Advocate Voices

June 14, 2017Image: The surface of a pond, dark, with blurry reflections of trees as well as leaves and raindrops creating ripples
Posted by Alexandra

Depression After Trauma

By Luna, Youth Advocate WHAT IS DEPRESSION? Depression is a common but serious mood disorder caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can cause symptoms that can be severe that affect how we feel, think, and handle daily activities.
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October 31, 2016Image: A teal ribbon on a black and white background with text that reads "NSAC 2016: hopeful future, honored past"
Posted by Alexandra

IowaARCh at NSAC

By Ray, ARCh Advocate When I first learned that I would be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the National Sexual Assault Conference (August 30-September 2, 2016), I was both excited and a bit anxious. Having only been working in sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy for a short time, I had no idea what to expect.
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August 30, 2016Image: Audre Lorde with the quote "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
Posted by Cyan

Self Care as a Radical Act

By Cyan, ARCh Advocate Too often are we faced with little to no time to take care of ourselves. In a capitalist society, we are urged to value and prioritize the amount of laboring we spend in our jobs, over nurturing our bodies and minds throughout the weeks.
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July 20, 2016Image: A mother & daughter smiling into the camera
Posted by Alexandra

For Adults Supporting Teens

By Mikko, Youth Advocate Families, friends, and loved ones, If you struggle with communicating to a teenager who has been through traumatic situations, there are several things to consider when trying to reach out. As a teenager, I have observed situations where adults were not as supportive as they could have been, or even seemed to give up on being supportive because they did not know how.
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July 11, 2016Image: Two people stand on a pier facing a body of water, backlit by the sunset on the horizon. One person is embracing the other.
Posted by Alexandra

Know How to Help

By Ray, ARCh Advocate It can be extremely difficult dealing with the impact of domestic violence and sexual abuse. People that find themselves in an abusive relationship often deal with more than just physical/sexual abuse. There may be emotional, economic, and psychological abuse factors that can prevent someone from finding the strength and courage to remove themselves from abusive relationships.
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June 24, 2016Image: A young person sits on the ground of a shadowy tunnel in the fetal position
Posted by Alexandra

Running Away

By Terra, Youth Advocate Running away seems like an easy fix to all of the problems teens face at home. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. There is a national epidemic of runaways in the United States.
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April 29, 2016Image: A close-up of a rusty chain around a gate or fence
Posted by Alexandra

Child Labor and Trafficking: 10 Facts that Shocked Me

By Mikko, Youth Advocate There are many youth who want to work in the United States, and many who have to work in order to support their families. But where do we draw the line? Child labor in the U.S. has existed through much of the country’s history, but it became a bigger danger during the Industrial Revolution.
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April 15, 2016Image: A black-and-white photo of a person with dark shoulder-length hair sitting on a staircase with their arms crossed. Their face is not visible.
Posted by Alexandra

Suicide in Iowa

By Ray, ARCh Advocate  Iowa Suicide Statistics for 2016 Courtesy of afsp.org. Local TV news station KCCI recently aired a story by Laura Terrell that dealt with the suicide of 18 year old Iowa teen Drew Lienemann, a four star high school athlete and an active participant in his local church.
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March 24, 2016Image: A close-up of two older people holding hands
Posted by Alexandra

Elder Abuse

By Danna & Nina, ARCh Advocates Danna: Nina and I decided to come together to increase awareness about elder abuse. As we discussed and read statistics that we found on the NCEA (National Center on Elder Abuse) website, we were appalled by the amount of abuse that is not recognized by mainstream service providers.
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March 3, 2016
Posted by Alexandra

Sexual & Domestic Violence Against Men & Boys

By Brittney, Youth Advocate Many people fail to  realize that men and boys can be abused sexually, emotionally, financially, and physically. In many cases, people believe that a man is safe because he can overpower others. This is a harmful assumption that can put boys, men, and their loved ones in danger.
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February 17, 2016Image: the top of a barbed wire fence
Posted by Alexandra

Violence Against Women in Prison

By Mikko, Youth Advocate More often than not, people dismiss cases of sexual assault in prison, especially when it involves women. Sexual assault in prison is often seen as just part of the punishment, especially for male inmates. Many times these cases are swept under the rug, especially if they involve correctional officers or other members of the prison staff
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December 14, 2015
Posted by Mira

Welcome ARCh Staff!

We would like to welcome our 6 new advocates, who will be available to chat in January. We are so excited to work and learn with you! — ARCh & Monsoon staff
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