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What does it mean to be a woman? Let us know what you think.

March 5, 2012

Men Can Stop Rape talks about the “dominant story of masculinity,” that limits society’s expectations of what it means to be a man, and which can invalidate and diminish men who identify with alternative ways of expressing their masculinity.  Traditionally, power and strength define masculinity—these are the attributes of a “real man.”  Men Can Stop Rape works with men to deconstruct harmful notions of power and strength and rebuild them as assets for preventing violence.

 So, if the dominant story of masculinity is one of power and strength, what is the dominant story of femininity? What does society tell us it means to be a woman? What are the attributes of a “real woman” in the dominant story? What do you think?


Envision Williamsburg Coalition Meeting Tonight!

December 20, 2011

Please join us for the montly Envision Williamsburg coalition meeting to find out about our current work, and help plan future prevention efforts. Tonight’s meeting will be held from 5:45 – 7:45 at the Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg Branch (240 Division Avenue, between Rodney & Marcy). For more information please write to:

TONIGHT: 8th Sound Wave Benefit for Project Envision

November 30, 2011

ImagePlease join us tonight for a benefit for Project Envision Williamsburg. The wonderful folks at Permanent Wave, an NYC based grassroots feminst collective, have organized what promises to be a night filled with great music and lots of fun, all to benefit our coalition. You’ll also have a chance to find out a bit more about Project Envision, our recent work and chat with us about how YOU envision anti-violence work in Williamsburg taking shape in the future. Hope to see you tonight at Death By Audio (49 S. 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY), doors at 8. $7.

End Street Harassment with Project Envision, Hollaback and Feministing!

September 19, 2010

Street Harassment

September 7, 2010

Street Harassment.

Not much to say here, as I think the comic nails it right on the head. The only thing I would add, is that my experience of verbal sexual harassment has never really been as extreme. It’s the “Hey, Mami” and “God bless you” and “That’s niiiiiice” and etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum. And it’s just as damaging and rage producing and not an unchangeable part of living as a non-cisgendered male.

To the harassers out there who haven’t stretched their human empathy to the person they are assaulting, what makes you think that’s okay?

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Needs Rape Crisis Advocates!

August 27, 2010

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Become a New York State Certified

Rape Crisis Advocate!


The Violence Intervention and Treatment Program at WHMC is the only hospital-based rape crisis volunteer advocate program in Brooklyn. If you are interested in receiving specialized training and providing much needed services as part of a dynamic and rapidly growing program, please join us!

PROGRAM Violence Intervention and Treatment Program

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

Brooklyn, NY 11237

DESCRIPTION Volunteers attend a 40-hour training on sexual violence. Upon completion, volunteers are certified Advocates who sign up for scheduled shifts to respond to the WHMC Emergency Department when a Patient reports sexual assault.
VOLUNTEER TITLE Rape Crisis Advocate
RESPONSIBILITIES Services are not limited to, but include, the following:

–         Volunteers sign up for two regular overnight or weekend shifts per month The Volunteer Advocate is responsible for being reachable and available during their assigned shifts

–         Provide immediate emotional support and crisis counseling for survivors of sexual assault and their family, partners, or friends

–         Explain medical procedures and legal options

–         If Pt. prefers, attend the medical exam and forensic evidence collection

–         Act as a liaison and advocate with hospital staff and criminal justice personnel on behalf of the survivor

–         Provide information and referrals, including follow-up care with VITP

–         Facilitate Patient’s comfort during ED visit, and help to arrange for clean clothes and transportation upon discharge

–         Complete Advocate Report Form to clearly communicate your perspective on Pt.’s ED visit to VITP Program Coordinator

–         Promptly follow-up with VITP Program Coordinator for Supervision during or following a case

–         Attendance at Monthly Advocate Supervision and Training meetings is mandatory. Advocate meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month

QUALIFICATIONS: –         Application and interview required

–         Volunteers must be 18 years old or over

–         Completion of 40-hour training

–         Commitment to attending Volunteer meetings

–         Volunteers must have access to public or private transportation in order to respond to the ED within 30 minutes of being paged/called

–         Commitment, dependability, an open mind, and ability to work independently as well as part of a team

LOCATION Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

374 Stockholm Street

Brooklyn, NY 11237

WORK HOURS Shifts: Weekdays 5pm to 9am, and Saturday, Sunday, and some holidays 9am-9pm and 9pm-9am.
LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT A year long commitment is required; however, a longer commitment is preferred


For application and interviewing process contact:

Deesha Narichania

Violence Intervention and Treatment Program

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

374 Stockholm Street

Brooklyn, NY

Tel.: 718-906-3857

Fax: 718-302-8544



August 17, 2010

Our friends in Staten Island are looking for new Rape Crisis Advocates. If you live on Staten Island (or know someone who does), consider applying and/or passing this along to people you think would be a good fit.

Become a NY Certified Rape Crisis Advocate
Borough – Staten Island

Program Description

VOLUNTEERS attend a 40-hour comprehensive training starting Fall 2010 revolving around numerous aspects of sexual assault.  Upon completion, volunteers become advocates who respond to pages from local hospital emergency departments when a rape has occurred.

The following services are provided, but not limited to:

  • · Immediate emotional support for survivors and secondary survivors
  • · An explanation of medical procedures
  • · Attendance during the medical exam and the collection for the Forensic Evidence Kit
  • · Act as a liaison and advocate with hospital staff and criminal justice personnel on behalf of the survivor
  • · Information and referrals, including follow-up care with the Rape Crisis Program
  • · Provide clothing, undergarments, personal hygiene articles, and transportation.
  • · Bimonthly supervision and training in order to


  • ·Application and interview required
  • ·Volunteers must be 18 or over
  • ·Volunteers must have access to adequate

Transportation in order to respond in a timely fashion- Must live on Staten Island

  • ·Must Attend a comprehensive 40-hour training

Staten Island Community Programs
30 Bay Street , 5th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

Volunteer Hours:
Shifts: Sunday-Thursday 5 PM-9 AM or
Friday and Saturdays 5PM- 5PM (24 hours shifts)

Length of Assignment:
A year long commitment is required however, a longer commitment is preferred

How to Apply for this Position:
For application and interviewing process contact
Amy Edelstein
Staten Island Community Programs
30 Bay Street
5th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Tel.: 718-720-2591 EXT. 17
Fax: 718-442-2913