Wewillspeakout.us

Wewillspeakout.us A coalition to speak out and end sexual and gender based violence in our communities WE WILL SPEAK OUT! In 2013, the World Health Organization reported that 1 in 3 women globally will experience SGBV in her lifetime;* a study released in 2011 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already produced similar findings in the US, while noting that along with 1 in 3 American women, as many as 1 in 4 American men will experience this violence as well.** We cannot continue to give silent consent to the prevalence of sexual and gender based violence both in our own communities and around the world.

OUR MISSION WeWillSpeakOut.US is a coalition and movement of diverse faith groups from across the US joining together with other leaders for action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Our mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement and change our culture of tolerance and inaction. If people of faith will not speak out, who will? You can start today by signing our Pledge against Sexual and Gender Based Violence! THE HISTORY OF WEWILLSPEAKOUT.US WeWillSpeakOut.US is an outgrowth of the We Will Speak Out (Global) coalition, which was established in March 2011 at Lambeth Palace in London at the launch of Tearfund‘s ’Silent No More‘ research report. The report highlighted the untapped potential and challenges of the worldwide church to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Recognizing the both the prevalence of SGBV in the United States, as well as the potential for American organizations and congregations to influence change, WWSO Steering Committee Member IMA World Health launched WeWillSpeakOut.US to unite and amplify existing voices and programs throughout the US. IMA World Health is a faith-based organization dedicated to advancing health for vulnerable and marginalized people around the world. Because SGBV is a public health concern affecting people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, IMA recognizes the importance of addressing this issue domestically as well as through its international health projects. *World Health Organization. Global and regional estimates of violence against women. 2013 **US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. 2010

Mission: If the Church will not step up and speak out, who will? WeWillSpeakOut.US is a coalition and movement of diverse faith groups from across the US joining together with other leaders for action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Our mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement and change our culture of tolerance and inaction.

We will STILL speak out.
10/15/2018
The Economist

We will STILL speak out.

Surveys suggest that a year-long storm of allegations, confessions and firings has actually made Americans more sceptical about sexual harassment

One month to go until the #Walk2EndFGM. Join the Global Woman Peace Foundation on the National Mall October 27 to tell t...
09/27/2018
Walk To End FGM

One month to go until the #Walk2EndFGM. Join the Global Woman Peace Foundation on the National Mall October 27 to tell the world there's no place for female genital mutilation. Register here: https://wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/

Funds from this event this year will help GWPF acquire a women’s community center, including restorative surgery, professional counseling and physical therapy.

Faith leaders: what you say about sexual assault and other forms of violence speaks volumes!!!! Graham says he believes ...
09/19/2018
RELEVANT Magazine

Faith leaders: what you say about sexual assault and other forms of violence speaks volumes!!!!

Graham says he believes this is a smear campaign. (What victims hear: If your abuser is powerful or rich, don’t bother speaking up because no one will believe you.) But, he also says that if what Ford says IS true, then Kavanaugh “respected” when Ford said no. That they were “just teenagers.” But if what Ford says is true, how is holding his hands over her mouth “respecting” her? Are teenagers’ experiences of abuse irrelevant?

Why are faith leaders making pointed political statements when there are hearts that need healing? When there are people seeking spiritual guidance for living in a broken world? TOTAL MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO BE AN ACTUAL MINISTER OF GOD’S WORD

#brokensilence #churchtoo

Christine Blasey Ford says she feared for her life when Kavanaugh violently sexually assaulted her. Graham said, "There wasn't a crime committed. These are two teenagers and it's obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away."

“As a faith-based, global public health agency, IMA World Health is committed to ensuring health, healing and well-being...
09/19/2018
Broken Silence – wewillspeakout.us

“As a faith-based, global public health agency, IMA World Health is committed to ensuring health, healing and well-being is available for all God’s children. Our work combating sexual and gender-based violence globally drives us to do more about it in the U.S. context. The effects are no less horrific here than in the developing countries where we work. We know caring faith communities respond to need. But in responding to abuse and harassment, we have much work left to do. Our next generation of faith leaders need to be prepared to preach about prevention from the pulpit, create a safe space within their churches and lend their voices to the movement for lasting change in our society.” -- IMA World Health CEO and President Rick Santos on why IMA co-sponsored the Broken Silence 2.0 report with Sojourners. Learn more about this update on pastors' views of sexual and domestic violence here: https://wewillspeakout.us/broken-silence/

More pastors than ever say they are expected to respond to domestic and sexual violence but report having little or no training to do so.

