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July 20, 2016

When people think of gender violence, they may think of crimes involving physical violence, such as sexual assault or domestic abuse.  While stalking may not immediately spring to mind, it is a serious crime that can absolutely devastate its victims — even if it does n...

December 2, 2015

If you follow our website or social media, you have probably seen the phrase “primary prevention.”  We use it quite often to talk about our work, particularly with regards to how we hope to end domestic and sexual violence.  This is different from past strategies, whic...

July 15, 2015

As Americans, we likely view slavery as a relic of the past, or something that only happens in distant lands.  But the reality is that right here in the United States — even in Pennsylvania — slavery is all too real.  Human trafficking occurs throughout our country, an...

May 13, 2015

Abuse can come in many forms, from physical to emotional, stalking and more.  One type of abuse that is not as commonly known, despite its prevalence in abusive relationships, is reproductive coercion.  This form of abuse affects millions of women, and can significantl...

April 1, 2015


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  At Blackburn Center, we raise awareness about sexual assault through our signature event, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, as well as through the programs and services that we provide throughout the year.  Because raising awareness a...

March 4, 2015

Consent has been a hot topic in the world of campus sexual assault recently, or more specifically, a particular type:  affirmative consent.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, affirmative consent may seem daunting.  Does this mean that there is some sort of...

February 11, 2015

When people think about domestic violence, the image that likely comes to mind is one of a physically battered person — bruises, broken bones, or worse.  While physical violence is often an element of abusive relationships, emotional or verbal abuse is possibly more pr...

January 14, 2015

If you follow us on social media or read our blog, you’ve seen that phrase hundreds of times:  “rape culture.”  It’s become a shorthand term in modern culture for any number of societal issues involving violence against women…but what exactly does it mean? In the first...

January 1, 2015

Welcome, 2015!  At Blackburn Center, we are excited to begin a new year, with all of the promise of new beginnings.  Our resolution for the new year is simple:  to continue in our mission to advocate for the rights of all individuals to live free from domesti...

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