Tag Archives: Sexual Assault

Fayetteville NOW: 2017 Annual Wreath Laying Honoring Past DV Victim

In 1974 Beryl Mitchell was murdered in Fayetteville by her active duty military husband. They had two young children. Until nine years ago her grave had no headstone. Then her daughter, Christine Horne returned to Fayetteville to dedicate a headstone for Beryl’s grave. At that time, some members of Fayetteville NOW (National Organization for Women) vowed to lay a wreath
on her grave each year in her memory.

Here are the specifics for the 2017 wreath-laying ceremony.
Date: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Time: 11am
Place: Lafayette Memorial Park and Mausoleum, 2301 Ramsey Street

Wreath and sign from 2016 wreath laying ceremony Photo Credit: Fay. NOW

Unfortunately Beryl Mitchell is not alone as a victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the US,

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Stop the Assaults, Stop The Violence, #MeToo Event and Action

The President of NC National Organization for Women, Gailya Paliga, led #TuesdaysWithTillis on Nov 14, 2017, with the theme of “Stop the Violence, Stop the Assault/#MeToo.” It was chilly outside, but 45 people and 2 dogs protested anyway. This was Week #43 of the Tuesdays With Tillis protests and still going strong. The next week’s theme (11/21/17)  is DACA/Dreamers.

Sept 13, 2017 was the 23rd anniversary of the passage of VAWA, which is severely threatened with Donald Trump (who bragged about committing sexual assault) in office. The VAWA bill is gender-neutral and includes funding for rape crisis centers and hotlines, services for victims with disabilities, legal aide for survivors, and more.

Senator Richard Burr voted against reauthorizing VAWA in 2012, and Senator Thom Tillis isn’t on record yet. 

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What’s your #MeToo Story? Want to share?


According to CNN, “One fifth of Americans know someone who said #MeToo,” 11/9/17. “You don’t have to be a  young and beautiful film star to be harassed and humiliated.” Do you have a story to share? 

Tuesdays With Tillis Protester! Photo Credit: Stacie Borrello

Tuesdays With Tillis theme of #MeToo and sexual harassment/sexual assault. The topic is “Stop the Assaults, Stop the Violence.” Contact president at raleighnow.org if you have a story to share – which you could do in person, or by sending your story for someone else to read. Whether or not you want to share a story, join us to witness, and take action.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Place: 310 New Bern Ave, the Federal Building 

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Busy Week in Raleigh, Starting Today

Busy week in Raleigh starting on Tuesday, Nov 7. Important events on Nov 7, 8, 9 and 10! Plus topic for next Tuesdays With Tillis is #MeToo. Do you have a story to share?

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017

Be sure to vote on 11/7/17 in most municipalities! Local elections is where people have the most say. And many elections in NC have hinged on a single vote. See “Your vote matters: 31 NC elections decided by 1 vote, 69 elections by 5 or fewer,” News and Observer, 10/24/17.

Photo Credit: Jacalyn Engler

The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis protest is 11:30am-12:30pm at 310 New Bern Ave, in Raleigh. The theme is Defeat the #TrumpTaxCuts. Tuesdays With Tillis at 11:30am at the Federal Building on New Bern in Raleigh. We have a great new sign! I love this protest, also because it is done in an hour. This is the 42nd week. Find on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/526075321078863/.

Raleigh NOW meeting on Nov 7, at 7:15pm, at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh (note: new location). Topics are pro-choice signature ad, and planning for the January Roe event. 

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Rape Culture Perpetuated by Politicians

Politicians contribute to rape culture. Never let statements like this go by. Found on facebook.

“Some girls rape easy.” – Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Wi), Oct 2012

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DeVos vows to revoke and replace campus sexual assault guidelines

In 2011, the U. S. Department of Education issued some guidelines to colleges and universities requiring them to handle rape allegations swiftly and fairly.  The problem was being taken seriously at last.

Now in 2017,  Betsy DeVos claims that these guidelines  have “weaponized the Office of Civil Rights.” Specifically, she maintains that  enforcing women’s civil rights under Title IX is unfair to accused rapists. Her own acting head of Education’s civil rights office told the New York times that “90 percent” of campus rapes “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’.”  Of course, being drunk is no excuse if you injure or kill someone with your car.

