These Trainer of Trainers will provide an opportunity for experienced trainers to: Get trained on how to implement this training with early childhood educators; Network with other trainers interested in providing training on this topic; Take home a training binder and a CD that includes the curriculum in English and Spanish. The sessions are designed for trainers who have experience training early childhood educators, providing training on child sexual development or child sexual abuse prevention, or working from a set curriculum. Space is limited so download more information and registration form for Amherst or for Fall River.
Film screening of "Secret of the Dawn" and panel discussion about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to end it. The documentary includes footage of Healthy Tomorrow's sister group Sini Sanuman, working to stop FGM in Mali. Susan McLucas will lead a panel discussion about FGM and efforts to stop it.
Many complicated issues arise when a child is exposed to a traumatic event as a result of a violent crime. This 2-day interactive training is designed for victim advocates who want to develop knowledge and skills to provide appropriate services for children experiencing trauma and grief as a result of violence. You will examine how children perceive death, how they process grief and trauma, and how you can recognize the signs of grief and trauma in children and support their recovery. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, victim service providers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement can improve existing services and create new opportunities to support child living with grief.
U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights invites participants to register for the upcoming conference, Title IX and Sexual Assault: Exploring New Paradigms for Prevention and Response. This will be an opportunity for institutions of higher education to discuss prevention, best practices, and Title IX compliance. Topics covered will include:
Colleges' rights and responsibilities under Title IX
Elements of a prompt and equitable response to allegations of sexual assault and violence
Current research and statistics about sexual assaults on college campuses
Coordinating effective investigations of sexual assault cases
Best Practices: campus education and prevention programs in relation to sexual assault
Programs for changing campus climate
A varied array of campus staff are encouraged to attend, including Title IX coordinators and general counsel, campus security and local law enforcement personnel, health and counseling professionals, faculty, student life administrators, coaches, and representatives from judicial affairs.
The conference is free of charge, but space is limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.
Come to Boston on June 25th and 26th, 2011, for two days of Radical Feminist education, organizing and networking. Women and men from all over the world will be exploring classic and contemporary radical feminism as well as developing local and international strategies for building organizations of resistance. We will have presentations, workshops, and discussions on:
• Globalization and the exploitation of women’s labor
• Fighting the global sex industry
• Theoretical and activist splits in contemporary feminism
• International strategies for radical feminist organizing
• Movement building through social media
• Radical feminist critiques of third wave feminism, postmodernism, and queer theory
Presenters include Gail Dines, Sheila Jeffreys, Lierre Keith, Saba Malik and more. Special guest appearances include feminist activists from Norway and other countries to talk about their extraordinary successes in fighting the sex industry.
From June 27-30th there will be an optional media literacy institute and Stop Porn Culture training.
National Center for Higher Education Risk Management
Investigating Campus Sexual Misconduct
An NCHERM Regional Seminar presented by W. Scott Lewis, J.D. and Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.
For years, campuses have sought models of resolution for campus sexual misconduct complaints that provide fairness, balance, and a measure of outcome satisfaction for the participants. We’ve tried adversarial hearings. Administrative hearings. Shuttle diplomacy. Mediation. Restorative justice. And, hybrids of each of these. For the most part, we’ve failed miserably. No one is ever happy. Justice is rarely done. Truth remains elusive. At best, we have tweaked our processes to minimize secondary victimization of complainants, but adding no further harm should not be our yardstick for success. Throw in the possibility of concurrent criminal prosecution, and the potential difficulties multiply.
Why can’t we get this right?
That’s simple. We’re trying to fit campus sexual misconduct into a student conduct/discipline framework like hazing, a roommate conflict, or some similar developmental challenge. With the wrong lens, you can’t take the right picture. Campus sexual misconduct is more accurately seen not as a conduct issue, but as a civil rights discrimination. When viewed through a civil rights and discrimination lens, the answer has been right there in front of our eyes for a long time. We resolve sexual harassment with an investigation model. We always have. And, very few people gripe about the process because it works. It’s humane, effective, efficient and can be integrated with relative ease into our current hearing and resolution models. We need to take a page from HR, and create a civil rights investigation model for addressing campus sexual misconduct. Civil rights investigation is not police-led investigation, and it is not the same as investigating a student conduct violation. It is a very specific, highly specialized skill-set. But, where do you to get the training you need in how to develop, implement and operate a civil rights investigation model for campus sexual misconduct? This event is designed for you.
This training will benefit you, whether you work in student affairs or student conduct and need a new model, or work in campus law enforcement or HR, and need to sharpen your civil investigation skills. In fact, anyone investigating any type of civil rights complaint will benefit from this training, including those investigating hate crimes, gender bias, racial, religious, ethic, and other discriminatory acts against any group or protected class. Prosecutors, sex crimes investigators, magistrates, victim advocates and judges are welcome too. Criminal justice authorities will gain insight into the campus process as well as picking up some investigation tips. Importantly, we’ll address the confluence of campus, civil and criminal processes, legal obligations that attach, and how we can all do our jobs cooperatively and collaboratively without obstructing each other.
9:00am – 10:15am -- A New Paradigm
• Comparative Resolution Models: Strengths and Weaknesses
o Adversarial/formal hearing models
o Informal hearing models
o Administrative hearings
o Critical Issues Boards/Sexual Misconduct Boards
o Shuttle diplomacy
o Restorative justice
• Meeting the aims of fairness, education, community protection, remedy and healing
• Introduction to the Civil Rights Paradigm
10:30am to noon -- The Civil Rights Investigation Model – Best Practices
• Who investigates?
o The investigation team model
o HR/Student conduct jurisdictional intersection issues
• Active v. passive accumulation of evidence
• Identification of witnesses
o Character witnesses
o Primary witnesses
o Secondary witnesses
o Expert witnesses
• Strategic investigation
o When to charge?
o When to question witnesses?
o When to question the respondent?
• Investigation best practices
o Feeling the flow of evidence
Noon to 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm to 2:30pm – Investigation Model Best Practices, Continued
• The Investigation Report
o Summarize your findings
o Tell a story and note gaps
o Make a finding on the question of policy violation, if the evidence suggests one
o Share your findings
• The Role of the Investigator
o In the hearing
o In sanctioning
o In remedial proceedings
• Hearing models and the Investigator
o Role as witness
o Influence on evidence
o Lying by witnesses
• The Investigation Model and Restorative Justice
2:45pm to 5:00pm – Mock Investigation
• Using a case study, participants will:
o Uncover evidence
o Follow the trail
o Question witnesses
o Conduct policy analysis
o Make a finding
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