PAVE Ambassador Jasmin Needs Your Help to Get to the White House

PAVE’s Newest PAVE Ambassador Needs Your Help to Get to the White House!

Jasmin Enriquez has been invited to participate in the White House taskforce to combat campus sexual assault. The event is right around the corner, Friday Feb 21 so this is an immediate request…every bit helps!  We need to help raise funds to get her there – please consider donating and help us meet our goal of $1000 to cover plane fare and other travel expenses. HELP US GET SURVIVOR VOICES IN THE WHITE HOUSE!


Jasmin Enriquez is an activist from Southern California. She is a 2013 graduate of Penn State University where she earned her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and also minored in Women’s Studies. After being sexually assaulted as a senior in high school and as a first-year student in college she decided to speak up about her experiences to try to make an impact in the community. Through her soon-to-be non-profit, Only With Consent, she plans on spreading the message of consent to upset rape culture and generate consent culture. She believes open dialogue and age-appropriate education are the first steps to creating a world that values consent.

News articles:

SVAW: Asking for Consent IS Sexy

April brings local and national efforts for sexual violence awareness


We will also be raising money at the Vagina Monologues in Chicago for this. Extra funds raised will be used for an “Only With Consent” campaign for college campuses across the US!




PAVE’s Virtual Toolkit


Virtual Toolkit:

Shattering the Silence and Preventing Sexual Violence

The mission of PAVE is to shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence. Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics.

To accomplish this mission, PAVE uses research-based educational materials aimed at prevention, professional development training for intervention, interactive art projects, and national awareness initiatives. PAVE’s work has been featured on many national media outlets including: CNN, Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Network.


Download Mobile Phone Application – Shatter the Silence

PAVE and the Clery Center for Security on Campus’ Shatter The Silence App provides education and resources to help prevent sexual violence by equipping users with knowledge, skills and services through interactive multimedia tools. Shatter The Silence also provides instant EMERGENCY functionality that will contact the police, find nearby emergency medical care using geolocation technology, and connect you to immediate support from trained violence intervention specialists.





PAVE Read Between the Lines Poster

Gather a group of people and have a Poster Party in the community where you can hang these posters in coffee shops, around a campus, on community bulletin, and in churches.  Bring: copies of this black and white poster, tape and push pins. Download the PDF – CLICK HERE





Celebrity – NO MORE Poster Campaign

NO MORE is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  Supported by major organizations working to address these urgent issues, NO MORE is gaining support with Americans nationwide, sparking new conversations about these problems and moving this cause higher on the public agenda. PAVE has partnered with No More to distribute a poster series you can distribute all over your community featuring celebrities such as Courteney Cox, Amy Poehler, and Ice T. CLICK HERE to download posters





Postcard Project

Art is a powerful way to shatter the silence of sexual violence. It helps to break through barriers and defenses when dealing with this sensitive issue. It also helps give voice to things that are difficult to say with words. That is why PAVE designed the Postcard Project - Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence. Participants will collage/write/draw on the postcard anything they want to shatter the silence of sexual violence. The cards will be collected or photographed and sent back to PAVE to be included into our PINTEREST account as well as shared online. People from all over the country are participating in the Postcard Project. Check the PAVE website for details about when and where the Postcard Project will be displayed. CLICK HERE for more info


Spoken Word Poetry to Shatter the Silence

Steve Connell is a world renowned poet seen on MTV, HBO and BET. Steve has performed at several PAVE events and he created a cd of poetry based on PAVE’s work called “Angel Rising”


Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Guide for Preventionists

This guide is intended to help support advocates and preventionists in creating and sustaining bystander intervention programs in their communities. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center contacted six organizations that employ various bystander programs and strategies. This guide highlights each program and its unique approach to bystander intervention and provides lessons learned for advocates and preventionists to use in their work. CLICK HERE




Fear No Fashion

Fear No Fashion

Fundraising Campaign Kickoff

Fear No Fashion – VOX POPULI Magazine

VOX POPULI Magazine Joins PAVE as a Media Sponsor for Fear No Fashion Charity Fashion Show!

VOX POPULI Magazine is the premiere luxury fashion and lifestyle publication chronicling the most exclusive in fashion, entertainment, beauty, art, culture, celebrity, and film. VOX POPULI Magazine is in 26 countries and features superior journalism and sophisticated content providing an exclusive view into the world of high fashion, and an in-depth look into the people who make up the fashion and entertainment industry including, photographers, designers, stylists, film makers, and more. VOX POPULI Magazine delivers firsthand knowledge of the most exclusive in fashion and entertainment.

