The Untested Rape Kit Crisis and Cold Case Sexual Assault ProsecutionsIn 2009, over 11,300 untested rape kits were discovered in a Detroit Police Department property storage facility. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, a two and one-half year project was begun to determine why the kits went untested and to develop strategies for preventing this type of crisis from reoccurring.Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor will discuss why the kits went untested for decades and the importance of utilizing a victim-centered approach when notifying victims that their case has been re-opened. In addition, she will provide insights into the investigative process and what prosecutors need to successfully charge and convict offenders in cold case sexual assaults. Any doubts as to the value of testing older rape kits will be quickly dispelled by the project results which have already resulted in the identification of numerous serial offenders. Presenter: Kym L. WorthyOn January 6, 2004, in Detroit, Michigan, Kym Loren Worthy was sworn in as the chief law enforcement officer of Wayne County. Surrounded by family and friends, it was a historic moment as Worthy became the first African-American, and the first woman, to become the Wayne County Prosecutor. The 63-member bench of the Wayne County Circuit Court appointed Worthy to the position. Worthy has run unopposed in every election. She is strongly committed to the mission of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office i to pursue justice, to safeguard the community by demanding accountability for those who commit crimes and to enhance the quality of life by changing the culture of violence. Worthy earned her undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She is the mother of Anastasia, 16 and 4 year-old twin daughters Alessondra and Anniston.
Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. In 2014, NCVRW will be observed April 6–12, 2014 and the theme is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."
For the past 15 years, Peace Over Violence has run the Denim Day in L.A. and USA campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day will be held on April 23, 2014 and will focus on educating the community at large on the legal definition of consent.
Catcalls, sexist comments, flashing, groping, stalking, and assault impact all women and many men, especially in the LGBQT community. IT MUST END.Join us March 30 - April 5 as we rally, march, and hold workshops, tweet chats and chalkwalks to bring attention to this problem & engage our communities in solutions.
This webinar explores the link between intimate partner violence and animal abuse, focusing on strategies and options for supporting victims and their pets in shelters and through outside resources. By the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
Understand the link between animal abuse and intimate partner violence
Recognize resources and tools to screen for animal abuse and assist victims’ pets
Identify strategies for creating a welcoming space for pets and victims in shelters and programs
Join Prevent Child Abuse America in Jacksonville, FL from May 18 - 21 for The National Conference for America's Children! Take in lectures from world-renowned experts such as Dr. Bruce Perry and Robin Karr-Morse, participate in trainings and workshops on timely topics spanning brain architecture, home visitation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, organizational development and many more, and network with like-minded professionals equally committed to healthy starts for our nation's children!You won't want to miss this, and they don't want you to either! That's why they're announcing several cost-saving options today to help you make the journey to Jacksonville a little easier:
If you're willing to volunteer by monitoring workshops, they'll offer a $50 reduction in registration to the first 20 applicants! This is a great way to learn from their great workshops while saving a little bit on the bottom line.
The Early Bird gets the lunch! Register now to not only take advantage of their Early Bird registration rate (register before April 1!), but also to be entered into a contest to attend a private lunch with Dr. Bruce Perry! Save some money and give yourself a chance to chat with one of the most accomplished researchers in the world of infant mental health.
On Friday, April 11, 2014, VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center will host its annual Suffolk County Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Conference at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College. The goal of this event is to bring together community stakeholders to share knowledge and ideas about how to prevent and respond to sexual assault. This event will be open to the entire community, drawing participants from various fields, including law enforcement, education, and other human service agencies. The day’s events will include a continental breakfast and networking lunch, morning panel session, workshops, and closing plenary address.The theme of this year’s conference is “Beyond Stranger Danger: Uncovering the Truth about Child Sexual Abuse” The focus of this event will be on the prevention of and response to child sexual assault. Throughout the conference we will highlight Enough Abuse Suffolk, one of three New York pilot sites participating in the Enough Abuse Campaign.This campaign, developed in Massachusetts with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focuses on adult and community responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse, and we are so excited to share this revolutionary initiative with conference attendees!Additional details and registration information will be available in early March on VIBS' website. Please contact Lindsay Schoenig with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!
AFLV and Campus Pride announced a strategic partnership between the West Fraternal Leadership/National Cultural Greek Leadership Conference (WFL/NCGLC) and the Out & Greek LBGT & Ally Conference.Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBT and ally college students and campus groups. The organization initiated its Lambda 10 Project in 1995 to create visibility and support of LGBT members of the college fraternity. The project works actively to develop resources and educational materials to educate on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.The Out and Greek LGBT & Ally Conference is the only conference of its kind for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities.
AGENDA: Ask us your questions regarding male inclusive SAAM activities.NSVRC's Laura Palumbo and 1in6 staff will field your questions.Share your SAAM ideas, challenges and successes.We want to know. How did you make it happen?Inclusive materials and social media messages: FREE Brochures, PSAs, Social Media, etc.White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault:Why should we consider trauma-informed policies inclusive of the 1 in 6 men on campus?FEATURED PANELISTS:Laura PalumboPrevention Campaign Specialist, S.A.A.M. CoordinatorNational Sexual Violence Center Resource CenterAndrea Falzone, Psy.D.Licensed Psychologist/Sexual Assault SpecialistPennsylvania State UniversityCenter for Counseling and Psychological ServicesHolly M. Rider-MilkovichDirector, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness CenterCo-Chair, Abuse Hurts InitiativeUniversity of Michigan
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