For media inquiries, please contact Sheila Osterhuber.

April 26, 2017

Addressing Media Responses to Sexual Assault

'On behalf of the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) as well as survivors of rape and sexual assault, I am disappointed to learn that the private details of a victim - including the relationship to the perpetrator, children's ages and detailed accounts of the sexual assault process- were published by the V.I. Consortium this week.


Like a coffin that is opened for a viewing, the breach of privacy and lens of criticism that this story has entertained will leave the victim and their family exposed to a culture of rape that is unapologetic with condemnation, blame and misunderstanding. They will be re-victimized by the removal of trust for the community and now the media - a medium that is to serve as a vessel for truth and accuracy notwithstanding the weight of privacy and safety for victims, particularly those of sex crimes. Unlike a coffin with a deceased soul, however, the victim and their family are still alive. They are alive to hear the comments, see the screenshots and feel the pain that is triggered by betrayal of a media outlet that is entrusted with information for the purpose of educating the public about facts rather than sensationalizing the lives of real people, with real trauma and real issues that need to be supported instead of distracted by poor judgment. The impact of this instantaneous decision to press 'send' will have an everlasting impact on the victim and their family as they must now balance the crime with the feeling of being 'nude' for a figurative public stoning in a community whose response to rape and sexual assault can often be suffocating.


March 12, 2017

VIDVSAC Executive Director Commeds Woman for Act of Bravery

Following the permitted publishing of pictures showing the wounds of a female victim who had been savagely beaten by her boyfriend at the time, Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) Executive Director, Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason, issued a statement on Friday praising the victim, Carrel McBean, for the courage to come forward with the photos.

January 04, 2017

V.I. Organizations Join to Create ‘USVI Says NO MORE’

The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix (WCSC), the Family Resource Center (FRC) and the V.I. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) are partnering to coordinate ‘USVI Says NO MORE,’ a new territory-centered campaign for awareness and intervention on domestic violence and sexual assault.

October 29, 2015


The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council announced today via press release its formal collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands to promote sexual violence prevention education and awareness initiatives at both St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses.

October 14, 2016

Governor Mapp Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp urged victims and their families to seek assistance and for the community to work together to eliminate domestic violence here in the Virgin Islands.

October 08, 2016

VIDVSAC Opens New Office in St. Thomas

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July 25, 2016


ST. CROIX — Eleven registered nurses (RN) from the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) will now be able to conduct sexual assault examinations for victims of rape, the hospital announced today. The JFL nurses, along with nurses from the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and other healthcare providers completed a 40-hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE/SART) certification training on St. Croix and St. Thomas last week.

April 28, 2016

The Eradication and Prevention of Sexual Violence Are Possible

Oppression is ‘the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel or unjust manner;’ and ‘the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions and anxiety’ (1).
Oppression is sibling to expressions of abuse, coercion, domination and injustice – much like the descriptors of acts of sexual violence. This April, as we observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month and promote the national theme “Prevention is Possible,” you – the reader – is asked to take “a pause for the cause;” and, in this moment of reflection, you are also urged to seek a sense of urgency in examining, identifying and acknowledging oppression and the means through which it manifests in our community through your thoughts, your communication and your actions. Likewise, you are urged to assess how these concepts and norms perpetuate oppression through sexual assault and rape in our community.

February 05, 2016


The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (D.V.S.A.C.) is calling all teens ages 13-19, to attend its annual “Youth Wise Up” event on Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Great Hall, according to a press release D.V.S.A.C. issued on Tuesday.

January 09, 2016

Raising Awareness on Stalking, Human Trafficking, Social Consciousness

Every new year creates new opportunities for us to reflect, recharge and reset goals for various aspects of our lives to include our health, career, family, spirituality and other ‘priorities’ as we see it. We ask for support with our goals and even make requests for more money, less stress, more recreational time and less burden. Likewise, advocacy organizations ask for more donations, volunteerism and contributions to awareness and events. This year, however, the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) wishes to share a different approach for 2016: An Approach of Gratitude. We wish to ‘give thanks’ for all that has already been done and ‘thank you’ in advance for all that you are about to do to end family violence and sexual assault in our community for 2016 and beyond..

November 06, 2015

Legislature Repeals V.I. Code to Include Cyberstalking

Perpetrators of cyberstalking can now face 18 months imprisonment under The Virgin Islands Civil Procedure for Victims of Stalking Act passed on July 30.

October 08, 2015

VIDVSAC Announces Partnership

The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) has announced its partnership with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program (HIDTA) to launch a territory-wide prevention education program for junior high school students entitled ‘The Healthy School Initiative’, a press release DVSAC issued late Wednesday has revealed.

October 07, 2015

Mrs.USVI Globe Collaborates with The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council

The Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) has announced its collaboration with Mrs. USVI Globe, Tracie Stafford who is promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) activities and prevention education initiatives throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. .

April 04, 2015

Sexual Assault Awareness Month-IT’S TIME TO ACT

Love, compassion and respect. These are just a few qualities that the Virgin Islands community can reflect on as we observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) this April. The 2015 theme for SAAM is ‘Activist for Change’. Therefore, the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (VIDVSAC) wishes to encourage our community to ACT while raising awareness through ongoing conversations and support for victims, survivors and our partner agencies.

October 04, 2013

VI DVSAC Names Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council (VI DVSAC) has announced that Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason is its new executive director. DVSAC decided that Simmonds-Esannason’s qualifications, education and experience, along with her enthusiasm for the organization’s mission, meets the needs of the agency. 

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