We are fierce and flawless. We are the Voice of the People.

SAVE THE DATE – Friday, Oct 11, Chicago

CLICK HERE for more info!

EVENT PRE-PARTY HAPPY HOUR, Tuesday, Sept 17 – 5:30-7:30pm – Underground Wonderbar - 710 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60654


Host Committee Members Include:
Andrea Metcalf – Fitness Expert, Author, and Media Personality seen on Today Show and Good Morning America
April Rose – Model and Actress Starring in Grown-Ups 2
Candace Jordan – Chicago Tribune social columnist, ChicagoNow blogger, Host Watch312, Candid Candace Chicago
Chase Clark – CHASEevents
Justin Roman – DJ on B96
JuneElise Marasigan – Room 1520
Merri Dee – Chicago Broadcasting Legend and Author
Marcellas Reynolds – Celebrity Stylist seen on The Tyra Banks Show, Style Network, E! News, and Big Brother
Marie P. Anderson – International Model Agent, Scout, and Director of Agency Galatea
Rafer Weigel – ABC 7 Sports Anchor and Sports Reporter
Tim Toth – Celebrity Hair Stylist & Owner of Lather Chicago

Andrea Parsons – Fashion Model and Actress

Nichole Niemann, Fashions with Flair

Special Guests include:
Miss Illinois 2013 Brittany Smith
Alicia Kozakiewicz: Survivor of kidnapping seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, CNN and many more

PAVE Membership

Thank you for joining PAVE!

Stronger Than You Know

I was reading the articles that I have posted for PAVE’S blog and noticed a trend. I have been reporting on incidents that take place and the effects that occur due to these acts of malice. However, while reading through them I noticed a trend among the victims. Something that as humans we all have and we should all be very proud of; that is strength and courage. As humans we are both blessed and cursed with an uncanny amount of resilience and the ability to overcome adversity.  Though these victims have endured some of the most horrific experiences that most of us can’t even fathom in our worst nightmares; they are standing strong today. Standing up for those that are still fighting this fight!

Not only do these victims fight for what is right and the ability to get back to having as normal of a life as possible, they also have to deal with the media and the public pointing fingers in all the wrong directions. Every time I hear someone say, “Well look at the way she’s dressed, she’s just asking for it!” It makes me cringe. That is the problem with society in a nutshell. The stereotyping and the unjust ability to blame the innocent for someone else’s actions. As a parent I stress to my children that you can’t blame anyone else for your actions or your reactions and that is something we must all remember.

Throughout history the woman’s body has been portrayed as a beautiful masterpiece and over time it has become looked upon as more of an object and that is something that needs to be addressed.

We are told that there is strength in numbers… to never walk alone, walk in pairs at night and so on. This is not only true in the physical sense it is true in the emotional sense as well. There is strength in numbers, there is more strength than one could ever know they possessed when they have a strong support system. Humans, just like most animals were not meant to travel alone, we were meant to travel in groups of our own kind. Those that we have things in common with, those that need us, those that we need and those that can help us and teach us things.

We are all stronger than we know and with support systems like PAVE out there, together we can get through it! This is a time for reflection and to realize that no matter what you are here today and you are stronger than you know.

Written by: Ashten Meadows

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

This message is in response to Angela Rose’s piece on Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. I would have emailed her directly, but could not locate any other contact information than this one, so please pass it along if possible. I want to first commend her on a wonderful piece—it is important that everyone can identify what is and is not appropriate behavior and how to get/give help—and thank you all at PAVE for the work you do. As a survivor of sexual assault, I truly appreciate everything organizations such as yours do for those who have been abused.

I feel the topic of relationship abuse is so vital for us to talk about as a society. There is a stigma, I believe, when it comes to relationship violence. So many people assume that abuse only occurs in married couples, that it only happens to women, and that it always comes in the vein of physical violence. We know that is not true though.

Our society needs a wakeup call to the very real dangers facing both males and females, of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and sects–dating violence occurs all the time, too often, and it needs to end.

My employer recently allowed me to write a detailed piece on dating violence. I hope that by dispelling many of the myths surrounding relationship violence and explaining what it really is, I can help someone who is in an abusive relationship recognize that they do not deserve nor should they tolerate the treatment they receive from their partner.

I would be honored if you would take a look at what I wrote, and if you like it, please feel free to share it with your readers. I just want to do my small part to make a difference and hopefully help an abuse victim persevere and get help.

Thank you for your time and again for all of the valuable work you do. You are all my heroes. I hope you enjoy my piece.

