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Ten Things Survivors Should Know About the Title IX Rollback

There are some important things that survivors should know about the Title IX rollback. Sexual violence advocates, survivors, and allies are reacting strongly to the rollback of Title IX guidelines by the Trump administration. There are a few things we think survivors should know. What Just Happened Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos warned that she would not protect the

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Cutting Domestic Violence Programs is Dangerous

The current political climate in the United States is putting victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the police officers who respond to their emergency calls in greater danger. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said one of his top issues is protecting police officers; the White House website even included “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” as part of its priorities. But

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When You Call 911 and Nobody Picks Up

Across the United States, emergency dispatch services are consolidating, and in many cases, run privately. In rural areas, it could mean the difference between life and death.

On November 16, 2016, Becky Seguin found her brother David unresponsive with only a faint pulse. Becky called 911 while her younger brother, a firefighter, and his girlfriend, a registered nurse, tried to save David’s life. Her call was routed to a dispatch center in Westminster, Vermont. Two mountains and two hours separated her and the call center. When the same dispatcher asked to confirm her address, it was incorrect. By the time the ambulance arrived, David was already dead.

“I remember [the call taker] saying our address was 705,” she recalled. “I said, ‘No, our address is 707,’ and they kept saying 705. Then they said 747. I don’t even know if that exists [on our street]. Meanwhile, more time was going by and no one came. No one from first response, no police, nothing.”

Turns out, 747 doesn’t exist on her street in Castleton, Vermont, a small college town with a population of 4,700. Emergency services were sent to the wrong address. It took a local police officer overhearing everything on his radio to clear up the confusion. Seguin recalled absolute chaos at home and lack of understanding on the phone.

“It’s a pretty horrible feeling knowing your brother is dying and help isn’t coming,” Seguin said. “Then you see the police go flying by your house and you know it’s because they have the wrong address via 911.” Becky said that David’s death was probably not preventable because he “either had an aneurysm or a stroke [and] he would have passed no matter what.” But she doesn’t want anyone else to go through a similar experience.