By, Buckaroo Radio & News
Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS) has partnered with Reno Aces for an amazing fundraising night September 3rd. The Reno Aces are taking on the Albuquerque Isotopes at 6:00 pm. The WDVS is offering tickets to the game and a portion of those tickets will benefit the WDVS. The tickets, which cost $20 and include a Reno Aces ball cap, are for reserved seating in the left field. A commitment of fifty tickets has been made but Adrienne Openlander of Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services hopes to break that commitment by selling even more than those 50. Tickets can be purchased, with cash or check, at 50 Melarkey Street or call 625-1313 and the staff at WDVS will deliver the tickets. There is no limit to the number of tickets that one person can purchase. Openlander is expecting a fun evening and invites everyone to join in. According to Openlander, Alex Strathern, of the Reno Aces, has been instrumental in bringing this opportunity to Winnemucca. For further information, contact the WDVS or Strathern at (775) 334-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winnemucca Mayor’s Ball will be October 13th and is a semi-formal event. This will be the fourth anniversary of the event. Some items that will be up for bid this year include two gourmet dinner tickets on the Napa Wine Train, Boise State University has donated two tickets to the BSU versus UNR, the University of Nevada Reno has donated four tickets to their game against San Jose. The event will be at the Convention Center with a catered dinner and a DJ. All proceeds will benefit victims and survivors in Humboldt County. Tickets will be $30 per person, $60 for a couple, and $300 for a table of eight and will go on sale around the end of September.
Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services was officially founded in 2003 by a group of concerned citizens. After Federal recognition of the non-profit in 2003 the organization has grown every year. It is one of the few Nevada non-profits that has received perfect scores during grant, State, and National audits and has served as a model for other programs. An average of 300 people benefit from WDVS every year. Since Winnemucca sits on the nexus of two major travel lanes, and Las Vegas is the hub of Human Trafficking, WDVS has recently expanded it’s role to include victims of trafficking, as well as sexual and domestic violence. The WDVS is currently trying to discover methods to help with housing needs to help people who need assistance leaving a bad situation. WDVS is also one of the few shelters on the west coast that accept and house males.
The summer season is the busiest time of year for the WDVS. More people need help while the weather is hot, when people are socializing and interacting more. When people come to WDVS people recognize that there is a problem, even though they may not be ready to leave. It is when fights escalate from disagreements to tearing down of a person’s emotional and mental well-being. These people are seeking a way “out”, some are ready to leave then. Openlander states, “We do not force anybody to do anything they are not comfortable with, they have to come to us and let us know what they want to do and we help them find the resources they are ready for.” Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services is ready to help, the offices at 50 Melarkey Street are open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, or call (775) 625-1313. The “hotline” is open 24 hours a day, (775) 421-1028.
By, Tiffany Stickney
Founded in 2003 by a group of local concerned citizens, the Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS) organization has continued to expand and become a proven successful non-profit program benefitting Humboldt and the surrounding counties. On call advocates are available 24/7 to help get an abuse victim to a safe environment, apply for a protection order or transport sexual assault victims to Reno for an exam. WDVS does not stop there, recovery and re-establishing a future are just as important as crisis intervention. Staff works one on one with participants to discuss the available options through WDVS, other local resources, state and federal programs. Options are presented to them on housing, education, mental health treatments, finances, job opportunities and care for their children. It is our staff’s goal to inspire feelings of safety and strength within our participants when their world has been turned upside down. A success for us is when a participant sees themselves as a survivor and feels empowered and confident in their decisions and the steps before them look attainable and joyful.
WDVS receives funds from the State of Nevada, Department of Child and Family Services, the Attorney General’s Office and the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. In addition, WDVS is financially supported by local Corporations and their employees such as Newmont, NV Energy and Barrick as well as local organizations such as Nevada Muley’s, Bengoa Eye Center, Bella Grazia, Scrap DV and several supportive individuals within our County. Approximately one third of our budget is secured through local support. This shows commitment and passion within our community and sustainability within WDVS. These funds are used to provide emergency housing, short-term housing, deposits on permanent housing, individual counseling, food, gas, child care and relocation costs. Furthermore, these funds assist with expenses incurred when securing ID’s and legal documents that have been destroyed or lost during the abuse but are necessary to secure employment or insurance benefits.
WDVS staff is dedicated and steadfast to its mission and goals. The organization has received several awards lately including the “Open Heart Award” from the Alliance for Victims’ Rights, as well as Senatorial Recognition and Congressional Recognition for “Outstanding Agency”. Within the last year, WDVS has been the only agency to receive a perfect score from the state on its Audit and Financial Reviews in Nevada. WDVS also continues to be an organization chosen to implement different pilot programs initiated by the state and national institutes. We do this to ensure that our participants are receiving the most current and comprehensive services available to them. Our directors often times will assist other programs in streamlining their policies and procedures and offering advice and encouragement in their development. WDVS is proud of its staff, volunteers and the members of the Board who support them.
By, Adrienne Openlander
Just recently, as in hours ago, I learned of a new term for a sexual trend making its way into headlines. “Stealthing” is new to me and may be new to you or maybe not. The term stealth can be defined by Webster’s Dictionary as secret, clandestine or surreptitious behavior. Stealthing can be defined by the Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia as the removal of a condom during intercourse without consent of the partner. This is after an agreement has been made for the use of a condom.
Articles on stealthing can be found with USA Today, CNN, CBS News, Women’s Health and several magazines and publications in England and Australia. This is not a new practice and it isn’t strictly an issue about removal of a condom. As this terrible practice becomes a trend, sites such as condomdepot.com, speak of strategic damage of contraceptives during use. Damage of contraceptive use can have emotional, physical and financial effects.
Since the publishing of Alexandra Brodsky’s paper, in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, a discussion has been ignited. She interviewed numerous women who’ve been victims of stealthing. All these women considered this a form of sexual assault. Her paper calls this a rape adjacent crime violating consent. Currently, there is no law or definition in sexual assault legal language on stealthing or contraceptive tampering. Some experts think the law should focus more on the consequence of these actions.
Wisconsin representative Melissa Sargent and California assembly member Cristina Garcia have presented a bill, LRB-3346, for the expansion of sexual assault definition. They are looking to focus on consent and classifying the willful removal of a condom. Representative Melissa Sargent tweeted, “The issue isn’t whether or not ‘stealthing’ is happening, it’s whether or not we’re going to do something about it.” England is equating stealthing to rape without legal precedent. A Swiss court convicted a man, who deliberately removed his condom, with defilement instead of rape.
During the process of learning about stealthing and the discussions around this topic we see it is not a new topic. Contraceptive tampering has been a conversation or issue for many. Is this any different than the poking of holes in condoms? Is this different then hiding a person’s birth control or removing their NuvaRing? The removal of contraceptive devices without the consent of another is a violation of their reproductive right. Alexandra Brodsky did her research and found forums on social media where men, who used the stealthing method, bragged about it. Those accused called it “their right to spread their seed”. One man interviewed in an Australian magazine admitted to doing it with every partner and had only been caught once. Brodsky cites this trend as a support in an ideology of male supremacy. Social media forums for stealthing encourage and educate on ways perform the action. This trend is impacting both straight and gay communities.
Tips to minimize stealthing: