Statement on the Leaked Roe v. Wade Decision
NCCASA, alongside the nation, has been processing the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that was released on Monday night. At NCCASA, we know that reproductive justice is essential to ending sexual violence, and the impacts of this pending decision will impact survivors across North Carolina and the nation. Advocates and survivors intimately know that intimate violence is centered in power and control and oftentimes, harm doers use reproductive choices, or lack thereof, against a survivor.
NCCASA believes that in order to end the cycle of power and control in violence cases, survivors must have options to seek personalized medical care, have a variety of healthcare options, and ultimately, the option to make their own reproductive choices. Limiting this access will disportionately impact marginalized communities, and could ultimately result in more harm and violence for survivors.
While the news about the potential Roe decision is upsetting, NCCASA wants to assure survivors that we are a resource. Currently, Roe stands. In North Carolina, abortion care is available, and there are resources for survivors needing access to reproductive care across the state.
Courtney Dunkerton, NCCASA Human Trafficking Program Coordinator
This month we have the opportunity to support survivors with mental health needs by raising awareness, fighting stigma, and supporting efforts that promote mental wellness. We can also provide greater access to information about hotlines, local mental health service providers and services that contribute to mental wellness. We can also support practices and policies within our organizations that promote mental wellness not only for survivors but also employees.
However, even with all the existing and emerging information on the prevalence and impact of mental illness, a great deal of stigma remains in our US culture. We have the opportunity to educate others in our collective networks and relationships that mental illness does not originate in individual choices or failures.
Understanding the prevalence of mental health needs is a way to reduce stigma around mental illness. Here are some numbers from The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s Infographics: Mental Health By the Numbers:
- 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness
- 1 in 20 US adults experience serious mental illness
- 17% of youth (6-17 years) experience a mental health disorder
- 1 in 5 young people report that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health
- 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have diagnosable mental health conditions
- About 2 in 5 people who are incarcerated have a history of mental illness
- 66% of women in prison reported having a history of mental illness
- Among incarcerated people with a mental health conditions, non-white individuals are moer liely to be held in solitary continemenst, be injured and stay longer in jail
- Overall suicide rate in the US has increased by 35% since 1999
- Suicide in the 10th leading cause of death in the US and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the US
Most importantly, we must center the significant mental health needs among marginalized communities:
- Latina immigrants meet the threshold for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis at nearly four times (34%) the rate of civilian women in America overall (9.7%)
- Research suggests that LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.
- Transgender youth have higher rates of depression, suicidality and self-harm, and eating disorders when compared with their peers.
- The following is from Black and African American Communities and Mental Health:
- Despite rates being less than the overall U.S. population, major depressive episodes increased from 9 percent-10.3 percent in Black and African American youth ages 12-17, 6.1 percent to 9.4 percent in young adults 18-25, and 5.7 percent to 6.3 percent in the 26-49 age range between 2015 and 2018.
- Black and African American people living below poverty are twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those living over 2x the poverty level.
- Adult Blacks and African Americans are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness than adult whites.
- Blacks and African Americans are less likely than white people to die from suicide at all ages.  However, Black and African American teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than White teenagers (9.8 percent v. 6.1 percent).
Survivors of sexual abuse need mental health support. The research from “Sexual abuse and lifetime diagnosis of psychiatric disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis.” Mayo Clinic proceedings vol. 85,7 (2010): 618-29, concludes that “a history of sexual abuse is associated with an increased risk of a lifetime diagnosis of multiple psychiatric disorders.” According to the research, these diagnoses included anxiety disorder, depression, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disorders, and suicide attempts.
Provide information on:
- Mental Health and Substance Use Crisis response by County https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mental-health-developmental-disabilities-and-substance-abuse/crisis-services
May is a great time to focus on creating more equitable access to resources and information that support wellness for the whole person. Mental health is a key part of that support.
Inscríbete en La Cumbre de Prevención Virtual, Conversaciones comunitarias sobre justicia social y de géneros. Acompáñanos durante dos sesiones virtuales el 18 y 23 de mayo para crear/refrescar nuestro ámbito de trabajo contra la opresión y para enumerar las causas fundamentales de la violencia sexual en nuestras comunidades. Para ello, contamos con líderes en este campo que incluyen a: Chimi Boyd-Keyes, Deena Fulton, Root Cause Collective, Minority Sex Report, y muchos más, y que nos ayudarán a pensar en formas de integrar nuestros esfuerzos de prevención y establecer colaboraciones comunitarias, a fin de prevenir toda forma de violencia contra todas las personas.
Haz clic aquí para ver la agenda y las descripciones de las sesiones. La cumbre es gratuita para los miembros de NCCASA, y $25 para los que no son miembros- haz clic aquí para inscribirte. La página de inscripción es en inglés. Haz clic en la palabra “Translate” (Traducir) en la esquina superior derecha y selecciona la opción "Spanish" (Español) de la lista desplegable para ver la versión en español.
Esta cumbre incluirá:
- 4 sesiones plenarias de grupos grandes
- 1 panel de debate
- Oportunidades para discusiones en grupos pequeños para fomentar la comprensión dentro y fuera del movimiento contra la violencia
- 10 horas de entrenamiento
- Sesiones opcionales de autocuidado
- Interpretación en ASL y español; subtítulos automáticos en vivo a través de Zoom
¡Haz clic aquí para inscribirte!
Registration is open for the 2022 Prevention Summit, Community Conversations on Racial and Gender Justice Collaborations. Our summit will be held virtually, over Zoom on May 18 & May 23. Join us to build/ refresh our anti-oppression framework and to name root causes of sexual violence in our communities. With guidance from leaders in this work, including Chimi Boyd-Keyes, Deena Fulton, the Root Cause Collective, Minority Sex Report, and more we’ll brainstorm ways to de-silo our prevention efforts and build community collaborations to prevent all forms of violence for all people.
Registrants can expect:
- 4 large group plenary sessions
- A panel discussion
- Opportunities for small group discussion & connection with people within and beyond the anti-violence movement
- Opportunity to receive up to 10 training hours
- Self care breakouts & on-call advocates
- ASL and Spanish language interpretation; live automated captions via Zoom
We look forward to being in community with you all! Click here to register!
NCCASA is happy to introduce our newly revised Sexual Assault Advocacy Fundamentals Course. This course is broken up into two parts and will provide 20 hours of training. If you are an advocate at a state recognized Rape Crisis Center, this training will provide you with the hours and skills needed to have advocate privilege. This training is open to anyone with membership. We have included resources, citations, a link to directly email NCCASA for technical assistance, self-care breaks and quiz's. This course is intended to replace Sexual Assault 101 and 102 webinar/in person trainings and the previously launched online module "Sexual Assault 101 Learning Course". We are so excited to offer this new opportunity to members to further their training and capacity and hope that you enjoy your experience. If you have any questions or technical issues, please contact Deanna Harrington at email@example.com. Click here to register.