This training will focus on the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault as well as stalking. Topics include:•Sexual Assault Dynamics - Effectively Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Assault•The Impact of Trauma on Memory and Overcoming Barriers to Successfully Interview Victims of Sexual Assault•Start by Believing Public Awareness Campaign•Unfounded Cases and False Reports•Gang-Related Violence Against Women and Girls•VAWA Forensic Compliance and Anonymous Reporting•Educating Judges and Juries on Victim Behavior in Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence•The Use of Technology to Stalk - Intermediate and Advanced Intervention•Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault•The Impact of DNA on the Sexual Assault Investigation•Investigating Sexual Assault: A Multidisciplinary Collaborative Approach
The Walk to Prevent Sexual Violence is scheduled for Saturday to increase awareness about sexual assault. Augusta State University, Paine College, University Hospital's Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services and WRDW-TV (Channel 12) are working together to host the walk as part of the partnership's second annual Take Back the Day observance.
The event begins at 9 a.m. after a brief ceremony at ASU's D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Amphitheatre . Registration , which begins at 8 a.m., is $10 for individuals, $15 for families and $5 for students.
Ridgeview Institute, Men Stopping Violence, Positive Impact, Metro Counseling Services, Georgia and Regional Imago Therapists of the Southeast (G.R.I.T.S), and Heartwork Counseling Center
The program will feature a screening of the Emmy-nominated Oprah Winfrey Show segment , "Two Hundred Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward", a facilitated panel discussion, and an opportunity to learn about local resources and support groups with a goal of providing male survivors with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from their experience. MaleSurvivor, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men through its membership program and weekend workshops has recently announced the launch of Dare to Dream. This program was developed in response to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” highlighting male sexual abuse and will focus on bringing a message of hope and healing while offering support for abuse survivors in several local markets, with its fourth installment in Smyrna, Georgia. Andy Dishman, LPC and Joanna Colrain, LPC, will facilitate the local MaleSurvivor Dare to Dream program. No cover or registration required. More information is avaliable online.
Join the VSU community during Take Back the Night -- an internationally held march and candlelight vigil to protest rape and other forms of sexual violence -- at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, on the VSU front lawn. The night will begin in front of West Hall and then journey throughout campus to hear from a variety of speakers.
Decorate your jeans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in the Student Union craft room or bring donated jeans to the Student Life Office by April 22. Jeans, decorated to bring awareness to sexual violence, will be displayed during Take Back the Night. Jeans 4 Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through creative awareness campaigns and thought-provoking educational programs. Even if you cannot or do not want to decorate jeans, please consider donating a few pairs to this worthy cause.
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