As summer comes to a close, it may feel as though each day brings another devastating
headline detailing sexual violence, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct by people with power. At the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault we stand strong against this violence, and stand with survivors. This issue of Frontline shares resources and information about how to make progress and stop sexual violence in Maryland. As part of our efforts we are happy to share a new resource from the National Women’s Law Center. Out of the Shadows: An Analysis of Sexual Harassment Charges Filed by Working Women is a new report examining sexual harassment charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2012-2016 by women in the private sector. This resource not only brings visibility to a culture of sexual harassment across a range of industries, but also offers recommendations for employers, researchers, and law makers. To read the report please click here.
In an age of acknowledging unhealthy masculinity, our College Consortium article explores the #LIVERESPECT on Campus movement that emphasizes promoting respectful manhood in an effort to promote sexual assault prevention on college campuses. We also review tips for keeping the privacy of survivors safe when using smartphone and internet technology in our Safety Sync column! As part of our Underserved Populations program, we highlight elder abuse--a form of abuse that is rarely considered when discussing sexual assault. We delve into the severity of this prevalent, yet unspoken issue, and offer a list of red flags to look out for. Additionally, our Prevention Corner article examines the evaluation toolkit developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
This summer’s Program Spotlight features the Family Crisis Resource Center (FCRC), located in Allegany County. The FCRC assists victims and survivors of a broad range of cases, including intimate partner violence, rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking. In addition, the FCRC offers a 24/7 hotline; emergency shelter; a crisis intervention program; individual and group counseling; a sexual assault response team; domestic violence follow-ups; and an Abuse Intervention Program for perpetrators of intimate partner violence. We are incredibly impressed with all their hard work and the services they continue to provide. We encourage you to check out their website for more information. Keep up the good work, FCRC!
Fighting for the rights of survivors has never been more important, and we need your continued support to ensure that survivors receive the needs that they deserve. Be a part of the call to action and become of a member of MCASA and/or make a donation. Every voice counts, and together we can collectively work to eradicate all forms of sexual violence in Maryland.
Lisae C. Jordan, Esq.
Executive Director & Counsel
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault