” Blalock said.

You can contact the author at hiller.stephanie@gmail.com. Thanks for reading!

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Love Hope Joy Project

Our own Ann Clark’s healing, hopeful work was highlighted by the Sonoma Index-Tribune!

From the article:

Have you ever happened upon a small stone with an inspirational message?

In July 2016, Ann Clark started the “Love Hope Joy Project” in Sonoma. As of last month, she had purchased, decorated and placed more than 1,030 decorated stones downtown.

Clark first got the idea when she walked by a posted flyer that announced: “Take what you need,” with little tear-off tags below that read “joy,” “kindness,” “courage” and so on.

“I loved that so much and wanted to take that idea one step further,” she said.

“My project was created with the understanding that times are tough, and if people find little stones offering messages of inspiration, it might bring a little sunshine into their day,” said Clark. “It’s intended solely to uplift the heart of the finder. Keep it and enjoy it. There’s no need to re-hide the stone that you find.”

Clark has made and placed each of the stones herself. Her project brings no profit, has no ulterior motive and no proselytizing – it’s just meant to uplift the hearts of those who find them.

Thank you, Ann, for all that you do to heal our world!

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What is a rape kit?

This article was originally published by Project Consent on April 16, 2018. It was written by MCKENZIE SCHWARK and appears here with the consent of Project Consent. 

WHAT IS A “RAPE KIT?”

A rape kit is a way of collecting evidence from an assault from the clothing, belongings, or body of a survivor of assault. Sexual Assault Forensics Exams, commonly known as rape kits, help collect and preserve DNA and other evidence that may be used in court or to receive proper medical care.

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Victims do not have to report an assault in order to get a rape kit done. The exam helps to safely store evidence if one chooses to report in the future. If you are a minor the examiner may be required by law to report the assault. You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline or your local sexual assault service provider for more information on laws in your area.

The contents of the kit may vary depending on the state the exam is performed in. Generally, the kit includes bags, envelopes, and paper sheets to collect evidence like hair, skin, or other fibers. Materials used to collect a blood sample, and swabs are included, as well as a small comb. The purpose of all of these items is to collect and preserve as much as evidence possible from your body and clothing.

Receiving an exam also helps ensure you receive any necessary medical treatment after the assault. You may have injuries, need STI treatment, or need emergency contraception. Everything that happens during an exam is up to you, and you can stop an exam at any point. Exams are free of charge and performed by medical professionals who have been specially trained in conducting sexual assault forensic exams. Verity can help provide information on local laws, what to expect from an exam, and an even an advocate to accompany you to an exam.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SEXUAL ASSAULT FORENSICS EXAM

In order to extract the most evidence during an exam, there are certain steps you can take. Although the urge to get clean can be extremely strong after a traumatic experience, avoiding showering and bathing can help preserve DNA and other evidence from the body for later collection.

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Changing clothes can also cause evidence to shift or get lost. Receiving the exam in the same clothing as the assault can be helpful. If you have already changed clothing, cannot get an exam right away, or simply don’t want to wear those clothes any longer, preserving them in their condition by placing the worn items in plastic bags can also be helpful. Avoiding using the restroom, brushing your hair, and cleaning any part of your body that may contain evidence is all helpful in getting the most out of the exam.

Of course, this is not always realistic. Getting clean or taking a shower might be the very first thing you want to do. Victims of assault often report feeling dirty and wanting to shed or scrub the experience off of themselves. It is important to know that even if you shower, change clothes, use the restroom, or anything else, the exam can still be performed.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN EXAM

Exams vary based on the amount of evidence that is available, what you want to be examined for, and a few other factors. Generally, exams take a couple of hours and may include an external examination, internal examination, STI testing, and care for any injuries. The process can be long and invasive and is entirely your choice.

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You may want to bring along someone you trust, who can help make you feel comfortable during the exam. If that isn’t possible, your local sexual assault service provider may be able to connect you with an advocate who can talk you through the exam, provide comfort and support, and may even be able to accompany you to the actual exam. If you decide to report the crime and bring along someone other than an advocate to the exam, they may be called as a witness during a trial.

You are in control of the exam, and everything that happens during. You can stop, take a break, or skip an entire part of the exam at any point if you choose to do so. First, you will be asked about your medical history. The person performing the exam needs to know of any pre-existing conditions you have and medications you are on and will ask questions about your general health and wellbeing.

