By: Ann Kita – Director of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
Every year the YWCA Greater Flint recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness month in October. My hope for October 2019 is to reduce the number of people who blame a survivor for staying with their abusive partner. Supporting survivors of intimate partner violence/abuse has been the most rewarding type of work I have ever done. I offer the following advice when you encounter a family member, friends, co-worker, acquaintance, etc. who share that they are in an abusive relationship.
Be patient with yourself if you don’t understand.
Be polite (respectful to survivor’s decisions)
Be persistent for change.
By Dr. Michelle Rosynsky, CEO, YWCA Greater Flint
Let me start by saying that the YWCA Greater Flint always BELIEVES SURVIVORS of sexual assault. My colleagues and I have been pondering the outcome of a recent sexual assault case. A jury of mostly women unanimously agreed that despite the evidence presented, which included eyewitness testimony and camera footage, the accused was not guilty of sexual assault.