A Summary of Arte Sana collaborations & events: April - June 2010
In this issue:
- No to Bystander Silence - Victim Rights are
Rights! Action Steps
- The State of Latin@ Victim Advocacy: Mapping Access
- Girl Empowerment in Wyoming!
- Arte Sana's National Bilingual Conference
- Make a donation and get a "Calaca" tee for FREE
- Arte Sana is now on Facebook
No to Bystander Silence - Victim Rights are Human Rights!
Official Statement from ALAS:
Alianza Latina en contra la Agresión Sexual
(a national Latina victim advocate working group)
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2010 was a
successful one by many standards. Rape crisis
centers, student groups, allied professionals, and state
coalitions across the nation offered an array of
awareness-building campaigns and events. On April
27, the House of Representatives passed H.
Res.1259: "Recognizing and supporting the
goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness
Month" and a similar resolution was passed by the
Senate on the same day. However, most of the SAAM
events offered across the nation were offered in
April 2010 will also go down in history as
the month that SB 1070 was signed into law by
Governor Brewer in Arizona. These two significant
events represent the philosophical and political chasm
that Latina victim advocates and allies face each day
at work. On April 30, Latina victim advocates from
across the nation, members of ALAS drafted a list of
action steps for victim advocates to take to eliminate
service and information access barriers for immigrant
victims of gender-based violence.
The "SPECIFIC ACTIONS for Victim Advocates to
SB 1070 in Arizona" were
endorsed by the following agencies and coalitions in
rapid response solidarity to our pleas for support:
The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, The
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, The
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The North
Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual
Violence, Organización en California de Líderes
Campesinas, Inc., The Louisiana Foundation Against
Sexual Assault, Casa de Esperanza
Access the official statement and
download the action steps
Earlier in the month, Arte Sana
published "The State of Latin@ Victim Advocacy" on its
website that included a map of SA and DV coalition web
content in Spanish.
The State of Latin@ Victim Advocacy: Mapping Access
In May, Arte Sana did a review of rape crisis center
and dual center web content in
Texas to get a better idea of the level of
victim service information that exists in Spanish. The
findings were truly surprising as only 12 out of 68
center websites included any words in Spanish,
leaving 82% of Texas rape crisis and dual center
websites in English only. The amount
of information in Spanish ranged from 93 words to the
shining example of Houston Area Women's Center
with over 11,125 words in Spanish not counting
many brochures also available online.
Learn more about this effort and view
the language maps
Offered in Douglas, WY to Prevent Violence Against Girls
Since 2004, over 526 girls and women have attended
Arte Sana's bilingual
Girl Empowerment Festivals. The Girl Empowerment
Festival model has
offered communities a unique collaboration
opportunity to promote girl safety locally by addressing
issues such as body image, dating and sexual
violence prevention, victim rights, media literacy,
cultural identity, and teen pregnancy prevention.
Girl Empowerment in Wyoming!
2009, Arte Sana shared this gender-specific outreach
model via a workshop topic at the
National Sexual Assault Conference, and in 2010,
GEF was implemented in Wyoming!
2010 Girl Empowerment Festival in
The Bilingual Girl
Nuestras Voces: Wise Latin@s en la lucha
Arte Sana's National Bilingual Conference
November 1-2 at the Westin Dallas Forth Worth Airport Hotel
A national gathering of Latin@ victim advocates,
prevention specialists, survivors, and allies
engagement of Latin@s as agents of change in
addressing gender-based violence, celebrating
collective leadership en los movimientos.
Join Latina victim advocates and allies from
nation to share, learn, and be inspired!
Topics and Presenters
We need your help to continue our national outreach
efforts and get a beautiful t-shirt for FREE
to make your
bilingual statement against violence!
The bilingual message of the t-shirt: "Stop
¡Basta ya de violencia!"
Make a donation and get a "Calaca" tee for FREE
Women, men and youth sizes available; this
would be a
perfect Father's Day gift!
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Founded in 2001, Arte Sana (art heals) is a national
nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence and
of gender-based aggressions and engage
communities as agents of change. Arte Sana
awareness, healing, and empowerment through
professional training, community education, and the