Vera House

September 24, 2017 - 9:41am
LadyFest Syracuse provided a safe space for the celebration of music and art on Saturday night with profits going toward Vera House.


This Saturday, while Paul McCartney played in the Carrier Dome, an all-inclusive music-based feminist festival, LadyFest, held its fourth annual social gathering to champion “women, POC, and the LGBTQIA+ community.”

March 29, 2017 - 10:43pm
Hundreds of Syracuse students and residents marched and chanted to share their commitment to end sexual violence.

Hundreds of Syracuse University students, faculty members and Syracuse residents gathered at Hendricks Chapel on Wednesday night, March 27 to raise awareness for a common cause: speaking out against sexual violence.

September 28, 2015 - 7:45pm
LadyFest Syracuse, a one-day mini festival dedicated to feminism provides a space for female-empowered creativity and expression.

On Saturday Sept. 26, the Westcott Community Center was packed with people of all ages and genders at the second annual LadyFest Syracuse event.  Live music, feminist spoken word and artwork viewings were just some of the activities that guests enjoyed at the feminist music and arts festival. 

February 27, 2015 - 1:59pm
Gabriella Kreuz wants to give back to the people and organizations that helped her after her time in a violent relationship, and help others in similar situations.

It was 5 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2011. Gabriella Kreuz and her boyfriend were arguing again, and once again, he became physical. This was not the first time that her boyfriend physically harassed her. But this time, someone heard the argument and called the police. As a result, her boyfriend was kicked off the campus and given a restraining order.

October 22, 2014 - 8:36am
A new football-themed play, "Drafters, A Parable," has roots in a men's workshop designed to champion preventative conversations about violence against women.

Imagine a play without a script, without characters, without a plot.

What’s left?

For Ryan Hope Travis, 29, the answer is artistic freedom.

April 15, 2013 - 10:14pm
Several of Syracuse's toughest women bust out the brawn to benefit the Vera House.

Muscles bulged, arms twitched, and attitudes flared at the Metro Lounge on April 12.

April 2, 2013 - 11:54am
Faculty members weigh in on the issue of sexual abuse on campus and work to get more of the campus involved in combating this issue.

Young women are often told: Don’t walk alone at night. Always keep an eye on your drink at a party. And please, don’t dress too provocatively. These tips are for women to avoid being attacked, assaulted or raped by men. But, SU officials are working to get everyone involved in the preventative measures.

February 10, 2013 - 11:45pm
The Student Association for Sexual Safety and Empowerment put on its annual benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" on campus this weekend.

“Let’s start with the word ‘vagina”, begins Eve Ensler’s play, “‘The Vagina Monologues;’ “it sounds like an infection at best, a medical instrument maybe.”

Originally created as a celebration of vaginas and sexual empowerment, “The Vagina Monologues” has become a widespread art movement about ending sexual violence against women.

May 29, 2009 - 1:12pm
Competition runs high when SU sororities play Powder Puff football for charity.

A wide receiver and cornerback matched glares as the sun set over a vast grass field on a Sunday afternoon. Tension runs high as the crowd chants and cheers as they line the sidelines. One score could end the game as the teams compete in overtime of the championship game.

Amidst all these scenes of a typical football game there is something different. The players on the field are not wearing a helmet and pads, they are wearing flags. The players are not bulky men ready to bring down the opponent at all costs, but rather sorority girls eager to pull a flag off their counterparts.

May 4, 2009 - 10:33am
In tough economic times, Vera House gets support from student interns.

Vera House, like many nonprofit organizations, is facing massive budget and funding cuts because of the economy. But there is one valuable resource that will not be cut - SU student interns.

"Having the students here is a really big help to the work that we're doing," said Randi Bregman, the Executive Director of Vera House. By her estimate, the organization has lost about 5 percent of its budget because of funding cuts and has had to implement a hiring freeze. Because of this, she said, having interns decreases the pressure on staff members who have had to take on more work.