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RST: PA Says NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault campaign

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 15, 2013 12:54 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Monday, September 16, 2013:

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You may seeing a distinctive teal-colored Zero around Pennsylvania.  It symbolizes no more tolerance for domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Zero is the logo for the PA Says NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault campaign.  According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, both crimes "remain largely hidden problems on the margins of public concern despite the fact that they affect millions of Americans."

Think about these statistics:

  • One in four women will experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes
  • One in six women are survivors of sexual assault
  • One in four women and one in six men were sexually abused before the age of 18

Appearing on Monday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss the PA Says NO MORE campaign are Peg Dierkers, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kristen Houser, Vice President of Communications, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and Rick Azzaro, Chief Services Officer for Victim Services Access- York/Victims Assistance Center, programs of the YWCA York.

Listen to the show:


Peg Dierkers, Rick Azzaro and Kristen Houser

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-16 08:28

    Nancy in Middletown emails:

    Would you please address verbally abusive behavior in the workplace, both towards men and women?

    Bullying in the workplace does not seem to be a recognized crime. The male guest's comments about patterns of power and control included "...demeaning and angry comments designed to prevent equality in the relationship." I recognize that the workplace is not about equality between boss - subordinate.

    Thank you.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-16 08:48

    Deborah in Hummelstown emails:

    I am a survivor of domestic violence. My ex-husband was an attorney. He moved to Lackawanna County and filed for spousal support. I attempted to contact the domestic relations department there to let them know that I had a valid PFA against him, and that I could not be held accountable for spousal support. They denied my request to dismiss the case, and I was obligated to travel to Lackawanna County to defend myself against the spousal support case.

    By that time, he had violated the PFA, but Lackawanna County refused to execute the arrest warrant against him because they didn't have a copy. They also refused to obtain a copy. Fortunately, the officer who had taken my complaint locally was available and sympathetic faxed a copy to Lackawanna County sheriffs, forcing them to execute the arrest warrant, but not before he sat for the support hearing.

    I appeared at the violation hearing and informed the attorneys that my ex-husband was an attorney, which, in my opinion, made the violation more egregious. They never informed the judge that he was an attorney.

    Will your organization work with government to have counties work more cooperatively.

    Thank you!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-16 08:49

    Alyson in York emails:

    Question for the panel today. How do you address cultural differences in your campaign? For example in certain cultures women are not seen as equal. So some behaviors we seen as negative; is normal to others and is a cultural normal.

  • Spike Spilker img 2013-09-16 10:49

    When is the soonest time the podcast will be available. There is someone in Pittsburgh who needs to hear this as soon as possible. Thanks.