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.
Help Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Shatter the Silence about Sexual Violence
an outdoor public rally to kick-off
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Get out of your office and enjoy lunch outdoors! Lunch for sale on site or bring your own.
Music and live entertainment provided.
Rain or shine. Street and garage parking nearby.
For more information, call Teresa at 216-619-6194 x103
The Butler County Rape Crisis Program is hosting a professional conference on sexual trauma, featuring presentations by national sexual violence experts David Lisak, Ph.D., and Terri Spahr Nelson, MSSW, LISW. CEUs are available. Please call the Rape Crisis Program at 513-523-4149 for more information.
Participants of the 2008 Annual Ohio Statewide Sexual Violence prevention conference will have the opprotunity to hear national speakers give practical solutions on how to create change using all six levels of the Spectrum of Prevention.
This conference will also provide additional education on topics such as Prevention Ethics, and Secondary Trauma as well as an informational workshop with the Ohio Department of Education. For More Information Please contact:
Jill Endres, Sexual Violence Prevention Technical
Assistant and Trainer
Phone: 614-781-9651 ext. 234
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program
The U.S. Department of Justice is proud to announce that this year's annual national conference designed to combat the online exploitation of children will be held in Columbus, Ohio, September 23-26, 2008.
Each year, the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) National Conferences are designed to bring hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement investigators, forensic experts and prosecutors together to participate in workshops and lectures to further their knowledge while providing them with the tools necessary to combat the online exploitation of children. This year, we plan to stage a single conference in place of the separate ICAC and PSC conferences held in previous years. This combined conference will allow us to multiply our strength through joint training and sharing of best practices while continuing to build relationships across agencies and jurisdictions, especially between federal law enforcement and the ICAC Task Force. Past conference evaluations support our belief that these events provide an unrivaled opportunity to further the education of participants while enhancing their skills to protect America's children.
As our plans progress for our 2008 Conference they will be posted to our web site so please visit this site regularly to keep abreast of the latest plans.
Ohio Chapter-International Association of Forensic Nurses
-Recall five obstacles that prevent us from ending child abuse.
-Identify changes taking place in child protection system that will reduce and perhaps eliminate child abuse over the course of the next three generations.
-Analyze the sexual offender's thinking and behavior and their relationships with their victims.
-Distinguish the subtle manipulations and overt deception techniques of the offender.
-Examine personal and social standards, biases, and values that may assist or facilitate sexual assault.
-Describe the expanding role of forensic nurses in mass disaster.
-Identify differences regarding nurse's adaptation to disaster triage, care in the hospital setting and educational requirements.
-Explain the deployment of personnel and material, the logistics and the operations required during a Mass Fatality Incident(MFI).
-Review past challenges to anticipate the complications and obstacles inherent in a projected model of a pandemic (MFI). Registration:
Diane Daiber RN, SANE-A
Hillcrest Hospital-North Campus 159
6777 Mayfield Rd.
Mayfield Hts., Ohio 44124
On April 29 – May 1, 2009, the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence will hold our first national conference in Columbus, Ohio: Innovation Through Collaboration: Building a Community Response to Family Violence. Five programming tracks – Business, Health Care, Legal, Victim Services, and Faith – will offer over 49 workshops highlighting promising practices, emerging issues, and collaborative efforts in addressing family violence in our communities.
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