A Q&A with External Relation Intern Bailey

Bailey Skeeter

College: Loyola University Maryland 

Graduation Year: May 2023 

Major: Psychology, Minor African American Studies

  1. What sparks your interest in gender- based violence?  

From a psychological perspective, gender-based violence can have serious and lost-lasting effects on the mental health and well-being of survivors as rates of gender-based violence disproportionately impact women of color. Research has shown that women of color, particularly Black and Indigenous women, are more likely to experience gender-based violence and less likely to have access to resources and support. Providing resources and support for victims of gender-based violence regardless of their identity is critical in helping them to heal and recover from their experiences. As a college student, there are not enough conversations around building healthy relationships and resources made readily available to younger victims. I find so much passion for advocacy-based work and am excited for the opportunity in working with BWJP as I can learn about the important work that goes on behind the scenes, supporting victims via policy and initiatives to continue to be a support system for those who may not have one.  

  1. What are you looking forward to in this internship? 

Working with organizations like the Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) can be a valuable opportunity to learn about the various initiatives and strategies that are being implemented to support victims and prevent gender-based violence. This internship will allow for me to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and issues involved, as well as potential solutions and best practices which is an effective response to gender-based violence happening at each level, locally, nationally, and globally.  I am looking forward to connecting with a number of new people to hear about their experience in this work as we build to improve knowledge and resources throughout communities that are impacted by GBV. 

  1. How can organizations help young people amplify their voices in the gender-based violence movement? 

It is so important for organizations to uplift young people within the gender-based violence movement, which can take on many forms including:  

  1.  Encouraging and facilitating the participation of young people in decision-making processes related to gender-based violence prevention and response. 
  1.  Provide resources and support for young people to learn about and take preemptive steps to recognize what gender-based violence looks like.  
  1. Advocate for policies and initiatives that prioritize the needs and perspectives of young people in the context of gender-based violence. 

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