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NOMAS Supports NCADV’S TAKE A STAND AND LOBBY DAY EVENT

NCADV’S TAKE A STAND AND LOBBY DAY EVENT October 1st, 2015 Washington, D.C. Learn more and get involved at www.ncadv.org/takeastand. NCADV is kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a national event to raise awareness about domestic violence-Take A Stand. NCADV’s Take A Stand event will occur October 1st at 11:00am in Washington, D.C. on the Capitol grounds. Here, victims, activists, volunteers, legislators and

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Trafficked Women, Used in Prostitution, Are Not “Sex-Workers”

Robert Brannon, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College C.U.N.Y. Panel on Sex Trafficking; International Masculinities Conference; New York City, March 6, 2015   I am a psychologist and within the field of psycholinguistics there is a familiar observation concerning native-language and thought-patterns, known as the “Whorfian” Principle (Whorf 1956; Lucy 1992). The words which we have learned and absorbed, the language that we daily speak,

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Epilogue: NOMAS Accountability and the Forging Justice Conference, Detroit, 2013

In 2013, NOMAS co-sponsored a conference with Haven in Detroit. The opening keynote presentation included a position on prostitution that seriously conflicts with NOMAS’s stance. Subsequently, NOMAS was charged with unethical decisions and behavior. The controversy was about the patriarchal, oppressive system of the commercial sex industry, not about any individuals involved in that system. We did not err in our analysis. We know

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NOMAS Empowerment and Accountability Process

NOMAS EMPOWERMENT and ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESS Phyllis B. Frank and Wayne Morris History: When I walked into a NOMAS meeting along with other men and women, I picked up an attitude of arrogance and superiority from one of the white men.  This is not an unusual experience and I acted as I most often do.  I ignored it and attempted to go on with business

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NOMAS Opposes Amnesty International’s Policy on Decriminalization of Prostitution/Sex Trafficking

Press Release                                                                                              August 18, 201 On August 11, 2015, Amnesty International (AI) turned its back on Feminism by voting to adopt policy supporting decriminalizing prostitution (also known as sex trafficking). However intended or motivated, the decision by Amnesty International is an act in support of male supremacy and privilege. NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, opposes the legalization of prostitution and has

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NOMAS Policy Positions on Issues of Prostitution

NOMAS National Task Group on Sex Trafficking, Pornography, & The Commercial Sex Industry Robert Brannon Ph.D., Chair    A. Our Culture’s Mythology of Prostitution    There is a common, popular stereotype, sometimes termed “the happy hooker,” of a woman willingly selling her body, who is tough, independent, sassy, strong, often wise, and in full control of her fun, raunchy life-style.  In this stereotype she’s

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NOMAS Process Guidelines (from the NOMAS By-Laws)

8.5  NOMAS Process Guidelines 8.5.1 Interrupting Speakers    It is almost always inappropriate and disrespectful to interrupt a person who has not finished speaking.  We agree to be especially careful not to begin speaking until the previous speaker has finished. Conversely, we agree to remember when we are speaking that others in the room are waiting, and not to extend our comments unnecessarily. 8.5.2 Equal

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Ray Rice Gets Away with it Again

Who Should We Blame? By Barry Goldstein The Ray Rice case resonates for me because I have been working in the movement to prevent domestic violence for the past 31 years.  I have seen too many women like Janay Palmer brutally beaten by men who believed there were circumstances that could justify their assaults.  I have seen all too many stories and been involved

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And then Ray Rice and Roger Goodell had to Ruin the World

And then Ray Rice and Roger Goodell had to Ruin the World By Barry Goldstein   My domestic violence education started when three children told their mother that their father was physically and sexually abusing them.  She tried to protect them by filing a petition for custody and a protective order and reporting his abuse to Child Protective Services (CPS).  Initially the children were

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Battered/Formerly Battered Women’s Caucus

STATEMENT-July 14, 2004 In order for the domestic violence movement to facilitate effective and positive social change in our society, it is imperative that Battered and Formerly Battered Women have a clear presence and a loud voice to direct and guide this movement. We have a commitment to provide compassionate,respectful support to the women we serve. As a movement, it is in our best

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