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Organizations in Syracuse have joined forces in an international effort to bring awareness to gender-based violence.  The 16-day effort by the Near East Foundation and its partners, Planned Parenthood, Vera House and New Feminists for Justice, led from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov.

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A night of dinner, live music and dancing will raise funds for Vera House in December as they continue to support people with services who are going through domestic violence.  This year will mark the 26th annual “New Beginnings” GalaThe organization supports victims of domestic violence.  Executive Director Randi Bregman says the event used to be known as “Home for the Holidays.”

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is getting behind a program she says could prevent families from becoming homeless.  A state proposal called The Home Stability Support program would provide a new rent supplement for those who are eligible for public assistance.  Miner says the program could expand upon the efforts of the city and county to keep families out of shelters and off the streets.

Kasem Cares about Elder Abuse Prevention

Sep 30, 2016

The daughter of radio personality Casey Kasem experienced first-hand the effects of elder abuse…as her aging father was dealing with dementia.  Kerri Kasem shared her struggles at the today’s Elder Abuse conference.

“What I was seeing was three years ago was his wife, my stepmother, was saying you’re never going to see your dad again. It was the hardest thing that my family had to go through was being blocked from my father, a man was saw every weekend, talked to everyday on the phone.”

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  A group of women organized by Vera House wanted the message held inside the Stanford rape case victim's recent testimony to get a public presentation.  And with it the women, victims of abuse themselves, gave voice to the strong sentiments about what constitutes rape, how victims are dealt with in the court system, the continued ignoring of consent, and the devastation to the lives of victims.  

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Under reporting and lack of public discussion seem to be the biggest barriers to stopping elder abuse.  Wednesday marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and Vera House Project Coordinator Jenny Hicks says the issue is frequently ignored or avoided.   

    

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More than a hundred supporters rallied and chanted together today in support of Vera House and its efforts to combat domestic and sexual violence. Survivors are telling their stories to illustrate the need for the annual White Ribbon Campaign.

Wanda Marshall found herself a victim of date rape… and faced the trials of domestic violence all on her own.

“When I became a Mary Kay consultant we work in support of Vera House by giving grants to them.  It’s just my way of giving back and helping other women know there is help out there and there is support that they can and will get through it.” 

Today Wanda is a survivor and was proudly dressed in white to support the campaign’s goal to create awareness to the community. 

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  Syracuse police arrested more than 1300 people for domestic violence last year...and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies took in another 900.  Those are some of the figures that paint the picture in Vera House's annual report to the community on Domestic Violence.  Monday's release of the report focused on the wide range of victims...and growing services to help.

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Nearly 289 million people are active users on Twitter. But Vera House intern Elizabeth Scheemaker  says she isn’t one of them.

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 Vera House has been leading the discussion and educating the public about domestic and sexual violence in Central New York for several decades. Every year they pause to remember one of their founders, Sister Mary Vera by presenting another community member with an award who carries on her humanitarian spirit. Physical Education Teacher Joe Moran from the Hughes School and the Director of the Building Men program is this year’s recipient. For 9 years since he started the program, Moran and his team have been working with Syracuse City School District students on character building and relationships.

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