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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

The number of homeless in CT has dropped 4 percent since 2007.  (Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut continues to make progress toward ending homelessness, according to the latest count. The annual survey, released Wednesday, showed a decrease of almost four-percent in overall homelessness compared to last year. That's the lowest since the statewide counts began in 200 ...Read More

An address confidentiality bill could protect survivors of abuse from being harassed or stalked. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A bill under consideration at the Statehouse could help ease some of the fears felt by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. House Bill 359 would establish a voluntary program that would create a confidential address for them which, according to Nancy Neylon, executive ...Read More

Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha ...Read More

Access to a gun in a domestic-violence situation vastly increases the likelihood of homicide. (Rusty Frank/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - A bill to help protect victims of domestic violence passed in Connecticut's House of Representatives on Wednesday. By a 104-42 vote, the House sent House Bill 5054 on to the Senate for consideration. That bill would require those subject to temporary restraining orders to turn ove ...Read More

A program in Missouri helps crime victims remain anonymous by allowing them to use a P.O. box instead of a physical address. (Virgina Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri is highlighting a program to help crime victims stay anonymous. It's called "Safe At Home." It was set up in 2007 and gives victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and stalking a more anonymous address they can use. Stephanie Fleming, communications direct ...Read More

Nevadans are being urged to wear denim on Wednesday to show support for victims of sexual assault. (DenimDayInfo.org)

LAS VEGAS - Advocates for victims of sexual assault across Nevada are asking people to wear jeans on Wednesday to support them on international Denim Day. It's a protest that started 24 years ago in Italy, where a high-court judge freed an accused rapist, reasoning that because the 18-year-old vict ...Read More

A Minnesota Senate committee hears from the public today about a bill to require universal background checks for gun purchases in the state. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers in Minnesota gets a public hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require universal background checks for anyone who buys firearms in the state. Current Minnesota law does not require that private ...Read More

Wednesday is international Denim Day, an observance when everyone is asked to wear jeans to show their support for victims of sexual assault. (jppi/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for victims of sexual assault are calling on people to wear denim tomorrow for international Denim Day. It began in 1992, when a judge in Italy overturned a rape conviction, saying that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, ther ...Read More

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