Written by: Kristin Benzinger

Erin’s Law

PAVE Ambassador Erin Merryn is an author/activist/speaker who has launched a nationwide effort to pass Erin’s Law.

“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK – 5th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

Already state governments in Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Missouri have passed Erin’s Law.

It is now pending in eight additional states, with more to come:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Minnesota
  4. Mississippi
  5. Nevada
  6. New Mexico
  7. New York
  8. Pennsylvania

Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor turned activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law, which is registered with the IRS as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization.

Erin has been featured on OprahMontel WilliamsGood Morning AmericaCNNTimeThe Chicago Tribune and was recently named a Glamour Woman of the Year. She has dedicated her life to preventing child sexual abuse and supporting its victims. She is determined to see to it that all 50 states pass Erin’s Law to protect millions of children from having to experience anything similar to what she did.


New PAVE Ambassador – Merri Dee

PAVE is proud to announce that Chicago broadcasting legend Merri Dee is our newest PAVE Ambassador. This past week, Ms. Dee was given the honor of being appointed by IL Governor Quinn as the Human Rights Commissioner!

“When you think that you are all alone and no one understands what you have been through, PAVE is here for you.  PAVE offers light, love, direction, guidance and a reason to go on.  When you are a PAVE member you have joined a major, national advocacy group of supporters.  PAVE advocates for you where you are, on college campuses, in Washington.  A PAVE membership is not a card to carry, its an actionable step that you take for yourself – that you genuinely share with others. Do something powerful! Join PAVE now!”

About Merri Dee…

Merri Dee is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and a highly popular panelist, moderator, and professional mentor. As president of MD Communications, she helps organizations develop strategies on media relations, marketing and public relations, community relations, and fundraising. In addition, Merri Dee provides individuals with professional and life coaching assistance.

As a celebrated motivational and keynote speaker, Merri Dee infuses humor and warmth into her real-life stories that inspire individuals and employees to rise above challenges and seize control of their destinies. She has presented to audiences from a few hundred to more than a thousand. Clients for her keynote addresses include companies in the Fortune 100 such as AT&T, Kraft, and Motorola. Merri Dee’s inspirational keynote topics include:

– Communication and Leadership Skills

– Increasing Productivity

– The Will to Survive Fear and Pain

– Successful Fundraising

– Supporting Military Families

– From One Caregiver to Another

– Surviving the Senior Years (Helping Your Seniors Live Their Best Lives)

– Women: Empowered

– Violence Prevention

As an award-winning broadcaster, Merri Dee has been a trailblazer in both radio and television. She has served as a newscaster, talk show host, and staff announcer. Later she served as Director of Community Relations at superstation WGN-TV and as advisor to other Tribune owned TV stations. She has hosted countless parades, telethons, television specials and has served as an emcee and host for a variety of organizations.

For more than 30 years, Merri Dee co-hosted the nationally syndicated “UNCF Annual Evening of Stars,” raising tens of millions of dollars for college scholarships. She leveraged her relationship with the McCormick Foundation to raise more than $31 million for Chicago Children’s Charities. However, her efforts extend beyond raising money. She supports organizations that address critical social issues such as adoption and foster care, violence prevention, education, and women’s issues.

An impassioned advocate for violence prevention, Merri Dee arrives at this issue from personal experience. Many lifelong Chicagoans still remember her heart-wrenching story of being kidnapped at gunpoint, shot, and left for dead by an assailant. Given last rites twice, overcoming paralysis and blindness, Merri Dee survived and became an inspiration to others overcoming various traumas. The account of her ordeal was the subject of several network programs, including 60 Minutes, the Phil Donahue Show, and Oprah.

This life-changing experience led her to being the force behind the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of the nation’s first Victim’s Bill of Rights. Illinois’ legislation has served as the model for similar laws throughout the United States. While Merri Dee continues to speak forcefully about violence prevention, she also provides her expertise to CeaseFire, a highly successful evidence-based national violence prevention organization.

Merri Dee is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Among these are:

– Silver Circle Award, Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

– President’s Award, United Negro College Fund

– Hall of Fame Induction, National Association of Black Journalists

– Adoption Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

– National Women in Film

She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Tougaloo College and Lewis University.

Merri Dee was appointed to serve as an official U.S. Army Ambassador. She was appointed by former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to serve on the Mayor’s Council on Women’s Issues, and by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to The Serve Illinois Commission, a volunteer advocacy delegation. Merri Dee is the Illinois State President of AARP, which has 1.8 million members. Merri Dee has recently been appointed a Commissioner, Ill. Human Rights Commission.