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Lawmakers who are voting for bills that set a presumption for 50/50 shared parenting time in all custody cases are not looking with 20/20 vision at the negative impact on victims of domestic violence and their children. MCADSV opposes these bills; HCS House Bill 1667, House Bill 2591 and SCS Senate ... Read More
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April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and teach individuals how to prevent it in their communities. This year’s theme is Embrace Your Voice. Social Media Awareness The National Sexual V... Read More
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Our collective advocacy led to a historic moment for MCADSV – a unanimous committee vote to pass a domestic violence firearm bill. For more than 20 years, MCADSV has supported replicating the federal firearm prohibitions for domestic violence offenders into state law yet the legislation was me... Read More
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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to raise awareness about developmental disabilities and teach the importance of inclusion in every aspect of life. A person is not their disability. A person with a developmental disability is different than a development... Read More
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Three bills making their way through the state legislature would require schools offering sexuality education to incorporate information about consent, sexual harassment and sexual violence in course materials. Currently, schools that teach sex education are required to teach students eight guidelin... Read More
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“Working as a sexual assault nurse is different. "It's nothing big or fancy — I just love it so much, being able to help the patients. I've been privileged to see how everything went and to be able to see them heal," Victoria Ross, sexual assault nurse examination coordinator at Cox Heal... Read More
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The 2018 legislative session of the Missouri General Assembly convened on January 3. MCADSV will, as always, continue its mission-focused public policy advocacy in a non-partisan manner. January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, and Sex Trafficking Awareness month in Misso... Read More
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Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are at high risk for experiencing housing instability. Each year MCADSV member programs report increases in unmet requests for emergency shelter, and longer stays for people who are in shelter. Survivors face a variety of barriers when they lack stable housi... Read More
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DeafLEAD, formerly The Leadership through Education and Advocacy for the Deaf (L.E.A.D.) Institute, is now offering a 24/7/365 crisis videophone hotline for the Deaf community through funding provided by the Victims of Crime Act grant. This crisis line focuses on meeting the needs of Deaf individua... Read More
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The month of January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a common tactic used by domestic and sexual violence perpetrators to intimidate and control their victims, and can often escalate over time. According to the Stalking Resource Center, over 7.5 million people are stalked each year... Read More
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