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January is ‘Stalking Awareness Month’

January 2019 is the 15th annual National Stalking Awareness Month. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), 16% of women and 5% of men experienced stalking in their lifetime.

Stalking is a type of Domestic Violence, it can happen between strangers, friends, or people in relationships. Stalking is repeated harassment that causes terror. Examples of stalking are;
· Unwanted phone calls
· Unwanted letters
· Unwanted text
· Unwanted emails and messages through all platforms
· Unwanted gifts
· Unwanted visits
· Unknowingly waiting inside or outside buildings 
· Unknowingly watching from afar
· Unapproved contact with friends or family

Stalking makes people afraid for their safety, never minimize some one’s concern about being stalked. If you know someone who is being stalked or someone is stalking you, Our Deaf Survivors Center can help. Stalking is illegal in all 50 states and protection orders are available in all of them through the court system.

Contact ODSC at

Keep everyone SAFE!
VP: 978-451-7225 
Available M, W, F 10:00 AM-2:00PM


In 2015 President Barack Obama announced February to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

- 1 out of 3 teens age 13-18 are abused by their partners
- The teenage victims are likely to become adult victims again
- The teenage abusers are likely to become abusers as adults

Teenagers need positive adult discussion about healthy and safe relationships.

If a teenager is afraid to discuss partner violence with their parents, they can text peer advocate through the national domestic violence hotline by texting LOVEIS TO 22522.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: You can call whichever is good for you. See phone numbers below:

1-855-812-1001(Video Phone) 
1-800-799-7233(Voice) - can go through VRS
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Contact the Cultural Broker at ODSC for more information at: VP: 978-451-7225 
Cell/Voice: 978-473-2678 
Available M, W, F 10:00 AM-2:00PM

For more information about "Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

March - Interview with Board Member, Terry


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month











Since 2001, April is Sexual Assault awareness month, the symbol is a teal ribbon

Interested in the history? Check this link


What is the goal of sexual assault awareness?  To stop sexual assaults from happening by changing behaviors and encouraging respect.

What can you do to prevent Sexual assaults?

1.  Consent: Always discuss and agree to sex or sexual activity before going ahead

2.  Be an active bystander:  Meaning in public support victims when witnessing not appropriate behavior in public. Do not be passive, that gives power the abuser

3.  Have healthy sexual discussions, Rape is never a joke.


Why do we need a sexual assault awareness month? Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that 1 out of 6 women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. RAINN also reports of every 1000 rapes, 995 perpetrators will NOT go to jail or prison.


If a friend who has been raped ask you for support, do not try to convince them to contact the police, that the victims choice. Focus on their health and recovery.  

  • The victim can go to any hospital, and not report the rape to the police

  • Evidence of rape can be collected up to 5 days after the rape

  • A rape kit can be stored for 6 months while you decide to report to the police or not.

  • Testing for date rape drugs can be done from 24-72 hours after the assault

  • Medications to prevent STD and pregnancy need to be started within 72 hours

If you are in DANGER OR FEEL NOT SAFE - CALL 9-1-1 NOW

Need assistance or need ore information? - Contact ODSC Cultural Broker, 978-451-7225 (VP); 978-473-2678 (TEXT);  Available days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



vlog by Sara Dugas


Hi I’m Sara Dugas. I’m curious, are you aware with what’s happening when you’re stressed? And while you keep on going with life, experiencing stress at its extreme? Have you become sick or experienced health challenges? And that could become chronic? It has happened to me.

April is National Stress Awareness month. ODSC has invited me to guest-vlog about how we manage stress in our everyday life.

Too often we go on with our lives feeling stressed and not realizing it...until we crash. Do you know what your stress look like? What do your stress look like?

I encourage that you to take the time to notice with what’s going on when you experience stress.

When you know what your stress look like, then you can develop a plan.

This is critical to avoid crashing and/or becoming sick.

Sometimes when stress becomes too much, we turn to unhealthy ways to manage stress symptoms.

How can we manage stress in a healthy way?

Stress is unavoidable, it’s part of human experience. It is important to become more aware of what is “healthy” stress vs “unhealthy” stress.

This is also important part of this awareness as you develop your own plan to manage your stresses.

For me, I have a plan for when I become stressed.. I self-practice my time with yoga and meditation.

Take time to list the stress symptoms you experience: physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Few examples of stress symptoms could include the following: sleepless nights, not taking care of self’s own needs like eating and drinking water,

Communicate with your supporters such as your doctors, families, and friends. Let them know you’d want them to remind you to take the time to do stress-free things such as going for a walk. Build a good plan. There’s many wonderful ways to de-stress like, an all time favorite…Yoga and Meditation :)

Yoga and Meditation: this purpose to take time to PAUSE. You have the power to do that for yourself! Take time to check in with yourself. Observe with what’s going on with you right now in your inner-world. Too often we forget to breath. When we experience stress, we tend not to breathe and have enough oxygen for the brian and then the body become stiff and tight during time of stress.

At the very moment we notice stress happening, we must familiarize with it for next time and invite our support tools including breathing practice. Allow it to be easy.  

The more you know what’s causing you to feel stressed out, the more you develop a deep compassion with yourself.

Stress happens! Keep it a center point that it is all about giving yourself a permission (self-empowered) to develop a good plan to manage the stresses in your life.



On April 24, 2019, millions of people across the world will wear jeans to support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence.

Why denim? In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court blamed a rape survivor for wearing tight jeans. The court said she must have helped her rapist remove her pants---meaning that she agreed to sex. The following day, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.  
Around the world women are blamed for being raped for many reasons, including what they wore, where they were, or what they might have done. How the women dress up help to make the rape happening. It is not true.


There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape.

For over 20 years, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against old and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault, and rape.

On April 24th, help us take a stand against sexual violence by wearing jeans!

To learn more about denim day, check out:
Use hashtag #denimday

Show your support in ending Sexual Assault by joining us on Denim Day!!

Share your photos on Facebook and Twitter and tag us. 

Use the hashtags: #ODSCunity #Denimday #ODSC #DenimDayODSC

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