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Celebrating Success Returns Thursday, May 12

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After three long years, Celebrating Success is back! Join us for our 30th anniversary gala on Thursday, May 12, at the Brae Burn Country Club. You will hear insights from guest speaker Bonnie Michelman, Executive Director of Police, Security, and Outside services at Mass General Hospital. We are delighted to welcome our community for another...

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Staff Attorney MacKenzie Mahoney Testifies in support of Improving Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors

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On December 7, 2021, there was a hearing on S939/H1820 An Act Improving Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors before the Joint Judiciary Committee. The Second Step Staff Attorney MacKenzie Mahoney provided oral testimony in support of improvements to our 258E sexual assault/harassment prevention orders. Here is the text of her testimony: “My name is MacKenzie...

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COVID-19 Update: Office Reopening

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With the end of the MA State of Emergency, The Second Step offices are safely reopening. Community advocacy, housing assistance, and legal services for survivors of domestic violence are available in person. (Please note, masks are required in the office for anyone not fully vaccinated.) For those who prefer to access remote services, advocates and attorneys...

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Take Pride with The Second Step

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June is Pride month, the time of year for celebration, remembrance, and honoring all things Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ)! Domestic Violence Advocate, Martina Gauderer, helps The Second Step highlight the importance of LGBTQ+ affirming resources for survivors of domestic violence: As we wrap up Pride 2021, The Second Step is reflecting upon...

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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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As we close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), The Second Step honors the history and legacy of those who have shaped the movement to end sexual violence. Domestic Violence Advocate, Martina Gauderer, shares her connection to SAAM and how she finds power and healing in community:   April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)...

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Plant a Seed: Stories of Strength

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Join The Second Step on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00pm for the premiere of our video, Plant a Seed: Stories of Strength!  Plant a Seed: Stories of Strength A Video Premiere To empower survivors To inspire hope To spread awareness To strengthen communities Hear from survivors and staff as we reflect on the challenges and triumphs...

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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  February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Did you know that 26% of women and 15% of men who were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18 (CDC)? The Second Step can...

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Closing Out Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Tomorrow is the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Thank you to everyone who attended our events, read alongside us, and took this month to educate themselves about domestic violence and to support survivors. You can find the The Second Step’s Complete DVAM Book List here!

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Join us for Step Up to the Plate: the 2020 Virtual Edition

The Second Step’s premier fall event – Step Up to the Plate – has gone virtual! Join one of 6 engaging speakers on zoom for an evening of good company and engaging conversation to support survivors of domestic violence, all from the comfort of your home! Each Zoom party features a special guest—a writer, media...

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Celebrating Success is now Celebrating Our Community (Virtual Event)

We hope you can join us on September 24th for a re-imagined Celebrating Success event, “Celebrating our Community.” This virtual event is an evening to learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting survivors of domestic violence, how we are adapting our services and meeting increased needs thanks to our generous community of supporters. Please join...

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