Women's Advocates Newsletter  |  April 2021
In this April eNewsletter, we are sharing online resources and tools that we've developed in response to community requests and keeping you informed about what is happening  in our organization.  
Upcoming Events
You can read more about these upcoming events and register by clicking here: https://www.wadvocates.org/events/
Missed an event?
No worries if you were not able to attend an event live! We have an archive of recordings and past resource materials including PowerPoint slides located here: https://www.wadvocates.org/our-services/violence-prevention-education/online-education-and-webinars/
In Solidarity & Remembrance

In the wake of the Atlanta murders and anti-Asian racism and harassment across our country, Women’s Advocates stands in solidarity with our Asian and Pacific Islander communities, especially women of Asian descent.  In the spirit of unity, we share with you here a statement from our sister organization, Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM). 
In Response to the Atlanta Murders
We at Asian Women United of Minnesota condemn the violent murders that occurred in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. We stand with the families and loved ones of all eight victims, and wish them strength and comfort during this incomprehensible, traumatic, and painful time. We remember and honor the lives of Soon Chung Park (74), Suncha Kim (69), Yong Ae Yue (63), Paul Andre Michels (54), Hyun Jung Grant (51), Xiaojie Tan (49), Daoyou Feng (44), and Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez (33). May each soul rest in peace.
AWUM’s reason for existence is to protect people from gender-based violence. When we hear of an incident such as the one in Atlanta, we see familiar faces. We see the women who have come through our shelter doors, filled with courage and determination. We remember their stories of back-breaking labor; of repeated sexual assault; of deciding whether to run or scream or hide.
When the media construes the Atlanta slaughters as an anomaly, as the unhinged act of a man who was having a “bad day”, it fails to acknowledge that this act must be contextualized within a system of oppression that has existed for centuries. The perpetrator is already being dismissed as a troubled young man who was addicted to sex, whose solution to the uncontrollable temptation of the spa workers was to eliminate them.
At the foundation of this heinous act is the notion that women, particularly Asian women, are interchangeable, replaceable, and expendable. We categorically reject this deadly, materialistic, and dehumanizing perspective – rooted in white supremacy – that perpetually feeds and gives permission to objectify and annihilate human beings at whim.
The crime that occurred in Atlanta is an example of what can happen when misogyny, xenophobia, and racism intersect into a lethal mix, namely, white male body terrorism. No matter if this incident is ultimately classified as a “hate crime,” six of the seven slain women were Asian. From 2019 to 2020, violent attacks on Asian Americans increased an estimated 150 percent. We cannot let this targeted violence become normalized. We cannot become desensitized to it.
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Organizations to learn about and support:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
  • One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • Ninety-four percent of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.
  • Annually, there are 433,648 victims (people 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault in the U.S.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual, nationwide campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and how to prevent it. SAAM began in 2001 with the goal of spreading awareness, later incorporating prevention education at college campuses, workplaces, and in communities.
To learn more click the link:
 Virtual Shelter Tour 
Check out Women's Advocates' Virtual Shelter Tour!
Every month, shelter staff associated with Violence Free Minnesota, Minnesota’s statewide coalition to end relationship abuse, come together to learn about one another’s shelter programs.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this has taken place in a virtual format.  When Women’s Advocates recently had our turn to host, we realized our virtual shelter tour could have many uses, including helping our friends get to know us better. 
Click the link to access the tour: https://youtu.be/uvLy-qW1Hn4
We hope the tour gives you a good sense of our safe and welcoming shelter space as well as the important work Women’s Advocates is doing to support women and families in shelter and beyond. The tour will live on our website, allowing people seeking safety to learn about our shelter and services as they consider their next steps.     
Deep Dive into Consent
4/15: "Deep Dive into Consent" Learn more + register here: 
Empowering You: Having Difficult Coversations with Family-- Where to Start
 4/28: "Empowering You: Having Difficult Conversations with Family" Learn more + register here: https://www.wadvocates.org/event/empowering-you-having-difficult-conversations-with-family-where-to-start/
Notes from the Crisis Line
“I received a notification from LiveChat that someone was trying to send our Facebook page a message. The message was in another language -- one that I didn't know -- but included the English words "help" and "husband". I put some of her message into Google to see what language she was using, and it turned out to be Hindi. I used Google Translate to figure out how to ask her for her location, and she responded with the name of a neighborhood in Bangalore, India. She was being abused by her husband and did not know where to go for help, but I was able to locate a program for domestic violence victims in a nearby region and refer her there. She hasn't reached out since then -- it's my hope that she was able to get support from that organization.”  We at Women’s Advocates are humbled to know that we reach people all around the world.
Sexual Violence & Healthy Relationships 101
4/26: "Sexual Violence & Healthy Relationships 101" Learn more + register here: 
After Experiencing Sexual Assault: Support & Healing
4/7: "After Experiencing Sexual Assault: Support & Healing" Learn more + register here: 
Tiktok Raises Awareness for Gendered Violence
Tiktok users are encouraging a community response to gendered violence. Brenisen, Women's Advocates' outreach and education coordinator, and other advocates contributed to this story in "i-D":https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/5dpx4q/tiktok-users-are-encouraging-a-community-response-to-violence-against-women
Women's Advocates' Live Chat
Women's Advocates’ website includes a live chat feature for individuals who may need another option when reaching out for crisis support or for friends, family, and colleagues seeking advice on how to best support a loved one.
Follow this link to our website and click the "Live Chat Now" or "Leave Us A Message" button at the top of the page to start a chat (7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and some overnight hours) or leave a message (any time) for our Crisis Resource Advocates. 
This is an interactive guide to learn about the 6 steps you can take to help break the cycle of domestic violence including learning, discussing, engaging, believing, supporting, and donating. Click here for steps
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Learn more about routes to safety and create your own safety plan.
Women's Advocates' Donation Needs
We are so grateful for the support we are receiving from businesses and individuals to help Women's Advocates with immediate supply needs. For the time being, we are not able to accept in-kind donation deliveries, except for the items below:
Gift Cards: Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Cub Foods, and local gas stations and fast food restaurants are useful to help Women's Advocates fill immediate needs for our residents and aftercare participants.
Cloth Face Masks: With the recent CDC recommendations to utilize double-masking when possible, we want to equip all of our shelter residents with a supply of well-fitting cloth masks to wear over the blue surgical masks. We are currently in need of new, homemade cloth masks with elastic ear loops.
Personal Care Items:  Deodorants, hair scarves, and hair binders are needed for women in our shelter.
 Ways You Can Help
  • Head to our donate page to review the various ways you can support Women’s Advocates
  • Start a Facebook or GoFundMe fundraising page and select Women’s Advocates as the beneficiary OR donate directly to us here
  • Ask your employer to match your donations (email development@wadvocates.org to coordinate)
  • Shop our Amazon wish list (http://a.co/jkkHfvm) for cleaning items, clothing basics, and personal care/hygiene products to be directly shipped to us

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