Our voices are being heard. #MeToo and #ChurchToo are gaining ground with Protestant pastors in the US—but there's more ...
09/18/2018
Broken Silence – wewillspeakout.us

Our voices are being heard. #MeToo and #ChurchToo are gaining ground with Protestant pastors in the US—but there's more work to do.

Learn more in the new Broken Silence 2.0 report: https://wewillspeakout.us/broken-silence/

IMA World Health, Sojourners, LifeWay Research

More pastors than ever say they are expected to respond to domestic and sexual violence but report having little or no training to do so.

Thanks to Bob Smietana and Baptist Press for this coverage of Broken Silence 2.0. https://bit.ly/2QCnJGd#brokensilence #...
09/18/2018
#MeToo awareness in church focus of study

Thanks to Bob Smietana and Baptist Press for this coverage of Broken Silence 2.0. https://bit.ly/2QCnJGd

#brokensilence #metoo #churchtoo IMA World Health, Sojourners, LifeWay Research

A new LifeWay Research study shows more pastors say they are addressing domestic or sexual abuse issues from the pulpit. Still, half say they lack training in how to address sexual and domestic violence.

Thank you to Adelle M. Banks at Religion News Service for her coverage of Broken Silence 2.0 at the Religion News Associ...
09/18/2018
Survey shows more pastors preach about abuse in #MeToo age - Religion News Service

Thank you to Adelle M. Banks at Religion News Service for her coverage of Broken Silence 2.0 at the Religion News Association's annual conference. https://religionnews.com/2018/09/18/survey-shows-more-pastors-preach-about-abuse-in-metoo-age/
IMA World Health Sojourners LifeWay Research

COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The survey by LifeWay Research offers a detailed look at Protestant pastors’ attitudes and actions related to abuse and harassment.

BREAKING NEWS: More pastors than ever say they are expected to respond to domestic and sexual violence but report having...
09/18/2018
Broken Silence – wewillspeakout.us

BREAKING NEWS: More pastors than ever say they are expected to respond to domestic and sexual violence but report having little or no training to do so. Find more details and analysis in the new We Will Speak Out report, "Broken Silence 2.0: an update on pastors’ attitudes and actions around domestic and sexual violence in the #MeToo era."
View the full report here: https://wewillspeakout.us/broken-silence/
(Survey sponsored by IMA World Health and Sojourners, conducted by LifeWay Research.) #churchtoo #faithvssgbv #wewillspeakout #brokensilence

More pastors than ever say they are expected to respond to domestic and sexual violence but report having little or no training to do so.

How Patriarchy in the Church Plays a Role in Abuse
09/14/2018
How Patriarchy in the Church Plays a Role in Abuse

How Patriarchy in the Church Plays a Role in Abuse

I have experienced abuse at the hands of multiple perpetrators. One was a romantic partner who led a ministry for my former church. The other was a spiritual leader with

“It is a radical act, believing women. It shouldn’t be, but it is. The Church, which has long taught that we all bear th...
08/10/2018
RELEVANT Magazine

“It is a radical act, believing women. It shouldn’t be, but it is. The Church, which has long taught that we all bear the image of God, could pave the way for a cultural revolution by demonstrating the baseline amount of love and respect due the image of God by believing the words of the women who bear it.” AMEN!

In the wake of the Willow Creek Church scandal, it's time to stop doubting women and start believing them. It quite literally is the least we can do.

06/20/2018
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Questions You Asked: Further Conversations on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the event.

Our friends at the Center for Partnership Studies will host a free webinar Wed, June 27: "Questions You Asked: Further Conversations on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith." We urge you to attend to learn from these incredible experts! http://bit.ly/2HLMTfJ #churchtoo

We heard you! The response to our May webinar “Uncovering the Roots of Violence: New Perspectives on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith,” was overwhelming. Participants from all over the world raised incisive questions that call for further conversation, so we are reconvening our panel...

Thank you Julia Baird for this excellent piece in the The New York Times Opinion Section about the faith community's rol...
05/11/2018
Opinion | Churches Can No Longer Hide Domestic Violence

Thank you Julia Baird for this excellent piece in the The New York Times Opinion Section about the faith community's role in speaking out against domestic violence. We're proud that Broken Silence helped to inform your research! https://nyti.ms/2rA91nV
Sojourners

The point is not whether church communities are more prone to domestic violence. It’s that they are not immune from it.

This is how sexual violence gets normalized in the Church.
05/03/2018
RELEVANT Magazine

This is how sexual violence gets normalized in the Church.

