Through the eyes of three families, All God’s Children tells the personal story of the first boarding school for children of missionaries to be investigated for abuse at the hands of the parents’ missionary colleagues. The survivors and parents share their journey of seeking justice, redemption and healing.
The Beardslee, Shellrude and Darr families left North America for West Africa during the 1950s. They followed what they believed to be “God’s Calling” – to spread Christianity throughout the world. Their children however - starting at the age of 6 – were required to attend the boarding school in Mamou, Guinea, run by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Cut off from their families for 9 months out of the year and without any reliable means of communication, the children quietly suffered emotional, spiritual, physical and/or sexual abuse at the hands of the all-missionary staff.
It took the children decades to acknowledge the effects the abuses had on their lives. When they finally dared to break the silence and speak out, the Church denied all allegations and refused to help. But through years of persistent activism the survivors and their parents finally compelled the Christian and Missionary Alliance to conduct an investigation and acknowledge the abuses. The healing could begin.
The investigation of the Mamou Alliance Academy was the first of its kind but has since inspired investigations at other schools of many different denominations.
Lead by trainer and content consultant Kimberly Womack, DHSc, MSN, ARNP-C, CEN, SANE-A, this training provides medical professionals with increased knowledge of sexual assault and the forensic medical exam process as well as practical skills necessary to perform the exam. The training is geared toward medical professionals: ARNPs, RNs, and physicians. The training will also be valuable to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates and crime lab analysts. Training topic highlights: Sexual Assault Response Team Roles Taking the Medical Forensic History Head to Toe Assessment/Forensic Documentation Trauma Identification Evidence Collection and Treatment Court Room Preparation and Testimony The training cost is $250 for the full week or $50 per day for individuals. Scholarship Information: Full tuition scholarships are available to communities within the state of Florida that send a complete Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) consisting of a nurse/physician, a law enforcement officer, a certified rape crisis program victim advocate, and a prosecutor. Scholarships for individual prosecutors are available through the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA). For information and applications for SART scholarships, please contact Micheala Denny at the FCASV (850) 297-2000. Prosecutors interested in the FPAA scholarship should contact their office directly at (850) 488-3070.
The training is geared toward medical professionals: ARNPs, RNs, and physicians.The training will also be valuable to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates and crime lab analysts.Training provides 40 CEUs for nurses and CLE credits for prosecutors.
Training topic highlights:
Sexual Assault Response Team Roles
Taking the Medical Forensic History
Head to Toe Assessment/Forensic Documentation
Evidence Collection and Treatment
Court Room Preparation and Testimony
The training cost is $250 for the full week or $50 per day. Full tuition scholarships will be given to any community that sends a team consisting of a nurse/physician, law enforcement officer, rape crisis program victim advocate and prosecutor.
Project Help will be providing Sexual Harassment 101 education on the FGCU campus on Action Day 2009. The presentation will be focused on educating and increasing awareness about sexual harassment on school campuses.
SisterSong's 2011 Let's Talk About Sex National Conference is a celebration of the movement for reproductive health, reproductive rights and reproductive justice. The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is to secure reproductive rights by amplifying and strengthening the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color.
This four-day conference will include workshops and plenary sessions on topics such as birth control, senior sexuality, STDs, microbicides, gynecological health and wellness, erotica, militarism, youth sexuality, and more, all through a reproductive justice lens. We are expecting 1,300 conference attendees to participate in engaging sessions that address before, during, and after sex!
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