Monthly Archives: October 2013

DASH at Alexandria Hospital Cares Day

Wendy Claunch was the guest speaker at the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Cares About Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The event is held every year during October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. The staff and nursing students were eager to learn more about Shev’s story and how they, as the first line in health care, can intervene in teen dating violence cases. An active question and answer session followed the presentation. Thank you to Debra Evans, Maria Leathers and Karen Bune for inviting DASH to the event.

Remembering Siobhan


We take a moment today to remember our dear Siobhan on her 24th birthday. All we do, we do for you….

DASH at 7th Annual K-9 Krawl

Join us at the 7th Annual K-9 Krawl! Bring your favorite pooch and walk to raise awareness about domestic violence and the link to animal abuse. Saturday, October 19, 8:30am registration at the Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, Virginia. FREE. Sponsored by the FCPS Victims Services Section, the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation.

For more information, click: K-9 Krawl flyer 2013

New study – 9% admit sexual violence

A new survey of young people ages 14-21  by the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif., and the University of New Hampshire shows that 9% admitted to using sexual violence such as forced kissing, sexual touching or intercourse. The study, published in the Oct.7, 2013 issue of  JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed 1,058 people.  Coercive tactics such as arguing, pressuring or making the victim feel guilty were most used by perpetrators.

Another disturbing trend was that half of perpetrators blamed their victim for the sexual violence: “Because victim blaming appears to be common while perpetrators experiencing consequences is not, there is urgent need for high school (and middle school) programs aimed at supporting bystander intervention.”

Intervention and speaking out are vitally important to our mission at DASH. We ask everyone to take our pledge: Dating Abuse Stops Here, with me. I will not accept it, I will not perpetrate it and I will speak out if I see it happening. By making others aware of teen dating abuse we can help to reverse these disturbing statistics.

Read the entire article at Live Science.