Finding Your Happy Place

While sightseeing with my family along the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris a few years ago, I noticed a “HAPPY IS THE NEW CHIC” sign displayed at a boutique. It really caught my attention and made me think about the message that was being conveyed and why the words had such a profound effect on…

Hitting is Not Flirting

Since when does hurting a person mean you like them? If society is telling the younger generation of this world that hitting is okay, at what age will violence begin?

Domestic Violence 101: Types of Abuse

It may come as a surprise to many that Domestic Abuse (DV) is not just physical violence against a spouse. There are a range of behaviors that constitute domestic violence. The fact that our society paints a picture of domestic abuse as only physical makes it difficult to recognize the early signs that a partner…

From Bystander to Upstander

There has probably been a time in all of our lives where we’ve thought, “Should I intervene?” Being a bystander in any given victim-perpetrator situation can be scary; and most of the time the “bystander effect” (in which we choose not to intervene because we assume others around us will) develops out of our fear;…

What Does Your Vagina Say?

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time to celebrate vaginas! Illinois State University is hosting “The Vagina Monologues.” There are still two performances left: tonight, February 14, and tomorrow February 15, in the Bone Student Center, Old Main room. The night begins with the Vagina Fair, which starts at 6 p.m. and…

Why I Rise and Why You Should Too!

One Billion Rising is an excellent opportunity for agencies in the twin cities to come together to share why they think it is important to end violence against women and girls. It is also the perfect way to let out some stress of the week in a healthy way by participating in an hour of…

Part of a Village – Being a Rape Crisis Volunteer

“It takes a village to help a survivor and I’m so happy that YWCA Stepping Stones was there for me and other survivors like me.” Part of our village is volunteers just like you! If you have you ever considered a helping or medical profession, or simply just want to make a difference, you can…

Taboo Topics: Teaching the Youth of McLean County

By: Ashlee Gilot, Prevention Educator, Stepping Stones, YWCA Mclean County Does your child know what a sexual assault is? Or how it can occur? How about understanding the difference between a safe touch and a bad touch? If you answered “no” to these questions, you’re probably thinking, why would a young child need to know…

YWCA Wraps Up First Session of Peace Camp!

Peace Camp Summer Session #1 just wrapped up for the week! Check out our talented campers! They were so proud to showcase their talents this afternoon by displaying their knowledge of Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., anti-bullying tactics and peaceful solutions to problems! Registration is underway for next two summer sessions of YWCA’s FREE Kids’…