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Advocating Against Domestic Violence

When Mariners fan, Mike Clark heard about a 5k fundraiser that winds through each level at T-Mobiile Park and ends with a lap on the ball field, he signed up.  The fundraiser was for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV).  Ten years later, he’s still  a staunch advocate against domestic violence.

The Refuse to Abuse 5K is Saturday, July 17th starting 8:30 am.

Rape by an Intimate Partner

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 


According to National Sexual Violence Resource Center, it is estimated that 734,630 people were threatened with or actually raped in the United States in 2018.  The study also stated that nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives. More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped.


In this story, we want to acknowledge survivors of sexual assault and their hope to educate the community as well as support other survivors.


Krisy, whose last name is not shared to protect her identity, spoke with KBCS’s Kevin Henry about how a family intervention saved her life and helped her escape from an abusive relationship.


Producer: Kevin Henry and Yuko Kodama

Resources for help:

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Friends and Family Guide

New Beginnings (Available 24 hours): 206-522-9472

DAWN (Available 24 hours): 425-656-7867

Mother Nation Services for indigenous families

APICHAYA Services for Asian families

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (Available 24 hours) : 1-800-799-7233

Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence


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Child Abuse

In 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services reported an estimated four children die every day as a result of child abuse.  Listen to a number of perspectives and personal experiences of child abuse and child sexual assault in this series. The hotline for the Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse is 425-252-4800.

Episode 1 – Two local specialist,  Susan Ruby and Dr Anthony Eusanio explain aspects of child abuse.

Episode 2 – you’ll listen to the voices of people who work to keep our children safe in Snohomish County at Dawson Place, A Child Advocacy Center in Everett.

Episode 3 – 19 year old, Snohomish County High school Senior, Ivy Jacobsen shares her story on how abuse impacted everyone in her home.

Episode 4- Ivy Jacobson and her mother, Jennifer Jacobson share their personal stories of becoming survivors and thrivers of domestic violence.

Episode 5 – Snohomish County Child Advocate, Susan Moroso works on-call in emergency rooms where medical staff suspect a patient is victim to abuse. She talks about her own experience with sexual assault to break down how some child victims of abuse or sexual assault process the experience.


Interviewer: Yuko Kodama Editors: Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama
photo courtesy of abdul nafiu abdul samad


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Domestic Violence Awareness

The first major global review of violence against women was released earlier this month by The World Health Organization. It found that about a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner.

Here in Washington, 755 people have died in domestic violence fatalities since 1997.  Programs say the demand for domestic violence services is increasing, but budgets for them are being cut.

Today, we talk about domestic violence.  How do we identify it?  How can we help our loved ones if they reach out to us, and how do we prevent violence in the home?


Listen to the interview here: KBCS_M+I_20130628_Domestic Violence

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Other Resources:

API Chaya: Services for the Asian Community

King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence