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    ADVOCATING FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION

    New ‘Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships’ program provides classrooms nationwide with resources to educate students on how to understand and develop healthy relationships, recognize dynamics of teen dating abuse, and learn how to safely advocate for themselves and others who may be experiencing it


    Silver Spring, Maryland (November 17, 2017) – The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today their collaboration to launch Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships – an initiative funded by a contribution from the Verizon Foundation to teach students how to understand and build healthy relationships, reject abuse, and safely ally for themselves and others if experiencing abuse.

    “As the voice of victims and survivors of domestic violence, NCADV is proud to partner with Discovery Education to establish our mission in schools nationwide,” Ruth Glenn, Executive Director at NCADV. “We hope that through the implementation of this curriculum, students will learn strategies that will positively impact them for the rest of their lives, specifically as they encounter new people and environments.”

    Launched today, Teens4HealthyRelationships.com will empower young people to Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships, by providing K-12 classrooms with educational resources, including standards-aligned curriculum, to encourage them to exercise skills in communication and self-awareness. Immersive program tools, including self-paced modules and lesson plans, developed by NCADV and Discovery Education, will help teach students how to recognize healthy qualities and behaviors in relationships. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships will help students examine emotional intelligence, external influencers, and how to identify unsafe situations. Through these activities, students will be able to explore how to effectively and carefully advocate for themselves and others. They will also be able to access strategies for how and where to get help, if in or witnessing an abusive experience.

    One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. Take a Stand for Healthy Relationships is launched at a time when the growing need to disrupt this trend, especially in young people, has become more apparent than ever.

    “Discovery Education is proud to support NCADV in their life-saving work to create a society with zero tolerance for domestic violence,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “By initiating these important conversations at an age where many young people are establishing some of their first tight-knit bonds, ‘Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships’ empowers young people with tools that will help them recognize unsafe behaviors, and to advocate for their personal safety and the safety of others.”

    In addition to the student resources offered through Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships, Discovery Education will support program integration in schools with the creation of educator guides, which also include standards alignment and hands-on activities, to equip school staff with strategies to support students through the critical content in the lessons.

    “This program is necessary in every classroom throughout the world," said Karen Wells, Midland High School educator from Batesville, Arkansas. “Thankfully, ‘Take A Stand for Healthy Relationships’ provides educators with incredibly efficient tools to teach students the skills they need to be safe and protect themselves.”

    For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources, professional development initiatives, and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

    About National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
    NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change. For more information about NCADV, visit www.ncadv.org.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

    About Verizon Communications
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.


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    Choosing to Forgive After Abuse


    LONGMONT, Colo. – After suffering through four abusive marriages, Fe` understands just how challenging it can be to escape a domestic violence situation. In her new book, “Choices: The Ripple Effect,” she equips readers with the tools and hope they need to end a relationship before it’s too late.

    In “Choices,” Fe` blends real stories from her abuse with commentary on her thoughts, feelings and emotions she faced during each encounter. She hopes her annotations on her experiences will provide those in similar situations advice they can use to escape physical, mental, emotional or spiritual abuse.

    “We are responsible for the choices we make in our lives, whether they are good or bad,” Fe` said. “Our choices affect not only our own lives, but also the lives of people close to us – a fact that my story makes clear.”

    Fe` is an ordained minister and has been involved in prison ministry and ministry to those facing domestic violence and addiction for over 20 years. She is the owner of This Too Shall Pass Ministry through which she counsels victims of abuse using her own experiences to help others heal.

    “It’s my hope that just one person can avoid years of pain and suffering after reading my story,” Fe` said. “With the Lord’s direction and guidance, it’s possible to get out of an abusive relationship.”

    For more information, visit thistooshallpassministry.com.

    Choices: The Ripple Effect
    By Fe`
    ISBN: 978-1-4908-9269-6
    Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
    Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and WestBow Press

    About the author
    Fe` is a native Texan and the minister of This Too Shall Pass Ministry. She became an ordained minister in May of 1994. She experienced abuse for most of her life, but through God’s Word, has learned to forgive her abusers. This is her first book.


