PA Centered

PA Centered

PA Centered is a podcast designed to help listeners be a part of the solution to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. Each episode, we will take on a topic or current event to help spark conversation and break down barriers to building communities free from sexual violence. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).

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February 28, 2022 24 min

Join us this week as we speak with Representative Joanna McClinton, Democratic Leader of Pennsylvania’s State House.

Representative McClinton has served as a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2015, representing the 191st State House District, which includes parts of Western and Southwestern Philadelphia, Yeadon, and Darby.

Representative McClinton has worked as an attorney and policymaker for a decade. She’s a...

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In this episode of History You Should Know, you will learn about 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on the bus six months before Rosa Parks would do the same. These actions contributed to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which has gone down in history as the first large-scale US demonstration against segregation. 

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Join us this week as we speak with Representative Donna Bullock, a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 195th Legislative District, which includes parts of North and West Philadelphia.

Representative Bullock is an attorney, mother, wife, and a tireless public servant, who is committed to supporting working families through legislative initiatives that fund public education, create jobs, and build health...

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This episode we are joined by the Women’s Resource Center to learn about a project they did looking at the state of teen dating violence (TDV) policies in public school districts. Listen now to learn how you can utilize the scorecard they created to improve TDV policies in your own schools!

 

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  • The State of Dating Violence Policies in Public Schools Districts in PA’s Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties
  • Report Summary
  • Wo...
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    In this episode, we are joined by three experts who share with us the role of Children's Advocacy Centers (CAC) and debunk some myths about what a child medical exam is actually like. We also discuss the importance of collaboration between rape crisis centers and CACs, and how this process can benefit child survivors and their families.

    To report suspected child abuse in PA, call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

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    December 16, 2021 29 min

    Episode Description: This episode we are joined by members of the State Leadership Team (SLT) to learn more about the Pennsylvania Prevention State Action Plan. The SLT is a multi-disciplinary action team that works to prevent intimate partner violence across the Commonwealth.

     

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  • PCADV Prevention State Action Plan
  • PCADV's Prevention Statewide Leadership Team Releases Bold Five-Year State Action Plan for Preventing ...
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    Episode Description: This episode we are joined by Gina McGrath, CEO and Founder of Consent Culture Initiative (CCI). Gina shares with us how CCI empowers folks to create cultures of consent, respect, and accountability -- and how you can get involved with their Consent Action Team!

     

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  • Consent Culture Initiative, prevention education and harm reduction 
  • Join the Consent Action Team 
  • Calling In the Calling Out Culture: D...
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    Episode Description: This episode we are joined by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) to learn how they help people access medical assistance. PHLP is a statewide, nonprofit legal organization devoted to helping low-income folks, people with disabilities, the immigrant community, and survivors of crime gain access to public health coverage and services.

     

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  • Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Call the Helpline (1-80...
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    Episode Description: This episode we are joined by Rovaughna Richardson, an international ministries missionary and social worker, who shares with us the work she is doing in Ghana with young women who have been victims of a cultural practice called Trokosi, a form of human trafficking.

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    Learn More:

  • RovaughnaRichardson.com
  • Rovaughna Richardson: Quest to Heal Victims of Trokosi
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    October 20, 2021 14 min

    When the conversation turns to legislation, public policy, or politics, do you ever feel like you’re out of the loop? Or maybe you’re a real news junkie and would love to learn more about the policies that affect survivors and the sexual violence advocacy community? With Policy in Focus, we’ve got you covered! Tune in to our pilot episode, where PCAR’s Policy Director, Donna Greco, and Policy and Communications Specialist, Kelsey M...

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    This episode we are joined by PCAR & NSVRC staff who share with us their experiences training on trans cultural humility and how we can be part of the solution to end transphobia.

    Learn More:

  • Pronouns: A Guide from GLSEN
  • Gender Unicorn - TSER
  • A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth – The Trevor Project
  • Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: Recommended Policies and Practices
  • Transcript of this episode
  • Reach ou...
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    September 15, 2021 25 min

    This episode we learn about how the practice of mindfulness can be used as a prevention strategy. We are joined by Brittany Leach from Women In Need, who tells us about Mindful Beings, a new program that helps teachers implement mindfulness practices into the classroom and daily routine in order to increase self-awareness, reduce conflict, and prevent violence.

  • Women In Need, Inc. - Franklin & Fulton County, Pennsylvania 
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    This episode we are joined by Sarah McPherson, Program Manager at End Rape on Campus, to learn about three of their new projects: Speaker Series, Campus Accountability Map, and Student Survivor Caucus. Listen now to learn how you can get involved!

    Links:

  • End Rape on Campus (EROC) 
  • Centering the Margins Framework 
  • Speaker Series
  • Double Red Zone
  • The Hunting Ground documentary
  • Follow EROC on Social Media - Facebook, Instagram & Twitt...
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    This episode we are joined by PCAR staff attorneys to learn about a recent U.S. Supreme Court Case, Mahanoy City School District vs. B.L., and how this decision about student speech might affect survivors.

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  • Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project (SVLAP)
  • SCOTUS decision
  • ACLU - Supreme Court Rules to Protect Students’ Full Free Speech Rights
  • Safe2Say Something
  • StopBullying.gov - Get Help
  • Transcript of this episode
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    This episode we are joined by LaQuisha Anthony from V.O.I.C.E and WOAR. LaQuisha was one of our keynote speakers at PCAR’s 2021 virtual conference, and is the recipient of the NSVRC’s 2021 Visionary Voice Award in Pennsylvania. LaQuisha helps us examine the intersections of sexual violence and oppression, how privilege shows up in our work, and what it can look like to be a change agent.

    To learn more about V.O.I.C.E, visit www.as...

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    This episode explores the connection between abuse of animals and abuse of humans. We are joined by Cathleen Palm from the Center for Children’s Justice, Amy Kaunas from the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, and Corporal Spada from the Pennsylvania State Police, who introduce us to the KeystoneLINK Coalition. 

     

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  • KeystoneLINK Coalition website
  • Animal Welfare Institute: Safe Havens Mapping Project
  • National Link Coalitio...
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    In this episode, we are joined by Certified Nurse Midwife Sameerah Shareef, who is also the Medical Director of Michigan State University Sexual Assault Healthcare Program. Sameerah shares with us her vast experience over the years and how midwives can support pregnant survivors.

    Learn more:

  • MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program 
  • Center for Survivors - Meet the Staff
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    As both PCAR and NSVRC’s podcasts approach the milestone of one year of recording and sharing episodes, we take listeners behind the scenes to discuss what it takes to launch a podcast and what we’ve learned through this process. Join us for our first joint episode!

     

    Learn more:

  • NSVRC’s Resource On the Go Podcast
  • Audacity Software
  • Podbean
  • Visit www.pcar.org/podcasts for show notes and transcripts.

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    During this episode, we hear from Danielle M. Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law. We learn about the role of Black women in the suffrage movement, how we can use history to better understand our world today, and action steps we can take in creating anti-racist institutions.

     

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  • Danielle M. Conway - Dickinson Law Faculty Profile
  • AALS’ Inaugural 2020 Impact Award
  • Law Deans Antira...
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    This episode we are joined by Dr. Phyllis Sharps from Johns Hopkins University. We learn about maternal and child health, and the effects of intimate partner violence on pregnant women, infants, and very young children. 

     

     

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