PAVSA

Drawing Awareness For PAVSA

PAVSA held its annual Bar-B-Q and Cupcake sale in Duluth Thursday

DULUTH, Minn.- In support of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault mission, the group held its annual bar-b-q and cupcake sale today in downtown Duluth. The funds gathered through donations go towards supporting services for men, women and children who are victims of sexual violence. The plaza at the Building For Women was filled with dozen of…

Duluth Sexual Assault Proclimation

The City of Duluth proclaimed the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn.- Tonight city and county officials, law enforcement, prosecutors and advocates all came together to proclaim April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Duluth. PAVSA is leading the push to end sexual violence in Duluth. And tonight they kicked off a series of events they will hold this month to get the entire community involved. PAVSA says it takes partnerships…

Sex Trafficking Forum

Panel Meeting was Held Tonight at UMD

DULUTH, MINN.- January is sex trafficking month, and tonight a panel at UMD focused on the reality of the trafficking right here in the Northland. Organizers with the UMD Early Childhood Studies Program hope the panel will bring awareness and action to end sex trafficking. Panelists say it’s difficult to provide numbers on just how common it is in our…

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Search Training

Native Lives Matter Holds Event at Building for Women

DULUTH, Minn.- A local group is working to bring awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women. The Native Lives Matter Coalition and PAVSA hosted search training and a community patrol today. The organization Shahnish Scouts provided training, and united multiple local organizations in the goal of bringing every missing woman home. “Opening their minds for a little bit more awareness,…

Many ‘Fall’ for PAVSA Autumn Event

Annual Fundraiser Held at DECC

DULUTH, Minn.-For years PAVSA has been offering their services free of charge to victims of sexual abuse and violence. Friday night, the community gave back at the 38th Annual PAVSA Autumn Event Fundraiser. Hundreds packed the DECC in their suits and dresses for PAVSA’s biggest Fundraiser of the year. Guests could donate by participating in the silent auction, live auction,…

UMD Takes Back the Night

March and Rally held Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Campus was alive Thursday night, with rallying cries against sexual assault and domestic violence, and in support of survivors, as a group Took Back the Night. The Kirby Ballroom abuzz with men, women and children gathered to work to end sexual and domestic violence, and reclaim the nighttime from fear and vulnerability. “I think it’s just…

PAVSA Shares Impact of Senate Confirmation Hearings On Survivors

Experts say each survivor has their own pathway to healing and it may take years for that person to speak up because of fear and confusion.

DULUTH, Minn. – More and more survivors of sexual violence are learning to find their voice after watching testimony during nomination hearings from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In Duluth many people are reaching out to the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA). PAVSA staff tell us they’ve been busy with new people wanting to talk and…

More Survivors of Sexual Violence Expected to Come Forward After Senate Hearings

Experts believe the "Me Too" movement and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings are driving forces for victims of sexual abuse to share their stories.

DULUTH, Minn. – The fate of the Supreme Court is hanging in the balance and testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh has sparked a lot of reaction. The number of calls to crisis hotlines have increased and more survivors of sexual assault are expected to speak out. Thirty-three percent of Minnesota women will have experienced a…

State Rep. Tackles Sexual Harassment With Roundtable

Rep. Erin May-Quade Holds Roundtable at Building For Women

Duluth, Minn.-¬†Local businesses and nonprofits sat with local leaders today to discuss the issues of sexual violence and harassment. Seven members of different businesses and nonprofits met with State Representative and DFL candidate for Lieutenant Governor Erin Maye-Quade at Duluth’s Building for Women to discuss how they’re combating sexual harassment and sexual violence. Organizations represented included the PAVSA and the…

PAVSA’s First Street Fundraiser

Sexual Assault Assistance Program hosts BBQ and Cupcake Sale

Duluth, Minn.- The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault or PAVSA held their 8th Annual BBQ and Cupcake Sale on Thursday. Passerby on First Street were invited to donate ten dollars for some Pulled Chicken or Sloppy Joe (both vegan and regular), with cupcakes sold in the lower level of the Building for Women. Attendees included some sexual…

PAVSA Hold “I Heart Consent Brunch” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Guests just had to inform servers they wanted to support the cause and 25 percent of their bill went to PAVSA.

DULUTH, Minn. – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and PAVSA (Program For Aid To Victims) took over Pizza Luce in Duluth for it’s, “I Heart Consent Brunch.” The event helps connect a younger audience with messages of consent. The Times Up Twin Ports Campaign jumps on the national movement of #MeToo and #Times Up to bring more awareness so…

A Long Wait: Untested Sexual Assault Kits Part 1

Duluth Ranks No. 1 in the State for Untested Sexual Assault Kits

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2015 Duluth earned a notorious title, one that put a dark spot on hope for sexual assault survivors. Out of the entire state, the city is No. 1 in the amount of untested rape kits sitting shelved in the evidence room, 578 kits to be exact and some 23 years old. The information came out after…