You may have to answer some very personal questions about consensual sexual activity, your sexual history, and details of the assault. This is all to help the person performing the exam know what to look for and to connect DNA evidence to the perpetrator. Your answers can also aid in the head-to-toe examination. Any details you can give may help the examiner know where and what to look for on your clothing or body. The exam usually includes swabs of blood or fluids from the external body and any hair or evidence on the skin or clothing. The examination may include internal examining of the mouth, vagina, or anus.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE EXAM IS OVER

Regardless of whether or not you get a rape kit, the decision to report or press charges is entirely up to you. Having evidence from a rape kit makes prosecution of a perpetrator more likely; however, it is neither a necessity for a trial nor a guaranteed prosecution. The amount of time that evidence is stored varies by state, jurisdiction, and statute of limitations. Your local sexual assault service provider will know more about laws in your area.

When rape kits are turned over to law enforcement and entered into the FBI’s CODIS system, they can help identify serial rapists, add credibility to a survivor’s account of the assault, and even exonerate the wrongfully convicted. There is currently no backup of rape kits here in Sonoma County.

Again, sexual assault forensic exams can be long and invasive, and even retraumatize a survivor. But, if you choose to have a rape kit done, assuming all necessary steps are taken and the kit makes it to proper testing, the evidence collected can be helpful.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION OR SET UP AN EXAM?

For more information, you can visit or contact us here at Verity. You can call our office any time between 9 AM and 5 PM on a weekday at (707) 545-7270 or call our crisis line any time of day, any day of the week at (707) 545-7273.

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North Bay Women in Music Benefit for Verity

We are very excited to be one of two beneficiaries of an upcoming awesome weekend of music! Read more about this upcoming event online and buy your tickets here and get more information from the Facebook event! Read on for excerpts from an excellent article in the Press Democrat:

“From the #MeToo movement to the Women’s March to TIME magazine naming the Silence Breakers who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment “Person of the Year” for 2017, women are more in the forefront of public discussion and debate than ever.

One arena where women have gained an increasingly powerful voice is the music business. Contemporary singers Beyonce and Lorde, for example, have established an image of both strength and independence, following the tradition of pioneering women music stars like Carole King and Aretha Franklin.

Next weekend, the Rohnert Park-based North Bay Women in Music Collective will gather some of Northern California’s most respected longtime women musicians — including soul and blues singer Lydia Pense, guitarist Nina Gerber and boogie pianist Wendy DeWitt — for the inaugural Women in Music weekend.

The Women in Music weekend opens April 20 with the concert at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, followed April 21 by a seminar and music showcase at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati.

Money raised by the events will benefit Verity, a Santa Rosa community organization that provides services to victims of all forms of sexual violence regardless of gender or age, and to the Ron Martin Memorial Foundation to support music education, said the weekend’s organizer, Mandy Brooks of North Bay Women in Music Collective.”

Verity is so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community that is passionate about ending sexual violence and exploitation! See you on 4/20!

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#DearSurvivor Campaign

Here at Verity, we serve hundreds of survivors every year and reach thousands through our outreach and education efforts. Some survivors choose to share their stories with us, and others simply silently make a note of our services. Not every survivor will want or need our services, but we still want to amplify the voices of people who have experienced sexual violence.

Every person who has experienced sexual abuse deserves to feel heard and valued, whether they identify as a survivor or a victim or don’t let it affect their identities. We want to hear from YOU — whether or not you have experienced sexual violence, exploitation, or trauma yourself. Sexual violence impacts our entire community, and we can all benefit from a safer world where we support and uplift each other with compassion and grace.

If you want to share some insight, advice, thoughts, histories, prayers, wishes, or any words with the Verity community, we would be honored to have you take part in our #DearSurvivor campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We want to provide this platform for stories both from survivors and to survivors. Please click here to share.

Some examples so far:

“Your negative feelings are valid, but that doesn’t make them true. You are worthy and loved, just because you’re you.” – a survivor, victim, friend, child, sibling, relative, and future lawyer.

“You are strong. You are still you. None of this was your fault. You deserve happiness.” – a sibling, friend, and child.

“I was sexually assaulted by a stranger while I was hiking alone. No one was around. For me, the hardest part was admitting to myself what had actually happened and admitting I needed help. Then, once I finally became a client at Verity, I was worried that talking about what happened out loud was only making it worse. Slowly, the nightmares became less and I stopped having panic attacks when someone breathed or walked in a way that reminded me of him. For me, it was a slow process and I had to work hard, but I feel more like myself than ever thanks to Verity and the wonderful supportive people around me. ” – a survivor and former Verity client.

“just because i’m quiet doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. just because i ignore the subject so as to ensure that i keep my panic attacks about the night i was raped as quiet as possible, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. just because i don’t openly label myself as a survivor doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. it just means i need more time to heal. please allow space for me.” – a survivor, victim, resident of Sonoma County, sibling, partner, relative, friend, child, and student.

