Ways We Can All Help Create Change
Choose Respect Campaign
In December of 2009, Governor Sean Parnell pledged that Alaska would take every step necessary to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska. Since then, we have witnessed more and more Alaskans finding the courage to speak, and the strength to act. Alaska started with 18 partner communities. By March, more than 170 Alaska communities participated in Choose Respect marches, rallies, and community events. Together, we are sending messages of hope and healing to the many who have suffered from these crimes.
Girls on the Run
Girls On The Run is a 10-12 week after school program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade that encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. The program models healthy peer and adult role modeling, healthy relationships and provides the girls with opportunities to explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world. The program now offers a curriculum for 6th-8th grade girls and a “Let Me Run” program is also available for boys. For more information go to http://www.girlsontherun.org/What-We-Do/3rd-5th-Grade-Program.
Green Dot Alaska
Green Dot is a bystander intervention program with the goal of preparing organizations and/or communities to implement a strategy of violence prevention that consistently and measurably reduces power-based personal violence. Power-based violence includes domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, elder abuse, child abuse and bullying. The Green Dot-Alaska project is being piloted in six communities: Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai and on Prince of Wales Island. The project teaches community members how to safely act in potentially abusive or violent situations and encourages everyone to become involved in promoting safety and violence free communities. To learn more about Green Dot in Alaska visit www.greendotalaska.com or visit the national Green Dot website at https://www.livethegreendot.com/ to read about the history of the program and learn what other states are doing.
One Billion Rising Campaign
On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls. On 14 February 2014, the Campaign escalated its efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to rise, release, dance and demand justice! CDVSA helped spearhead statewide efforts for involvement in this important campaign. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice –courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. Learn more.