Posted on March 22, 2017
Our Corporate Partners like See Jane Go are truly making a difference in the lives of our clients, by partnering with us and helping to eradicate the obstacle of transportation. Below is a snippet from GirlTalkHQ.com's article 'The Rise Of Female Ride-Sharing Services Is A Wake Up Call About Women’s Safety In Public Spaces' about See Jane Go:
... Not only are they in the business of "transformation", as opposed to just transportation like other services, Kimberly says 2% of the company's revenue will go towards charities that support female empowerment. In January 2017 they announced a partnership with Laura's House, the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in South Orange County, according to a press release.
"We surveyed our entire female driver base to see which causes resonated with them and Laura’s House emerged as the clear choice for a non-profit alliance. One of the biggest safety issues that women can face is from their spouse or lover through domestic violence. At See Jane Go we are working to help women access the things they need for freedom, safety and empowerment, partnering with Laura’s house for our charitable giving is a powerful way to stay true to that promise,” said the co-founder William Jordan.
They will offer free rides to women who are part of Laura’s House, and use their revenue as a means to absorb the costs. It is partnerships like this that fundamentally address the issue of women’s safety in public, acknowledging that an unsafe cab ride is often the tip of the iceberg of other deeper, societal issues relating to gender violence.
With SafeHer on the East Coast, and See Jane Go on the West Coast with plans to expand, what we hope to see is major growth in the market, where emerging companies like these put the dominant companies like Uber and Lyft on notice that if they aren’t willing to address the fundamental problems within their own ranks, women will go elsewhere with their consumer dollars.
Posted on March 21, 2017
Laura’s House Legal Director, Adam Dodge, featured in SELF and participating in the discussion of ‘Revenge Porn’ and the role it plays in domestic violence cases. Below is an excerpt:
The agony of having your private photos made public.
The email looked like spam. It came from an anonymous address, and Ali*, 22, thought it surely meant nothing. But she clicked on it just to be sure. The email told her not to panic, but there were nude pictures of her on the internet. She frantically scrolled to see two links at the bottom of the email—one to a Tumblr page and one to a Flickr page. She clicked. Staring back at her on the sites: her own face, and the nude photos she’d sent her ex-boyfriend during their four-year relationship. The images she entrusted him to keep private were now uploaded publicly for more than 3 billion internet users to see. She panicked.
It takes four clicks on Facebook to upload a photo—less time than it might take someone to inhale and exhale. That's how quick and easy it is to share an explicit image of a person without his or her consent, maliciously robbing them of their privacy and turning their nude images into a form of internet pornography.
You've probably heard of revenge porn before, a term often used to refer to a type of online abuse known as nonconsensual pornography. Sometimes the perpetrators are strangers. Hackers made headlines in 2014 when they stole intimate images of actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence, and leaked them online. Often, the abusers are significant others, trusted individuals who use sensitive images as a way to harass past or current partners. Such was the case with Mischa Barton, whose ex-boyfriend allegedly filmed them having sex without her knowledge, via a hidden camera, and then tried to sell the video. Many women, like Ali, take and share personal photos with their partners, only to have those pictures used against them later as a means to intimidate, threaten, and assert control. Though it may not seem like it at first blush, revenge porn is an increasingly common form of domestic violence—one that can have a serious impact on a victim's mental health.
Posted on March 13, 2017
Laura's House is proud to partner with the Ladera Ranch Sports Center on a H.E.A.R.T. Program Fundraising Campaign throughout the Month of March and H.E.A.R.T.
Join us for a special interactive H.E.A.R.T. Workshop to discuss the prevention of teen dating abuse and bullying.
When: Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ladera Sports Center 2 Terrace Road, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Who: Everyone age 12 and over is welcome
Why: Each year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a boyfriend or girlfriend. We can help prevent violence by educating ourselves about healthy relationships and appropriate conflict resolution skills.
We will also raffle off Cinepolis and iTunes gift cards, and Disney 1-day Park Hopper passes. Every attendee will receive a raffle ticket.
Posted on March 1, 2017
We are excited to host our 2nd Annual "Brighter Futures” Luncheon Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11am at the beautiful Balboa Bay Resort. The event promises to be a beautiful gathering highlighting the vital work that is being done in our community to assist survivors of domestic violence. The event will feature a reception, luncheon, keynote speaker and exclusive opportunity drawing. Table Hostesses are encouraged to gather a group of 10 and will have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their tables to showcase their talents and prominent local designers will participate in showcasing their unique designs at Sponsor level tables. During our program we will be presenting our 'Brighter Futures Awards', honoring a very special individual/group, who has demonstrated their passion for spreading awareness about domestic violence to youth and serving as a wonderful ambassador for Laura’s House. We hope you will join us for this Lunch & Learn event!
Posted on February 10, 2017
Check out our new Laura's House H.E.A.R.T. Program Brochure, with comprehensive information and resources for youth about healthy relationships, teen dating abuse and how to get help!