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).

Episodes

May 6, 2024 21 mins

In this episode, we're joined by Jaime Cypher, PCAR's Children's Advocacy Coordinator, to discuss stalking. Listen along as Jaime discusses what stalking is, shares a recent experience of stalking after an event, and how bystanders can help and support when we see stalking happen. 

 

https://www.stopstalkingus.com/     https://defendyourself.org/      https://www.stalkingawareness.org/stalking-brochure/      https://www.stalkingawa...

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This episode we are joined by Marli Mayon, Training Projects Coordinator at PCAR, to learn about doulas. Marli tells us what doulas are, the different types of doulas, and how they can provide a trauma informed approach to the birthing experience. Marli also discusses the connect between doulas, reproductive justice, and the sexual violence movement. 

 

DONA International -- https://www.dona.org/ and Dauphin County Doulas -- https:...

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This episode we are joined by Marli Mayon, Training Projects Coordinator at PCAR. Marli discusses the history of reproductive justice, how it connects to the sexual violence movement, and ways people can promote and handle pushback about reproductive justice. Marli also provides listeners with resources to learn more. 

 

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Sister Song -- https://www.sistersong.net/  

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy E. Roberts -- https://...

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March 21, 2023 12 mins

In this episode, we discuss victim blaming, how this impacts survivors of sexual violence, and why people victim blame. We also discuss what selective compassion is and how this relates to the work we do with victims of sexual violence. We discuss how victim blaming and selective compassion are harmful and how we can do better.

To find a local rape crisis center in PA, call 1-888-772-7227 or visit https://pcar.org/help-pa/locations

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In this two-part episode, we talk with Tina Lopes and Barb Thomas, the authors of Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations. Tina and Barb highlight how to utilize and improve organizational assessments to measure anti-racism efforts in non-profit and anti-sexual violence organizations.

 

You can learn more about Tina and the book at tinalopes.com. Other works from Barb can be found through Between the Lines Publi...

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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 h...

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February 23, 2022 10 mins

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 healthy...

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January 20, 2022 29 mins

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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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 mins

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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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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November 18, 2021 15 mins

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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November 3, 2021 37 mins

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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October 20, 2021 14 mins

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.

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September 16, 2021 25 mins

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.

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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!

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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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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.asu...

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