Written by: Maia McCoy, MSW, Victim Services Coordinator Myth #1: Stalking happens only between intimate partners. Fact: It is true that overwhelmingly, stalking victims are stalked by an intimate partner. 44% of male victims and 61% of female victims are stalked by an intimate partner. However, many stalking cases occur between acquaintances. What this means…

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Written by: Maia McCoy, Victim Services Coordinator The word “trigger” has become so ubiquitous in our vernacular that it has lost meaning. “Trigger” is used when one’s buttons are pushed, when one is vexed, frustrated, or fed up. “I was so triggered.” However, many annoyances do not rise to the level of trauma, and by…

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VSS is launching their first ever calendar for 2018! The calendar is filled with pictures of the VSS staff’s pets. As well, the calendar has VSS events and National Days relating to victims of crime. This calendar is part of our 2017 Year-End-Campaign. What does this mean? If you make a donation of $50 or…

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We all hear about terrible tragedies every day on the news, but what they don’t show is the time and energy it takes victims of crime to pick up the pieces after these events.  VSS understands that this can be a long arduous process, and we are here to help victims every step of the…

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Every day we read, see and listen about the crime that is happening in our communities. For most people it is easy to dismiss the crime that has taken place because “I don’t live in that neighborhood”, “I don’t associate with those people”, or “I don’t engage in that behavior”. The sad truth is that…

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Every day we read, see and listen about the crime that is happening in our communities. For most people it is easy to dismiss the crime that has taken place because “I don’t live in that neighborhood”, “I don’t associate with those people”, or “I don’t engage in that behavior”. The sad truth is that…

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Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is known for his exuberant style and for hugging players during the game.  With the Seahawks poised for their first Superbowl win it’s impossible not to get caught up in the 12th man energy here in the Puget Sound.  Phil Jubie of Superb Construction is bringing his passion for football…

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If you are a victim or survivor of crime, you are probably familiar with terms such as trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and so on.  Many individuals also have the belief if you experience trauma and suffer from any of these symptoms, you are weak.  Maybe you have asked yourself the questions, why can’t…

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  When I start noticing signs of Christmas, that phrase is ever present in my thoughts.  I suspect this is so because I grew up with a mother that would pull out old record albums and play holiday music from Thanksgiving to Christmas; NONSTOP!!!  I am convinced my…

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