On January 11, 2010, CAST and their Coaltion partners across the state will be launching the first annual one- month awareness campaign that will culminate on February 12, 2010, Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, with a call to action to come together to abolish modern day slavery for good.
More information about local events is available online.
The Weekends of Recovery program is divided into two levels: Level I Weekends are open to all male survivors ages eighteen and older, regardless of where they are in their recovery process. Advanced Weekends are open only to alumni of MaleSurvivor Level I Weekends.
Goals of the Level I Weekend of Recovery
1. To provide an opportunity to experience a safe environment in which participants can discover they are no longer alone in their recovery
2. To provide an opportunity to co-create and experience safety with other survivors as they explore further aspects of their healing journey
3. To provide an opportunity where survivors can share their inner pain, strength and hope with others who have been abused
4. To provide an opportunity for survivors to give a voice to their experiences as a survivor
5. To provide a safe way for participants to share the story of their abuse with others who will understand and offer support
6. To provide a safe place for participants to experiment with letting go, opening up and being vulnerable, and practice asking for the support they need
7. To provide an opportunity for participants to explore safe ways of going beyond their comfort zones, and to find ways to get beyond their blocks to move beyond their abuse to experience a greater sense of freedom in their minds, bodies, and spirits and
8. To provide a safe place where participants can experience a sense of community, brotherhood and joy.
San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
The San Diego Conference focuses on multi-disciplinary best-practice efforts to prevent, if possible, or otherwise to investigate, treat, and prosecute child and family maltreatment.
The objective of the San Diego Conference is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in the prevention, recognition, assessment and treatment of all forms of maltreatment including those related to family violence as well as to enhance investigative and legal skills. Issues concerning support for families, prevention, leadership, policy making and translating the latest research into action are also addressed.
More information and registration available online.
San Francisco Women Against Rape and California Coalition for Women Prisoners
In Remembering We Rise: 13th Artists Against Rape
This dynamic event features local poets, artists and activists, speaking out against sexual assault and offers a unique supportive space for expression and community building. The event aims to help build an anti-violence movement that prioritizes survivors, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, low- income and incarcerated individuals, queer people, youth and others who have been marginalized or silenced. It is a night of healing and transformation through the arts.
This event promises to highlight a diverse mixture of seasoned and new performers and artists alike. Show your support of SFWAR and CCWP by attending the silent auction held before the event. All proceeds directly benefit SFWAR and CCWP mission of supporting survivors and their healing.
Please join us as we use art and celebration as tools for community resilience and personal healing. Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 8pm. Venue is wheelchair accessible and the show will be ASL translated. Please RSVP by Oct.29th for child care and/or shuttle from 19th Street Bart.
National Center for Higher Education Risk Management and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Investigation Training for Campus Sexual Misconduct Complaints and Other Civil Rights Grievances
This half-day training will convey best practices for investigation of student and employee civil rights grievances, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, hate acts, and other discriminatory actions.
Typically, colleges and universities rely on campus law enforcement, HR and student affairs (or student conduct) administrators to investigate civil rights complaints. This training will help you to ensure these key employees are well-trained to investigate civil rights violations. This training will also offer a model for investigating student civil rights complaints that does not rely on law enforcement, but empowers a strong student affairs investigation model. Campus sexual assault complaints are so difficult, in part because many colleges address them as conduct matters, to be resolved by a board or panel. These complaints, and similar offenses like stalking and relationship violence are conduct matters, but also potential civil rights violations. Therefore, they can be resolved like other civil rights violations, through an investigation model. You'll find this model helps to address these complaints quickly, more thoroughly, and with less anguish than the adversarial model colleges and universities have traditionally used.
The topics of this training include:
Who should investigate?
What background and skill sets should investigators have?
How does team investigation work?
Developing a witness list
Flowcharting witness connections
When to alert/charge the accused individual
Applying the standard of proof
Analysis of evidence
Documenting the investigation process
Preparing a report of findings
What to do with findings
The role of the investigator in hearings
This training will provide all registrants with an investigation best practices tip sheet, comprehensive investigation model materials, and a civil rights/sexual misconduct model investigation protocol.
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