“Don’t let anyone take any more of you and your future than they already have. You are strong, you are brave, you will get through this. Keep moving forward, find your light again.” – a survivor, victim, and resident of Sonoma County. 

“This is not the beginning nor the end of your story. It is a page of a much, much larger and deeply important book.” – a current or former volunteer, a child, and a daughter of a survivor. 

“The fact that you are here – moving forward each day – proves your strength and resilience. I hear your story. I believe your story. I believe in you.” – a current or former volunteer, a resident of Sonoma County, a survivor, a victim, and a friend.

“Healing happens at your own pace. No one has the right to rush the healing process.” – a current or former volunteer, a resident of Sonoma County, a survivor, and an ally.

“You are so much more than what has happened to you. One day, you will pick yourself up. One day, you will feel joy and light again. And you are already OK, even if you don’t feel hope right now, I believe in you and I know your healing is possible.” – a survivor

 

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Screening of “The Rape of Recy Taylor” in Sebastopol

The Rape of Recy Taylor

A Benefit for Verity
Thu, Mar 29 7pm

To Purchase Tickets Click HERE

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

More and more women are now speaking up after rape. Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ’40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.

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FREE Screening of the Mask You Live In

 

Come out to our free screening in Petaluma!

Join us on April 11th for a free screening of The Mask You Live In, a documentary on masculinity its effects on boys in America. Do you think American masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large? Do you want to learn about raising healthy and happy sons?

This documentary on the American “boy crisis” explains how to raise a healthier generation of men and features interviews with experts and academics. We will also be hosting a panel discussion with local experts after the film.

This screening will be co-hosted by the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women and Verity. We cannot end sexual violence or violence against women without bringing men into the conversation!

The screening will be held on April 11th at 7:00 PM at Boulevard 14 Cinemas in downtown Petaluma (200 C Street.) The event is free of charge and, in our opinions, appropriate for teenagers and preteens with guardian’s permission.

For more information, check out the event on Facebook or email info@ourverity!

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Strong Survival: Student Documentary Film takes on Human Trafficking in Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, CA – March 5, 2018 – In August of 2016, Sonoma County Junior Human Rights Commissioner Shynie Lu began directing the documentary Strong Survival on human trafficking in Sonoma County. The 30-minute film documents local survivor and activist Maya Babow’s experiences from the ages of 12 to 18, exploring the psychological and physical harm human trafficking has on victims. Strong Survival also features interviews with law enforcement members of the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force and sexual assault victims’ advocate organization Verity. The film seeks to spread awareness of human trafficking as a pervasive problem in our own community, and educate young people on ways to protect themselves from traffickers.

“We need to better educate ourselves, learn how traffickers work, and stop the demand. If you can stop the demand, there is no need for supply,” says Babow. She is committed to transforming the trauma of her experience into healing and advocacy, giving presentations at schools and community events and offering her contact info to any young person who seeks help or feels unsafe. Every year, thousands of young women, children, and young men become human trafficking victims. According to Verity, the average age of victims entering human trafficking in Sonoma County is 12 to 14. “The goal of the film is to raise awareness of this highly under-discussed issue,” says director Lu. “We wish to educate not only the adults but also children and teenagers so that they can learn to protect themselves and each other.”

In addition to the film, Human Trafficking Committee members Olivia Kulawiak, Casey Dai and Annapurna Johnson have developed an informative brochure on human trafficking statistics and warning signs, in partnership with sexual assault victims’ advocate organization Verity. It is being distributed to all Sonoma County middle and high schools. As human trafficking can be a sensitive topic to navigate for educators and administrators, the Committee is offering schools a screening and presentation with Maya Babow for students. They can also distribute the film’s website and brochures to parents who can use them in discussion with young people.

The Human Trafficking Committee has been promoting the film at universities, student organizations, and humanitarian organizations in hopes of bringing wider attention to the devastating effects of human trafficking. To date, it has received more than 2000 views and has been screened by the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights, the Marin County Office of Education, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, University of Williams & Mary and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. To watch the film, please visit www.strongsurvivalfilm.com.

The Junior Commission on Human Rights is a project of the Commission on Human Rights, an appointed advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors. The Junior Commission is intended to provide high school students with the opportunity to participate in advocacy, take an active role in the county government, provide education about human rights issues, and empower youth to make a positive impact on their communities.

For more information about the Junior Commission, visit the Commission on Human Rights website at http://www.sonomacountychr.org/ or follow them on Facebook.

Download their materials here:

Human Trafficking Statistics

Film Promotional Poster

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