Youth Education – The WBCWS shares its knowledge as an integral part of the curriculum at local schools regarding teen dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault to communities in south central South Dakota. WBCWS Project Coordinator for Engaging Men, Sunrise Black Bull and Education and Prevention Director Summer Lunderman visit with students at Todd County schools, St. Francis Indian School, White River school and Little Wound high school.
Sexual Assault Advocacy Services – The WBCWS promises an advocate will be on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Our advocates provide support to victims and families from the time they arrive in the emergency room, and at any time throughout their lives. Our advocates ensure a proper change of clothes, help victims understand safety plans and legal processes and provide transportation to any current and or future medical appointments.
Friday, August 8, 2014
We often hear complaints by our relatives about how they were treated by our local officers in response to their crisis in a domestic violence situation. On August 7th, 2014, WBCWS provided training to our local tribal police officers. I have worked with many of these officers over the years, some will always respond in a compassionate manner, believing the victim and ensuring their safety. Others need a reminder of what the law requires of them, including in our jurisdiction a mandatory arrest if they have probable case that a Domestic Abuse crime has taken place, too often they have not followed what is in our Tribal Code. Our citizens need to be aware that if an officer does not arrest someone at the crime scene and the abuser is present, then officers are required by law to file a report stating why he or she did not arrest. Police reports are only held from the public if an ongoing investigation would be harmed by publication. Otherwise you have a right to see such a report why an officer did not arrest someone for domestic violence.
WBCWS has a long partnership with the RST police force and will continue to grow and provide whatever support we can, so that all of our relatives can live in safety. We are held to accountability and so should any public official. Please join us in our support for the officers who keep us safe, respond to our need, and put their lives on the line for ours, but also remember we can keep them accountable!!!
Friday, August 8, 2014
WBCWS is always looking for volunteers who can work with the woman and children directly or maybe you would like to volunteer your time helping in our administration offices? We provide flexible schedules as we are open 24/7. In a recent article by Tony DeFranco, he stated that what motivates volunteers are the following: convenient schedules, like drop in's or short shifts, proof their work is making an impact and an opportunity to gain "professional development and training. We can offer all of this and more, an opportunity to truly participate in an organization that will value every minute you can join us.
Recently we had a volunteer who said this was "the most valuable opportunity she had ever experienced!" Please join us in helping our community heal and grow.
Just click on our Resource tab and fill out the volunteer application, I will get back to you as soon as possible!!! Thank you for your consideration!
Friday, August 1, 2014
WBCWS seeks to find all types of avenues to create healing for those who have suffered from the tremendous harm through acts of violence such as domestic violence and sexual assault. In October of 2014, we will be hosting a weekend retreat for survivors of sexual assault and for family members who need healing. In the Spring of 2015, we will sponsoring another retreat for teens who are survivors of sexual assault. We will be utilizing Bear Butte, a sacred site as the center of our healing circle. Both traditional and modern therapy will be available to those who attend, and we can provide transportation to those who need it. We encourage all survivors to participate. Please call Chelsey or Sharon at 605-856-2317.
Friday, August 1, 2014
WBCWS will sponsor the Monument Quilt Tour, on August 16, 2014, starting at noon at the White River School Football Field. WBCWS will participate in a national tour displaying a portion of a mile long quilt. This quilt is being created by survivors of rape and abuse. Each quilt piece is a story of healing for survivors and acts as a conduit to promote a culture of consent. WBCWS is partnering with FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. There will be speakers of survivors telling their stories, an opportunity for survivors to write their own refection's to be added to the quilt display.
The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories of survivors of rape and abuse, alongside messages of love and support from allies in the movement to upset rape culture. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal.
The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but work together to forever change how American respond to rape. We are building a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.
Come and witness this quilt and help us create a culture of consent!!
This event would not be possible without our partners, Defending Childhood Initiative, Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Tokala Inajiyo Suicide Prevention Mentoring Program, and FORCE
Youth activities – Basketball is king on the Rosebud Reservation, and the WBCWS is sure to include the activity as often as possible when planning youth activities. Dozens of teams showed up for the Youth Appreciation Day, and dozens more crowded the pavement during our July, Block Party. A recent partnership with the Native American Advocacy Program in Winner, S.D. has created more opportunities for the youth to learn about their culture in a safe environment.