This online forum will provide a one-hour live real time xChange of information on April 12, 2011 from 2:30-3:30 pm Eastern on the effectiveness of bystander intervention approaches moderated by Dr. Victoria Banyard. Bystander intervention serves as the central theme and approach in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s 2011 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campaign: It’s Time…to Get Involved.
Participate in the continued discussion on bystander intervention through April 15th. This exchange will not be a real time discussion but the forum will be open for questions, responses and comments; responses will be posted daily.
"One in Eight: The Reality of Sexual Abuse in Youth Detention” is the first in a three-part series of webinars on providing services to survivors of sexual abuse in juvenile detention. This webinar will cover the juvenile detention system, focusing on the crisis of sexual abuse facing youth detainees. Expert presenters will review the offenses that most often result in the incarceration of young people, and the types of facilities that are used to detain them. The session will also look at the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards, which apply to youth facilities. The webinar will feature talks by community advocates as well as survivors of sexual abuse in youth detention. These perspectives will help shed light on why so many youth detainees – one in eight overall – are sexually victimized, and on the impact of this abuse on youth and their communities.
Who Should Attend: This webinar series is aimed at advocates and service providers – rape crisis center staff, counselors, and administrators – though anyone who works in the victim services field is encouraged to attend. Corrections officials, law enforcement, and other professionals in related fields are also invited.
The series is part of JDI’s National Sexual Violence in Detention Education and Resource Project, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. JDI is an international health and human rights organization that seeks to eliminate sexual violence in all forms of detention.
On April 25, 2009, thousands of people will take a Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault®. At dozens of sky dive facilities (“drop zones”) across the country, they'll take to the sky and jump. It's all part of Operation Freefall®, the boldest, highest-altitude and most daring event organized to put an end to sexual assault.
Women survivors of sexual violence are invited to take part in a weekend devoted to "Moving Forward." The programs will encourage wellness, wholeness, and connection - with yourself, and with a community of other survivors. We will celebrate how far we’ve come, while identifying what work we have left. It is our hope that you will leave the retreat feeling empowered, energized, and connected. Learn more about this retreat and register at: http://www.pandys.org/retreat
Cases of sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member can be difficult to prosecute. Misperceptions about the dynamics of incest can lead to inadequate response by victim service providers and other members of the system. Prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals can provide crucial support to children and families surviving incest by learning to identify and respond to their unique needs.Join us as Jennifer Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, and former prosecutor, and Alissa Mailen Perrotto, Online Resource Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and former children’s advocate, discuss strategies for preparing and litigating cases of incest while supporting children and families.By the conclusion of this presentation participants will be better able to:• Recognize the unique challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of incest cases• Overcome potential barriers in the prosecution of incest cases to improve offender accountability • Collaborate with advocates to decrease the likelihood retraumatizing child victims during investigation and prosecution
On April 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), in commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in coordination with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will present a Web Forum discussion with Anne Ream on best practices for raising awareness for survivors of child abuse and neglect. Ms. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative to bring the testimony of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public. She is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for Girl360.net, an empowerment project for tween girls; and a founding co-chair of CounterQuo, a national initiative to change legal and media responses to violence against women. Additionally, Ms. Ream serves on the advisory board of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and is a former co-chair of the Leadership Committee for Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates.
Visit the OVC Web Forum now to submit questions for Ms. Ream and return on April 7 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Learn how to participate beforehand so you are ready for the discussion.
Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention
Problems associated with sexual exploitation and victimization among homeless and runaway youth impact society on a daily basis. Statistics and anecdotal accounts consistently show that these youth are at great risk of sexual exploitation and sexual violence. In many communities, the services available for these youth are often not coordinated, resulting in inconsistent and disjointed services. The Safe Harbor Youth Intervention Project of Ramsey County, Minnesota (SHYIP) was formed in response to these needs. The goal of the team is to effectively intervene on behalf of these youths and to change the way systems respond to homeless and runaway youth. To date the teams’ efforts have resulted in significant success and notable system change!
The SHYIP team used the 8-Step Protocol Development Cycle (PDC) to assess needs, develop protocols and to design and conduct training initiatives. This webinar will give you an overview of the SHYIP team and how the PDC can help multi-disciplinary teams navigate the waters of collaboration and system change to improve services and outcomes for victims.
Anita Berg is the Executive Director of Partners for Violence Prevention (PVP). PVP provides facilitation and coordination that brings a variety of disciplines together to solve problems and create system change in St. Paul, Minnesota. PVP facilitates and coordinates the Ramsey County SHYIP team. Ms. Berg has been with PVP since January of 2000. Prior to her current position, Ms. Berg was the Director of Research and Quality for Allina Medical Transportation. Anita completed her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Management from Metropolitan State University in 1995, and was previously a Paramedic.
Emily Huemann, MS has been working in the field of sexual violence and domestic violence for over 19 years. Since 1996, Ms Huemann has worked at Sexual Offense Services (SOS) of Ramsey County and since 2000 has been supervising the program. SOS is the rape crisis program in Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving Ramsey County. The SOS program includes 2 staff and 40+ volunteer crisis counselors. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Sociology Department teaching on criminal justice.
Ms. Huemann has her Bachelor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice with her academic work concentrated on violence against women. This included her graduate thesis: a teaching practicum. The course topic was Domestic Violence taught to undergraduate criminal justice students. She currently serves on the Family Tree Clinic Board of Directors as President and previously served on the KFAI Board of Directors.
Since the 2003 passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the issue of sexual abuse behind bars has gained attention among many corrections and government officials, and some community-based victim advocates and medical professionals. However, too often victims of sexual abuse in detention still face extreme barriers in receiving proper medical, crisis intervention, and mental health services. This webinar will address the unique dynamics of sexual abuse in detention and how medical professionals, victim advocates and community-based Sexual Assault Response Teams can address teh unique needs of incarcerated victims. The webinar will include information about the prevalence of sexual abuse in both adult and juvenile facilities, barriers to victims' recovery, best practices for providing crisis intervention and counseling to victims, and the importance of prison-based SARTs.
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