September Updates

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA created programs, funding, and resources for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. This act was the first time intimate partner violence was recognized as a criminal offense, and called for members of the community to work together to prevent and address these crimes.

VAWA has been reauthorized several times since 1994, including March of this year. The 2022 reauthorization of VAWA strengthens this landmark law.

RE-AUTHORIZATION UPDATES TO VAWA IN 2022

Tribal Courts
In the past, tribal courts could do little against non-Native perpetrators that had committed crimes outlined by VAWA. The 2022 re-authorization of the act has expanded its reach to be able to prosecute non-Native perpetrators in tribal courts.

Underserved Populations
Provisions have been increased for underserved and marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ survivors and Indigenous communities.
Victims of Cybercrimes
Protections against cybercrimes now include victims of intimate image distribution. Victims whose images have been shared without their consent can sue the distributor(s) to recover damages and legal fees.
Field Professionals
Law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and sexual assault forensic examiners will be provided improved trauma-informed and victim-centered training.
Check out this VAWA fact sheet to learn more.

LEARN & PARTNER

Is your group, club, or organization interested in learning more about responding to, or preventing, child abuse and sexual violence? Lotus is here to help!

Child abuse and sexual violence are serious problems that can have lasting, harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. But, we know that prevention is possible through education and empowerment.

Using an evidence-based approach, Lotus works to inform, educate, and engage people to take action and create healthier communities that are committed to ending child abuse and sexual violence. Contact us to learn more about trainings and educational presentations offered at no cost. Schedule a training today!

DEEPEN UNDERSTANDING

SUPPORT SURVIVORS
Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Check out these five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal that are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention. Or, learn more about 988, the national suicide and crisis lifeline.

STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
Internet Safety: What is Child Sexual Abuse Material?
At a time when even toddlers know how to use a smartphone, it’s natural for parents to be unsure of how to monitor their children’s use of technology. Learn more about Child Sexual Abuse Material and how you can keep your children safe online.

EMPOWER COMMUNITIES
Trauma Informed Training for Professionals
Trainings provided by the University of Kentucky help participants to identify trauma informed practices that can be used in a wide variety of workplaces and professions. Learn more and register your organization for a training.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mondays (ongoing): Survivor Led Support Group @ 6:00 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus, Ampersand, and Hope Harbor | Virtual

Tuesday, September 20: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Child Abuse Prevention Training @ 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus | Virtual

Sarah is a community impact intern at Lotus. She is a senior at Murray State studying organizational communication and nonprofit leadership and is passionate about working in the nonprofit sector one day.
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