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What you can do now to spread the word on danger of campus assaults

It’s time for some of our children and grandchildren to go back to school. Some are going to college, and that can be a very dangerous place for undergraduates. Studies have shown one in five college women and 5% of men have been sexually assaulted (note 1 and note 2). This problem is very real and close to home. On July 21, three N.C. State University (NSCU) students reported being sexually assaulted during a campus party. Raleigh police took this seriously and assigned a team of detectives assigned to the case, but more than 2 weeks later, there have not been any arrests (note 3). One way to protect undergraduates is by warning them and giving them guidance.

To help inform the community and help undergraduates know to protect themselves, Raleigh NOW held a screening of “The Hunting Ground” documentary at NCSU in Raleigh, cosponsored by WomenNC and NCSU’s GLBT Center. One of the main subjects of the film, UNC-CH graduate Annie Clark, led the post-film discussion. Annie Clark survived her assault, and refused to be ignored. She went on to co-found her own organization to combat campus rape, End Rape On Campus. The documentary presents the issue very well, and Annie Clark and her continuing fight to help others and improve the situation was inspiring.

Annie Clark running Q&A at screening of The Hunting Ground, on 8/8/17. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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Hunting Ground Event Discussion led by Annie Clark

The Hunting Ground documentary screening on Aug 8, 2017, will be followed by discussion led by one of the main subjects in the film, Annie Clark.

For more information on the film and event see “Learn about Campus Danger for Women, 8/8/17 at NCSU“. The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/435781543487421/

ANNIE E. CLARK (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a cofounder of End Rape On Campus, and a lead complainant in the Title IX and Clery complaints against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science. She has a certificate in business from Kenan Flagler Business School, and is a former administrator at the University of Oregon. She has presented her work to the United Nations Commission on The Status of Women and is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, MSNBC, and The Chronicle Vitae. After directly working with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the Bi-Partisan Campus Safety and Accountability Act. She has worked on numerous state level education laws, and in 2013 was listed alongside former President Barack Obama as one of the most influential forces in higher education.

Clark is a co-author of the book, We Believe You, a collection of 36 stories of campus sexual assault. Copies of her book, “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out” will be sold (cash only)

We Will Be Heard! Burr/Tillis Town Hall on 3/5/17.

Community members in the Triangle area will be holding a Citizens Town Hall to gather and make our voices heard. We will speak out about issues that concern North Carolinians, and send our comments to US Senators Burr and Tillis if they do not attend. They were invited.

This non-partisan event is being held at a church. Umstead Park United Church of Christ (UCC), 8208 Brownleigh Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617.

Senators Burr and Tillis were part of the group of representatives refusing to do regular town hall events during the Congressional Recess last week (2/18/17-2/26/17). Constituents around the country held their own events for US Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen who refused to hold their own town halls. The town hall in Cary last week held 250 people, and had to turn away at least 50 more people, according to “Angry Constituents Vent To Cardboard Senators in Cary,” 2/22/17, ABC11. Women, including two Women’s March On Raleigh organizers, led a town hall for constituents of Congressman George Holding in Apex on 2/23/17. See more on that one at “North Carolina congressmen avoid facing angry town hall crowds in person,” 2/24/17, CBS.

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Line outside the Cary Town Hall meeting Photo Credit: Shana Becker

The facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1660911020876876/

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Life was very different 50 years ago, when NOW was founded

Our state conference is a great time to look at where women were and what we still need to reach actual equality. The WHOLE PURPOSE OF NOW is to get women *actual* equality – social, economic and political equality!

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2004 March For Women’s Lives in DC. Raleigh NOW sent 3 or 4 buses for this huge event!

You may know that 2016 is NOW’s 50th anniversary. Some of you were with me at NOW’s national conference in DC celebrating this – we had a great showing from NC. So we’ve been looking at how things were in 1966 and how they are now. Life was very different 50 years ago. 

  1. A single woman could be denied a credit card; a married woman couldn’t get a credit card without her husband’s signature!! His signature was required as a cosigner!
  2. A single woman couldn’t get birth control and a married woman may not be able to get it either! 
  3. Marital Rape was not a recognized crime! A woman couldn’t refuse to have sex with her husband.

NOW was founded because women were mad about the unfair treatment and not going to take it any more!  The founding group of women saw value of being organized. NOW is still here and still fighting against many more problems.

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Founding conference in October of 1966. There is a listing of who each woman is!

To find out more about our conference, and to sign up, go here. If you want to help set up or clean up, email president at raleighnow.org. If you want to donate items for a silent auction, go here.