On May 8th at the "It's Your Business Breakfast" to support Jane Doe Inc., The Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award was wpresented to Diane B. Patrick, First Lady of Commonwealth, in recognition of all she has done to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Check out the event highlights and photos. Watch Mrs. Patrick's acceptance speech and other remarks.
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.
Jane Doe Inc. in collaboration with our member program The Network/La Red has created the "I Want A World... Massachusetts" campaign to address sexual and domestic violence in the LGBQ/T (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender) communities.
What kind of world do you envision?
Get ready to share your vision through video, art, music, and poetry. On June 24, 2014, JDI will launch a new website dedicated to this campaign. Look for the #IWAWMA on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Help spread the word. Join the conversation and help us shape a world free of sexual and domestic violence for everyone!
June 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Thanks to your support and the advocacy of our member programs, the FY2015 budget proposal passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate will likely include modest increases in some ares. Please take a moment to thank your Representative and Senator for their role in ensuring critical services to victims will be preserved. For details on the house proposal, click here.
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.