WEAVE strives to educate the community, victims, survivors, family and friends about not only the services we provide but why we do the work we do. Below are links to various topics to help educate the community and to help others be a part of the solution that does not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assault.
Did you know that more than half of school-age children staying in domestic violence shelters—like WEAVE’s Safehouse—show clinical levels of anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder?
Without treatment, these children are at risk for suicide, school drop-out, and repeating the cycle of violence.
WEAVE gave me resources, but most importantly WEAVE gave me the confidence and the knowledge. I had a chance to break the cycle.
I came alone and I’m leaving with a handful of friends. I’m gonna miss everyone of you and I wish you the best to all.
WEAVE encourages our community to take ACTION against domestic violence. This includes when you suspect a friend, family member or co-worker is experiencing domestic violence.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
Sexual assault is not only rape; it is also any unwanted sexual activity. Even if you have said “yes” to sex with the person before, or you are in a relationship, no one has the right to have sex with you or pressure you into doing things you do not want to do. Any time you do not say “yes” to a sex act, it is sexual assault.
Sexual Assault survivors may have lots of questions. Here are a few of some of the most common questions we receive.
If you or someone you know needs help, we are here.
A healthy relationship does not include one partner requiring the other to have sex with others. If you, or a friend, want more information, there is a website with information just for you. Go to www.yourcleanslate.org.
There is No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute
Minors engaged in commercial sex are victims of sex trafficking and child sexual abuse. Any effort to minimize their experience or shift responsibility to the child is wrong and intolerable.
Facts about LGBTQ Domestic Violence
- Nearly 1 in 3 lesbian women, 1 in 2 bisexual women, and 1 in 4 heterosexual women has experienced at least one form of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
No matter the gender of either party in a relationship, many dynamics of abuse are the same. An abusive relationship is fueled by the desire of the abuser to have power and control over their partner. The abuser uses different types of abuse, including: physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and spiritual.
There are many myths and stereotypes about sexual assault. But when you add in myths and prejudices about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) people, a survivor faces even more misconceptions.
As summer winds down, many of you are sending a child off to college. Whether it is your own child or a youth you care about, your emotions are likely mixed. Sexual assault is part of the college experience for too many youth with 23% of females and 5% of males experiencing sexual assault during their college years.
WEAVE’s Teen Education Program provides presentations in middle schools, high schools, and various teen groups in Sacramento County. The program educates youth between 12 and 18 years old about dating and sexual violence.
As WEAVE’s name has become increasingly familiar in the community, requests for our presence at fairs has increased as well. We are grateful that so many organizations value WEAVE’s participation.
WEAVE was one of several charity beneficiaries who received donated appliances thanks to Woodside Homes. WEAVE received a donation of two ranges and a washer that are empowering survivors in our Safehouse program to prepare healthy meals and enable them to establish a routine around meals and family chores. Our ability to maintain quality appliances is essential to creating a safe and welcoming environment for survivors. Read the full press release here.
WEAVE’s beginning — before incorporation documents were even filed — can be traced back to the need for safe shelter. Three Latina survivors who had escaped their own violent marriages offered their own homes as refuge. An informal network of other allies emerged until WEAVE’s incorporation in 1978 and the opening of the county’s first domestic violence shelter, with funding from the County of Sacramento.
We cannot do this alone.