How authorities and the victims themselves can address this crisis
The outcome of the rape case against Brock Turner has created national dialogue about the intersection of violence against women, campus sexual assault, race and class, privilege and discrimination, the role of the campus adjudication process and the flaws in our criminal justice system. Many question the six month sentence a former student athlete at Stanford University received after being found guilty of three felony counts. There is also outrage directed at the judge who determined the sentence. Lost in the noise are the survivors who have listened and observed the reactions of their communities. Because each time a news story flashes across the television, each time there is a post on social media, and each time an article pops up online, survivors everywhere are heartbreakingly reminded of their own experience.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Sexual Assault Crisis Services was even busier than ever. Whether hosting community-wide awareness events, joining with schools and universities to educate regarding sexual violence and assault, conducting self-defense classes or meeting with social service influencers, the YWCA team packed April 2016 with meaningful and impactful events. Now, they ask you to help them extend these efforts and momentum throughout the year.
Why does the mission of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles resonate with you?
Helping others help themselves has been a motto I have lived by for my entire adult life. I have come to understand my purpose for working in this arena is to build strong communities through building self-reliance and transforming the lives of our youth. I believe our youth are the future and if we do not educate and train them well then racism, belittling of women and lack of peace and justice will continue to destroy our communities for generations to come.
Fred brings nearly 14 years of experience working at various Job Corps centers across the country to his current position. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Fred has also worked as the Director of YSC Youth Correctional Department and the Department of Justice within the juvenile correctional system.
What is your vision for the future of Los Angeles Job Corps?
Job Corps is vital to our community because of the lifeline of resources provided to our youth who benefit immensely by obtaining new skills and education. My vision for the Los Angeles Job Corps center is to continue to grow as a productive learning environment which provides a safe residential living component as well as superior customer service to students and staff.
Exposing Young People to Real Career Options
Drawing on the YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ program philosophy to approach training holistically while integrating multiple program participants and generations, in the first quarter of 2016 the YWCA Greater Los Angeles hosted the Los Angeles Job Corps in a day of job shadowing. Students from various trades partnered with nine different departments and were given meaningful tasks, shown how to work office equipment, met program participants and observed staff during a regular work day.