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    April Is National Sexual Assault Awareness And National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Raising The Importance Of This Escalating Issue To The American Public

    In the new book, The Whole Truth, Joe Klest shares his landmark journey protecting victims of sexual abuse and takes a controversial stand


    Chicago, IL, April 19, 2016 - The Child Maltreatment report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau reports that upwards of 61,0000 cases of child sexual abuse have been reported in the United States in one year. This number does not include the thousands of children that are suffering in silence, afraid to come forward.

    The Whole Truth exposes the breadth of the bias against the Catholic Church using the child sexual abuse dilemma in society as a means for headline news. An amazing and liberating story told by the most credible and unprejudiced source, Joe Klest, the attorney who has successfully obtained a $28 million jury verdict in one of the highest awards in a sexual abuse case. In Joe's research he has found that there is no statistical evidence that shows more abuse occurred in the Catholic Church than in any other institution or organization. The problem is similarly present across all religions, organizations or nationalities. The Whole Truth by Joseph Klest sheds light on the overwhelming reform that has transformed the Catholic Church into a blueprint for prevention and intervention of abuse. The steps you can take to protect your children from abuse and the legal recourse available if your child has been abused.

    Based on the surveys and studies conducted by different denominations over the past 30 years, experts who study child abuse say they see little reason to conclude that sexual abuse is mostly a Catholic issue. 'We don't see the Catholic Church as a hotbed of this or a place that has a bigger problem than anyone else,' said Ernie Allen, President, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    The famous "Spotlight” investigation by the Boston Globe wants us all to celebrate its "breaking” of the "Catholic” Abuse Scandal. The fact of the matter is that the Globe and the New York Times and other major media outlets have long been headlining abuse reports involving the Catholic Church proudly on page one, while instances in other religions and organizations received less moderate and standard coverage or no coverage at all. In fact, the full breadth of the problem has been little discussed and is much more far reaching than is presented to the public.

    It seems that not a day goes by that the news reports another perpetrator who has been arrested in our schools, sports teams, camps or children's programs for sexual abuse of a minor. The Whole Truth sets forth facts that every person should know about sexual abuse in America, especially if you have kids. For people who practice the Roman Catholic faith, this is a must read. However, every parent in the country and the world should be made aware that everything we hear, read and see about sexual abuse against children is not always as it seems. The book is especially compelling when you consider the long time author's professional experience. He has no ax to grind, no predisposition, no prejudice regarding the subject matter. He came upon the astonishing facts presented in The Whole Truth in the trenches, helping victims of sexual abuse.

    About the Author:
    Author Joe Klest is a Chicago native who has practiced law for over 30 years. He is highly respected by his peers and is nationally recognized for his work in helping abuse victims. Mr. Klest has obtained significant outcomes for the victims of sexual abuse and assault. An especially notable result is a milestone victory for sexual abuse victims involving a $28,000,000 verdict in the matter of Snyder v. Kenny. The verdict represents the largest civil sexual abuse verdict in Illinois history and is among the largest in the nation. He is the coauthor of Illinois's 2003 Child Protection Act, which expanded the statute of limitations to allow more victims to sue their abusers, and was a member of the American Association for Justice – Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation Group.

    He is currently a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has argued abuse cases before the Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has counseled thousands of sex abuse victims throughout the United States and around the world, and has handled over 500 sexual abuse cases against both individuals and institutions, including various Catholic dioceses. He is also the coauthor of the 2010 book, Illinois Injury Law – A Reference for Accident Victims, a guidebook for people who have been involved in serious accidents, or have family members who were, and need help sorting out the many legal, financial, medical and personal issues they face. Joe also has several years of film production experience under his belt, including but not limited to his recent role as producer of "Defending a Monster,” a feature-length documentary regarding the trial of John Wayne Gacy. Joe is also one of the producers of "Some Girl(s)”, a 2013 theatrically released narrative feature film.

    The Whole Truth: What the Spotlight team of the Boston Globe fail to uncover about Sexual Abuse in America

    Author: Joseph Klest
    Foreword by Thomas Doyle, J.C.D
    ISBN: 978-1523377114
    Trade paperback, pp 152, $11.95, February 2016

    Available on Amazon in print and ebook formats or directly through the website.
    http://thewholetruthaboutabuse.com/media-access/
    www.LissyPeace.com or www.Facebook.com/LissyPeace & Associates


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    House Of Fire: Hope And Healing After Childhood Incest. Sexual Abuse Does Not Have To Define You


    Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 2016 – When a child is raped, 46 percent of the time the perpetrator is a family member, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice. Those statistics suggest many stories. House of Fire: A Story of Love, Courage, and Transformation (North Star Press) is a remarkable tale of incest (including two pregnancies), loss, and eventual renewal that author Elizabeth di Grazia hopes will open a dialogue to change those statistics – and innocent lives – for the better.

