Women's Center of Jacksonville

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As people self-isolate and self-quarantine to help stop the spread of coronavirus, abusers frequently have greater access to their victims. Meanwhile, victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse have less acess to help.

Should Florida Lengthen Time For Prosecuting Sexual Assaults?

Dec 17, 2018
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Local advocacy groups for survivors of sexual assault are throwing their support behind two proposed bills aimed at helping in the pursuit of justice.

Each bill calls for lawmakers to change the statute of limitations currently in place, which would allow more time for prosecutors to pursue these cases.

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City money from handicapped parking fines could help pay making the city’s new Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Center completely accessible to those with disabilities.

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Jacksonville sexual assault victims can soon go to a new location for forensic exams and other resources. It’s called the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam —  or “SAFE” center and Monday was its ribbon cutting.

Monday on First Coast Connect we commemorated the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Women’s Center of Jacksonville Executive Director Teresa Miles and Board President Lise Everly (01:03).

We marked Public Art Week in Jacksonville with Director of Art in Public Places Christie Holechek and Patrick Fisher with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (32:53).

Cole Pepper talked about Monday night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the latest sports news (46:00).     

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard about a new location to assist survivors of sexual assault in Jacksonville with Executive Director Teresa Miles of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and Marcus Pollard, who is Director of Player Development and Youth Football with the Jacksonville Jaguars (01:11).

Blogger Stacey Goldring from our our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club gave us the story behind “Killers of the Flower Moon”  (33:10).   

Friday is White Cane Safety Day. We spoke with Jacksonville resident Doug Hansard on what it’s like to be a blind pedestrian in Jacksonville (43:56).

  

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we met members of the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment; Pastor James Wiggins from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nancy Ricker from Arlington Congregational Church and Pastor Phillip Baber from Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville talked about Monday’s annual Nehemiah Assembly. We also heard from Mary Ann Myler, U.S. Green Building Council Florida coordinator and Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon about the upcoming Green Lion Festival. We were told about the upcoming “You Don’t Know Me” reading to fight sexual abuse with writer Diana Herman, Program Director Robin Graber and Nassau County Advocate of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville Lori Armstrong. University of Florida’s Nola Miyasaki told us about Thursday’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium.      

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a local nonprofit organization is a lifeline for survivors of sexual assault, as the only certified rape crisis center for Duval, Baker and Nassau counties.

Monday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Women’s Center of Jacksonville Executive Director Teresa Miles and board president Lise Everly about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month’s First Coast Success featured Moxie co-owner Lisa Marie Johnson. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, we spoke with Jewish Family & Community Services CEO Colleen Rodriguez, and Cole Pepper told us how the Florida Gators fell just short of reaching the NCAA Tournament Final Four.  


Beaches Residents React to Pension Proposal

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says "we're all in this together" regarding the city's pension obligations, but some residents of the Beaches are skeptical.

Curry has been traveling around Duval County drumming up support for his proposed solution to Jacksonville’s massive unfunded pension liability.

But he’s facing a tough sell in Jacksonville, Atlantic and Neptune Beaches, where some residents are pushing back against the idea of extending a half-cent sales tax.

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Stalking is a crime is all 50 states, and  this month is National Stalking Awareness Month.

Florida State College at Jacksonville helped spread awareness Thursday morning with a panel discussion of anti-stalking advocates.

 


The "Voices of the River" event this weekend aims to spotlight the important role the St. Johns River has played in our area’s history and continues to play today. The MOSH, the Cummer Museum and the Ritz Theatre will each have programming that explores the people and perspectives that have interacted with the St. Johns River through the years. This part of the larger Cultural Fusion Year of the River initiative celebrating the St.