March Newsletter

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March E-Newsletter

Save the Dates!

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Our First Support Cafe was a huge success! This monthly event is designed to be a support group for parents, families and friends with LGBTQ+ loved ones. The participants were able to meet with others to share experiences and mutual support. This group is open to all and will be held every first Wednesday of the month at the Handlebar Cafe at 15 Washington Street until June.

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Chalk about Love

Chalk About Love is an opportunity to create a dating abuse awareness event with a pop of color and art! Even a temporary message of hope can mean the world to someone seeking support. A Safe Place Advocate, Frejae Burrows, facilitated a group of Nantucket High School students to express their views on Dating Abuse in hopes to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence.

March is White Ribbon Month

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In 2007 Jane Doe, Inc., the MA Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, joined the international human rights effort to join men and boys to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all forms of gender-based violence. Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, and partnerships, the MA White Ribbon Campaign challenges negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspires men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change. A Safe Place would like to invite anyone who shares the values and vision of this campaign to make your commitment known by adding your name to the MA White Ribbon Day Pledge at the following link:  Button

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Elizabeth Smart reveals why she created “Smart Defense”   

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A Safe Place is joining in on Elizabeth Smart’s idea in providing more self defense training opportunities for everyone! Our Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Kerry Bridges, will be attending a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic Self Defense Instructor Course March 18th-20th in Worcester, MA. The RAD Instructor Course is designed for those who wish to be certified in the RAD System’s Basic Physical Defense Program. After becoming certified, Kerry will then offer the course to the Nantucket community. The course will include discussions and self-defense techniques suitable for women and men of all ages and abilities. Please email kerry@asafeplacenantucket.org or call #508-228-0561 to receive more information regarding self-defense opportunities. 

Fact of the Month!

Did you know?

Massachusetts General Law c. 111, § 70E codifies the rights of female rape victims of childbearing age to receive timely access to EC in the Emergency Department (ED). To comply with this law, acute care hospitals must provide this legislatively-mandated fact sheet prepared by the Commissioner of Public Health to all ED staff that provide care to female rape victims of childbearing age who present to the ED (survivors) and fulfill all of the requirements described herein.

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