Fighting the Good Fight: For Survivors, Communities and Ourselves
This year’s conference will highlight ways in which we can better advocate for the prevention of sexual violence in our communities, how to be better advocates to those who have survived sexual trauma and how to care for ourselves in the process.
There will be 4 learning tracks:
Healing and Self Care
Each is designed to provide you with useful information and tools that can take you and the work you do to the next level.
Are you working in culturally diverse communities? Do you sometimes feel you are getting burned out? Do you have a passion to branch out on your own? Have you thought about how to end abuses against women in your community? Is there a question about how to grow within your organization?
If you answered yes to any of these questions… This is the conference for you!!
This one day conference includes a continental breakfast, all you can eat lunch buffet, snacks and FREE PARKING.
The cost is of $20 for MCASA-WOCN members (as of Oct.1, 2009) and $30 for non-members.
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) provides funds and technical assistance to States, schools, and communities for programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. OSDFS programs emphasize positive, disciplined, high-achieving schools; strong parent and community involvement; effective school planning and preparedness; research-based prevention and education strategies; and the effective use of data by schools and States to select and improve high-quality programs and activities.
The 2009 OSDFS National Conference theme is The Power of Change: Healthy Students, Safe Schools, and Engaged Communities. Today's new economy, as well as ongoing changes in demographics and technology, require schools and communities to develop creative approaches to engage and prepare students for the roles and challenges they will face.
The goals of the 2009 National Conference are to:
Highlight information from research and evaluation studies that will support State and local officials in assessing needs, establishing priorities, and selecting the most effective programs and strategies.
Examine new trends, innovative approaches, and comprehensive, integrated strategies that may offer new approaches to both old and emerging problems and challenges.
Enable participants to build upon skills and receive training from practitioners in the fields of emergency management; health, mental health, and physical education; alcohol, drug, and violence prevention; civic and character education; and other areas related to school- and community-based prevention.
Showcase resources and tools developed by fellow practitioners and leaders in their respective fields.
Who Should Attend?
Education and prevention leaders
Representatives of Federal agencies and national associations
SEA, LEA representatives and Governor's staff
Public and private school administrators
Experts in the field of substance abuse and violence prevention
School personnel (teacher, counselors and health educators)
School safety and security officers, including school resources officers
Academic Discussion and Screening of the Highly Acclaimed: The Price of Pleasure A film by Chyng Sun Master Educator at NYU http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs021.snc1/3062_625343764602_68133224_ In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month Recently, the University of Maryland at College Park showed a porn film with much ado about free speech, but did not address the social and economic issues of pornography and the industry, as well as its impact on young people, relationships, and sexual violence. This is Montgomery College's chance to appropriately respond with intellectual criticism and academic inquiry. From the official synopsis: The film paints both a nuanced and complex portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, and liberty and responsibility are intertwined in the most intimate aspects of human relations. The film features interviews with scholars of mass media (Gail Dines and Robert Jensen), economics (Richard Wolff), and psychology (Dr. Ana Bridges); writers on pornography and popular culture (Ariel Levy and Pamela Paul); producers and performers from the pornography industry (John Stagliano, Joanna Angel and Ernest Greene); and a former stripper/porn performer-turned-author (Sarah Katherine Lewis). April 30 1:00-3:00 PM Student Activities Center (SAC) Rockville Campus, Montgomery College Discussion facilitated and moderated by Evin María Eldridge Student Organizer and Women's Studies Undergrad Presented by the MC Climbing Club; for more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
MCASA award recipients:
Joy Kathryn Dewey
University of Maryland Office of the Victim Advocate
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the programs of MCASA. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of ten. To purchase tickets, reserve a table, or become a sponsor contact Jennifer Pollitt Hill at 410-974-4507 or email@example.com or visit our website at www.mcasa.org .
Join the IAFN for a one-day Regional Symposium titled "Topics in Forensic Nursing." This symposium will focus on the issues of human trafficking, legal issues and courtroom testimony, and ethics. Please see the "Full Schedule" for the agenda of the day.
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault – Women of Color Network
About the Conference
This is a one day advocacy based conference designed to engage and inform communities of color about sexual assault, how it looks in those communities and what strategies we can use to address and prevent it. This year we are bringing a more global perspective to the issue and while still geared towards prevention we will be painting a truer picture of what sexual violence looks like around the world; and how, on a local level, women of color are being disproportionately affected.
Reflection on ‘Eastern’ based cultures/communities will be highlighted during the conference with speakers who represent Arab, Southeast Asian and Asian communities discussing the issue of violence against women generally and sexual violence in specific.
Conference Topics Include
Prevention vs. Risk Reduction * The Intersection of Racism and Sexual Violence * Human Trafficking * Honor Killings * Women’s Rights & Human Rights * Gender Parity * Violence in Muslim Communities * Strategies for Engaging Men in Our Communities and More. For More Information
Please E-mail: Kathy@mcasa.org * Call 410-974-4507 ext. 102 * Visit :www.mcasa.org
The investigation and prosecution of sexual assault is often one of the most intense, extensive, and critical undertakings of the criminal justice system. Right From the Start inspires to provide valuable information from a spectrum of professionals to enhance understanding of victims, offenders, medical evidence, and use of DNA in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.
Goals and Objectives
Attendees will learn:
• The victim’s experience of the system and tools to make the
system less traumatic and more effective;
• To understand the behaviors, patterns, and manipulations of
sexual offenders and how to interview more effectively;
• The importance of the sexual assault exam and how to identify
and document findings for best legal results;
• The CODIS system of DNA identification and how to make it
work for your agency;
• Prosecution strategies and issues, to facilitate building the case
for a successful prosecution.
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