violence prevention http://michiganradio.org en Why we should talk about 'rape culture' on college campuses http://michiganradio.org/post/why-we-should-talk-about-rape-culture-college-campuses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When parents send their daughters off to college, they do so with their fingers tightly crossed that they will remain safe and sound.</p><p>As young women living on their own, a myriad of situations present themselves that could put women in dangerous situations, like walking home late at night and college parties.</p><p>Statistics from the Centers for Disease&nbsp; Control (CDC) support parents' worries.</p><p>One in five women report having been raped at some point in their life - the figure is one in 71 for men.</p><p>So, what can be done to stop this?</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:14:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 12457 at http://michiganradio.org Why we should talk about 'rape culture' on college campuses Federal task force examining violence and children wraps up in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-task-force-examining-violence-and-children-wraps-detroit <p>A federal task force looking into the effects of violence on children held its final meeting in Detroit Tuesday.</p><p>It was the last of four task force meetings held as part of US Attorney General Eric Holder&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/">Defending Childhood Initiative.</a></p><p>The task force heard from experts who said exposure to violence during childhood has lifelong consequences. And many of those children end up in the criminal justice system themselves.</p><p>Robert Listenbee, Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He says there are proven ways to help kids who end up in the system.</p><p>&ldquo;We know that, in the juvenile justice system, diversion programs that take low-level offenders that are at low risk of re-offending out of the system early rather than mixing them with high-risk offenders&hellip;we know that those things work,&quot; Listenbee said. &quot;But we&rsquo;re not using them very well.&rdquo;</p><p>Listenbee says violence is a &ldquo;virus&rdquo; that should be treated like a public health problem.</p><p>But many experts and members of the public testified about how pervasive violence has become the social norm in many communities&mdash;both rural and urban. And it&rsquo;s leaving a generation of traumatized children in its wake.</p><p>That was the case for Lawnya Sherrod. She used to be a gang member in Detroit. Now she helps kids who want to transition out of that life.</p><p>&ldquo;This is what I see every day, all day,&quot; said Sherrod. &quot;I step out, I hear gunshots. It&rsquo;s common. Hearing gunshots is like hearing the school bell ring.&rdquo;</p><p>The task force will outline their findings and suggestions to combat the problem in a report later this year. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:05:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7183 at http://michiganradio.org Federal task force examining violence and children wraps up in Detroit Detroiters receive White House honor for fighting youth violence http://michiganradio.org/post/detroiters-receive-white-house-honor-fighting-youth-violence <p>Two community activists from Detroit have been honored by the White House as &quot;Champions of Change&quot; for their work against youth violence in the city.</p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/youth-violence-prevention">According to the White House</a>, Detroit&#39;s Frank McGhee and De Quan O&#39;Neal were among 12 community leaders from across the nation recognized for their &quot;work to prevent youth violence within their communities as part of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention..., a network of communities and federal agencies working together to share information and build local capacity to...keep our kids safe.&quot;</p><p>WXYZ&#39;s <a href="http://detroit2020.com/2012/04/06/champions-of-change/">Detroit 2020 project congratulated the honorees</a>, describing their work:</p><blockquote><p>McGhee mentors and coaches young leaders to educate their peers about violence in Detroit. He&rsquo;s the program director for the Detroit-Based Neighborhood Service Organization&rsquo;s Youth Initiative Project.</p><p>O&rsquo;Neal is a program youth director [with the Youth Initiative Project]. He helped discourage gun violence and gunfire on New Year&rsquo;s Eve.</p></blockquote><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:21:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6967 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters receive White House honor for fighting youth violence Empowering Flint youth to improve communities http://michiganradio.org/post/empowering-flint-youth-improve-communities <p>Every week on What&rsquo;s Working, we take a look at people and organizations that are changing lives in Michigan for the better. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center is targeting youth violence in Flint by getting kids involved in activities that improve their community.</p><p>Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) is an after-school program run by the center that gives students the tools to initiate and manage community development projects. Today we speak with Susan Morrel-Samuels, the managing director of the Youth Violence Prevention Center at the University of Michigan, who tells us what&rsquo;s unique about the YES program. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:30:58 +0000 What's Working 4310 at http://michiganradio.org Empowering Flint youth to improve communities