He told the story in 2014 to big laughs from the audience.

JWI
05/01/2018
JWI

JWI

Last week, we asked men why it's important to be leaders in their communities to support survivors and fight sexual assault. This week, we asked: How are you working to #ChangetheCulture to prevent sexual assault? The individuals you'll hear from in this article reaffirm that there are so many ways to advocate - creating cultural changes in the workplace, teaching children that they have control over their bodies, modeling healthy relationships, simply having a conversation about #MeToo - and more.

At JWI, we're working to shift norms, language, and attitudes through programming that aims to build a culture of consent.

Come chat with us at Ecumenical Advocacy Days! It’s encouraging to be around so many people who want to make the world a...
04/21/2018

Come chat with us at Ecumenical Advocacy Days! It’s encouraging to be around so many people who want to make the world a better place. Ecumenical Advocacy Days #ead2018

03/28/2018
An Overview of ACHA’s Toolkit - Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence

How are you addressing relationship violence on your campus?

Join the JWI-led National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse for a webinar to explore the newly released American College Health Association's toolkit, "Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence: A Trauma-Informed Approach."

Two of the authors will introduce tools and resources adaptable for individual organizations to implement trauma-informed education programs, response, and care on campus.

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
• Identify several public health models
• Discuss trauma and its impact
• Define trauma-informed systems
• Identify key components for trauma-informed systems

Register here: https://conta.cc/2ILXJnJ

This webinar explores the newly released American College Health Association’s toolkit, “Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence: A Trauma-Informed Approach.” The webinar aims to introduce tools and resources adaptable for individual organizations to implement trauma-informed education progra...

Very interesting and thorough new report from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security on how the UN could...
03/26/2018
The Use of UN Sanctions to Address Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Very interesting and thorough new report from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security on how the UN could and should better use sanctions to prevent and curb sexual violence in armed conflict and address the impunity of perpetrators. http://bit.ly/2Gtdh1d

Report | 2018 Executive Summary The United Nations Security Council can use sanctions to advance its commitment to address conflict-related sexual violence. UN sanctions—specifically the designation criteria and the subsequent listing of sanctioned individuals— could and should be better used to...

“Faith leaders can be social change agents. They should respond to violence: Our faith does not condone this. You have a...
03/13/2018

“Faith leaders can be social change agents. They should respond to violence: Our faith does not condone this. You have a right to safety.” -- Deborah Rosenbloom, Vice President of Programs, JWI

This evening, women of faith gathered to speak out about engaging religious leaders to help reduce, and ultimately end, gender-based violence. The panel discussion took place as part of activities related to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Episcopal Relief & Development partnered with the Wewillspeakout.us coalition and affiliated organizations for the event.

03/13/2018
Episcopal Relief & Development

Watch LIVE: Women of Faith Speak Out on Engaging Religious Leaders #EndGBV

How can Faith Leaders help dismantle violence against women and girls within their institutions and communities?

NOW: The Rev. Amy C. Gopp, Duretti Haji, Tanja Haque, Annette M. Kiawu, Mandy Marshall and Deborah Rosenbloom to provide some answers. #EndGBV #UNCSW62

Discover more about our UN Commission on the Status of Women panel event in partnership with @wewillspeakoutus entitled Women of Faith Speak Out on Engaging Religious Leaders: http://bit.ly/TodayISpeakOut

TODAY at the UN Commission on the Status of Women: "Women of Faith Speak Out on Engaging Religious Leaders." This free e...
03/13/2018

TODAY at the UN Commission on the Status of Women: "Women of Faith Speak Out on Engaging Religious Leaders." This free event brings together a diverse group of women with deep experience in working with clergy to end gender-based violence. #CSW62 #endgbv #metoo

More details here: http://bit.ly/TodayISpeakOut

Faith leaders are often the first people in whom a survivor of abuse will confide. Too often, these faith leaders do not...
03/12/2018
Faith Communities Must Do Better When Survivors Seek Help

Faith leaders are often the first people in whom a survivor of abuse will confide. Too often, these faith leaders do not have the training or connections to help. Thanks to Sojourners for publishing this op-ed, written by the Rev. Amy Gopp on behalf of We Will Speak Out U.S., on why and how our faith communities must do more and better for those suffering from sexual or domestic violence. #churchtoo #wewillspeakout #brokensilence #faithvssgbv
http://bit.ly/2FMGUKA

Here's a five-step resource for faith communities to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.