    Now raising children of her own, di Grazia believes the first step to ending sexual abuse is to talk about it. "I'm speaking the truth about sexual abuse to give others the courage to do the same. I want to be a part of the social change that's making it acceptable to talk about incest and also about the babies born because of incest.”

    House of Fire interweaves the abuse that defined her childhood with di Grazia's healing. As part of her journey back to health, she and her partner adopted two Guatemalan babies, a poignant choice, considering the two babies she couldn't keep as a teenager. She says, "True family takes more than providing food, clothes and a place to live. We've learned that being honest about the past and refusing to cover up ugly secrets is the foundation for our strong, loving family.”

    A gifted speaker, di Grazia welcomes the opportunity to help others by sharing her difficult personal story. "I want to be a role model for those who need to know that a very troubled childhood doesn't define them. They can live a joyful and healthy life.” Di Grazia continues, "I don't want to be portrayed as a victim. I am strong and thriving. Others can too.”

    Elizabeth di Grazia is a recent recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study Grant, a 2013-2014 mentor participant in the Minnesota Loft Mentor Series, and a recipient of a Next Step Grant from the McKnight Foundation. She is one of the founders of WordSisters, a shared blog (wordsisters.wordpress.com). Her work has been anthologized in Illness and Grace/Terror and Transformation And Families: Front Line of Pluralism, both published by Wising Up Press. She has also widely published prose in a number of journals, including Adoptive Families Magazine, SLAB, Minnesota Literature, The Mom Writer's Literary Magazine, Minnesota Parent, Adagio Verse Quarterly, Edge Life, and many others. She has an MFA from Hamline University.

    For more information, please see: www.elizabethdigrazia.com

    House of Fire: A Story of Love, Courage, and Transformation
    North Star Press
    By Elizabeth di Grazia
    Available at the author's website and Amazon.com
    ISBN: 978-1-68201-028-0




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  1. African American Victims: A Painful Dilemma...
    Are you hesitant about seeking services for domestic violence due to African American racial stereotypes and a misunderstanding of your culture? You are not alone.

  2. Black Child-Abuse Statistics...
    A new study debunks the long-held belief that racial bias by those who report abuse is behind the disproportionately high numbers for black children.

  3. Black Children Exposed to Violence and Victimization...
    Children and youth in the United States experience an alarming rate of exposure to violence and victimization from all the crimes that affect adults—from property crimes to homicide—plus child abuse and neglect.

  4. Black Children Exposed to Violence...
    Children and youth in the United States experience an alarming rate of exposure to violence and victimization from all the crimes that affect adults—from property crimes to homicide—plus child abuse and neglect

  5. Domestic Violence in Women of Color ...
    For many women, domestic abuse leads to death.

  6. Intimate Partner Violence ...
    In a nationally representative survey conducted in 1996, 29% of African American women and 12% of African American men reported at least one instance of violence from an intimate partner.

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  7. No Secrets, No Lies...
    How Black Families Can Heal From Sexual Abuse by author and journalist Robin D. Stone is a resource guide for families seeking to understand, prevent and overcome childhood sexual abuse and its devastating impact on adult survivors.

  8. Sexual Abuse And The Code Of Silence In The Black Community...
    Black women have been conditioned to be their brother’s keepers—and have allowed themselves to be perpetual victims by doing so.

  9. Silent Abuse: African-Americans and Sexual Abuse ...
    A new study debunks the long-held belief that racial bias by those who report abuse is behind the disproportionately high numbers for black children.

  10. What's hidden in plain sight: A look at child sexual abuse...
    Childhood sexual abuse is a topic that desperately needs attention in the African-American community, yet not enough people talk about it above a whisper.

  11. Why Black Women Struggle More With Domestic Violence ...
    Domestic and intimate partner violence (DV/IPV) is a “family secret” in our Black communities.

  12. 7 Truths About Domestic Violence...
    In fact: Most domestic violence remains largely hidden outside the relationships in which it occurs.

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