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.
Several community agencies including the Gender Equality Organization from FGCU, Project Help from Naples, and ACT from Fort Myers, will be putting together and participating in the first Take Back the Night event on this campus. It will start off with a guest speaker from Project Help, then the rally and the speak out with a speaker from ACT.
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.
Prevent Child Abuse America will present the only national level conference devoted to prevention of child abuse and neglect.
For now please get these dates in your calendar and if you have any special registration needs or questions we can answer now please contact Greer Thornton, Conference Services Manager at 312.334.6817 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conference is planning on having sessions dealing with sexual assault and harassment on campus; acquaintance and date rape; sexual violence in our armed forces academies; alcohol and date rape drugs; sexual assault and rape prevention programs; security and safety issues; sexual assault awareness programs; peer groups and peer education; advocacy and survivor services; men’s programs; stalking; dealing with the media; college students dealing with sexual violence; and many other issues dealing with sexual assault and violence in our schools.
Join us for the 1st SAFEta Regional Training: Creating a Community Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations, May 8th and 9th in beautiful Tallahassee Florida! This is a FREE two day training opportunity based on the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations. The training will benefit medical, legal, law enforcement and advocacy professionals. Community team members who are working to create or enhance existing community medical forensic examination protocols are encouraged to attend. The event will be enhanced by working together with fellow team members. 13.25 Nursing CEUs will be provided for attending the two day event. The faculty for this training opportunity will be experts from multidisciplinary teams around the United States. The Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee North will be the site of the training, which is a brand new facility in Tallahassee. A block of rooms has been reserved for this function for the special price of $95.00 per night! OVW grantees may be able to use their funds for attendance at this training event. Please consult with your grant manager.
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