Headed to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women? Join Wewillspeakout.us for an exciting free event, "Women of Faith...
03/09/2018

Headed to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women? Join Wewillspeakout.us for an exciting free event, "Women of Faith Speak Out on Engaging Religious Leaders." This panel discussion brings together a diverse group of women with deep experience in working with clergy to end gender-based violence. #CSW62 #endgbv #metoo

More details here: http://bit.ly/TodayISpeakOut

The process of drafting the next reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has begun, and you are invited to hel...
12/07/2017
VAWA 2018 Reauthorization Youth/Prevention Provisions Webinar

The process of drafting the next reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has begun, and you are invited to help shape the content related to Youth and Children, Prevention, and Engaging Men and Boys provisions in the current VAWA. Futures Without Violence, the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, Break the Cycle and Jewish Women International are hosting a webinar to gather your ideas about how these provisions should be revised to meet current needs. Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST. Register here: https://www.jwi.org/calendar/vawa-2018-youth-prevention-webinar

The process of drafting the next reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has begun, and you are invited to help shape the content related to Youth and Children/Prevention/Engaging Men and Boys provisions in the current VAWA. In partnership with Futures Without Violence, The ABA Commission

Have you been following #churchtoo? What are your reactions? While it's not surprising, it's heartbreaking that our sacr...
12/05/2017
On #ChurchToo, People Share Their Stories of Sexual Harassment in the Church

Have you been following #churchtoo? What are your reactions? While it's not surprising, it's heartbreaking that our sacred spaces can be most violated by those who should be most trustworthy. http://bit.ly/2iVQlxQ

The wave of powerful, influential men being toppled by the stories of their victims has rolled through Hollywood, Washington D.C. and the highest levels of the news media. Unfortunately, American churches are far from immune from predatory behavior. And now, some survivors are telling their stories ...

12/01/2017

How are you or your organization observing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence? Please let us know in the comments.

As a coalition that works to end violence against women and girls globally, Wewillspeakout.us welcomes the introduction ...
11/14/2017

As a coalition that works to end violence against women and girls globally, Wewillspeakout.us welcomes the introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). This hallmark bill addresses the violence that women and girls face daily – sometimes even hourly – around the world and makes ending it a central U.S. foreign policy priority.

#IVAWA recognizes that violence against women and girls is embedded in cultural and societal norms of unequal status and power, requiring a long-term approach that fosters personal, community, and societal changes. The solutions to preventing and responding to such violence require all of us - advocates, elected officials, and international leaders – to stand in solidarity across the globe to end gender inequality and address the injustice of violence.

We applaud the introduction of this urgent bill since, now more than ever, women and girls deserve a chance to live a life free from violence. We urge Congress to swiftly consider and pass the International Violence Against Women Act to empower women and girls, along with their communities and nations, to end the violence.

Urge your elected representatives to cosponsor this legislation! Search at http://www.senate.gov/ to find the name and contact information for your Senator.

UN Women
10/21/2017
UN Women

UN Women

"This is about both women and men changing their response to acts of sexual aggression and acting in solidarity to make it visible and unacceptable. Good men should not be quiet spectators." Our Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka comments on #MeToo movement: http://unwo.men/ESuS30fZEWk

#FaithsAgainstSGBV
10/20/2017

#FaithsAgainstSGBV

In 1997, Sacred Circle, the National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women, was established.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. NCADV is honoring 30 accomplishments made during that time and is sharing one accomplishment on social media each day throughout October. #DVAMTurns30

#FaithsAgainstSGBV #FaithSupportsSurvivors
10/18/2017
Alyssa Milano

#FaithsAgainstSGBV #FaithSupportsSurvivors

After the flood of #MeToo stories that women from all walks of life shared over the past few days, we're now calling on the men to help us take it to the next level and enact real change in the world. #HowWillIChange

10/17/2017
JWI

JWI

Today we're discussing a faith response to deportation of domestic violence survivors.

Our panelists are:
1. Silvana Arista, Attorney and Project Coordinator at CLINIC Legal
2. Naomi Strindberg, Senior Director at HIAS
3. Aisha Rahman, Esq., Executive Director of KARAMAH
Moderator: Deborah Rosenbloom, JD/MPA, VP of Programs and New Initiatives, JWI

#FaithSupportsSurvivors #DVAM2017

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CURRENT MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS: - IMA World Health - Episocopal Relief & Development - Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion - Adventist Development and Relief Organization - Jewish Women International - RAVE (Religion and Violence e-Learning) - Mennonite Central Committee - Sexual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV) - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - Presbyterian Church (USA) - Global Woman PEACE Foundation - Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon -

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