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Knitting for Charity Recognizes TOC

Knitting for Charity Recognizes TOC

Threads of Compassion

Threads of Compassion is a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

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We are very honored to have been chosen as a featured charity in this week’s issue of Knitting Nuggets for Make a Difference Monday.

Today is Make a Difference Monday… 

Today’s featured knitting charity has been in existence since 2005, but until quite recently I had not known about it. A friend of mine drew my attention to its newest Boston chapter, whereupon I discovered that it has chapters all over the United States, as well as one in Canada. 

Sexual violence is a heartbreaking phenomenon that, perhaps more than any crime, frequently leaves its victims feeling alone, ashamed, even unloved. The statistics are staggering: over 200,000 Americans are victimized by sexual violence every year. And according to the Justice Department, 60 percent of all sexual assaults are never reported.

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The Dark Figure of Unreported Crime

The Dark Figure of Unreported Crime

Threads of Compassion

Threads of Compassion is a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

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I’ve been reading some posts and articles lately about how difficult it is to correctly number the amount of rapes in a country due to so many unreported assaults. Think of places like the Congo, where you can pretty much assume if a woman or young girl is still alive, they’ve most likely been raped. And now India is reporting extremely high numbers of rapes:

 

Recent media reports of horrific rapes in India depict a country where every woman is in danger of being assaulted at any time. Official crime statistics tell a very different story.

 

Last year, there were 24,923 cases of rape in India, according to the government’s official statistics. That’s about two per 100,000 Indians. The per capita rate in the U.S. is more than 13 times higher.

 

According to criminologists, these surprising numbers are among many that suggest a need for, well, better numbers. Official figures include only crimes reported to police. What criminologists call the “dark figure” of unreported crime isn’t captured, and those missing incidents can greatly outnumber reported ones, especially for rape. The rate of underreporting can also vary sharply by country. And a nation that makes headway in encouraging more victims to come forward will appear, in its official stats, to have a worsening rape problem.

 

You can  read more of Carl Bialik’s articles here:

 

Statistics Shed Little Light on Rape Rates by Carl Bialik

 

Rape: the Darkest Dark Figure of Crime by Carl Bialik

What do you think can be done to make reporting rape safer for people?

~Tammy Perlmutter

 

Erin’s Law Making Its Way Across the US

Erin’s Law Making Its Way Across the US

Threads of Compassion

Threads of Compassion is a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

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Erin Merryn endured sexual abuse for four years of her childhood. She sought help at 13 and found it. Erin went on to become a child and family therapist, but quit a few years ago to take her cause across the country.

Erin Merryn believes all school-aged children should receive age-appropriate education on sexual abuse prevention and recovery.

The state of Illinois is the first to sign the mandate named Erin’s Law.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the mandate at the end of January. Erin is now touring the country advocating for the protection of children.

You can read the Chicago Tribune article here: Quinn Signs Sex-Abuse Education Mandate

You can visit Erin’s Law on Facebook.

Her website is here.

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Threads of Compassion is a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

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Threads of Compassion

Threads of Compassion is a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

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Last month, September, 2012, was the 7th anniversary of Thread of Compassion. We are celebrating this landmark occasion by launching this new website, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest profiles. We are so excited about this and hope you will become a part of what we are doing to reach out to sexual trauma and abuse survivors. Please leave a comment and let us know you were here!

 

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