On April 2nd, at the big green hill at Confluence Park, Denver’s Guerrilla Urban Art Force (GUAF) will stage a demonstration to advocate for victims of rape. Inspired when the man who raped one of their friends was found not guilty in spite of DNA evidence and the fact that his own sister testified against him, members of GUAF started a blog andfacebook page with the hope of bringing attention to the sensible, but apparently difficult-to-process concept that rape victims don’t ask for it and are not to blame for being raped.
The project, called “I Didn’t Ask For It: Rape is a Crime, Being Raped is Not” has inspired dozens of people from Maryland and New York to California and Washington, to create more than 150 flags in support of rape survivors and in protest of rape victim blaming for sexual assault awareness month this April 2011. The flags will be displayed on the big green hill at Confluence Park on Saturday, April 2nd from 9 – 11 am.
The 'clothesline project' is an event designed to bring awareness to the community about assault and for community members to receive information about our services. The clothesline project is held nationwide as "a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women."
National Center for Higher Education Risk Management
Investigating Campus Sexual Misconduct
An NCHERM Regional Seminar presented by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., W. Scott Lewis, J.D. and Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.
For years, campuses have sought models of resolution for campus sexual misconduct complaints that provide fairness, balance, and a measure of outcome satisfaction for the participants. We’ve tried adversarial hearings. Administrative hearings. Shuttle diplomacy. Mediation. Restorative justice. And, hybrids of each of these. For the most part, we’ve failed miserably. No one is ever happy. Justice is rarely done. Truth remains elusive. At best, we have tweaked our processes to minimize secondary victimization of complainants, but adding no further harm should not be our yardstick for success. Throw in the possibility of concurrent criminal prosecution, and the potential difficulties multiply.
Why can’t we get this right?
That’s simple. We’re trying to fit campus sexual misconduct into a student conduct/discipline framework like hazing, a roommate conflict, or some similar developmental challenge. With the wrong lens, you can’t take the right picture. Campus sexual misconduct is more accurately seen not as a conduct issue, but as a civil rights discrimination. When viewed through a civil rights and discrimination lens, the answer has been right there in front of our eyes for a long time. We resolve sexual harassment with an investigation model. We always have. And, very few people gripe about the process because it works. It’s humane, effective, efficient and can be integrated with relative ease into our current hearing and resolution models. We need to take a page from HR, and create a civil rights investigation model for addressing campus sexual misconduct. Civil rights investigation is not police-led investigation, and it is not the same as investigating a student conduct violation. It is a very specific, highly specialized skill-set. But, where do you to get the training you need in how to develop, implement and operate a civil rights investigation model for campus sexual misconduct? This event is designed for you.
This training will benefit you, whether you work in student affairs or student conduct and need a new model, or work in campus law enforcement or HR, and need to sharpen your civil investigation skills. In fact, anyone investigating any type of civil rights complaint will benefit from this training, including those investigating hate crimes, gender bias, racial, religious, ethic, and other discriminatory acts against any group or protected class. Prosecutors, sex crimes investigators, magistrates, victim advocates and judges are welcome too. Criminal justice authorities will gain insight into the campus process as well as picking up some investigation tips. Importantly, we’ll address the confluence of campus, civil and criminal processes, legal obligations that attach, and how we can all do our jobs cooperatively and collaboratively without obstructing each other.
9:00am – 10:15am -- A New Paradigm
• Comparative Resolution Models: Strengths and Weaknesses
o Adversarial/formal hearing models
o Informal hearing models
o Administrative hearings
o Critical Issues Boards/Sexual Misconduct Boards
o Shuttle diplomacy
o Restorative justice
• Meeting the aims of fairness, education, community protection, remedy and healing
• Introduction to the Civil Rights Paradigm
10:30am to noon -- The Civil Rights Investigation Model – Best Practices
• Who investigates?
o The investigation team model
o HR/Student conduct jurisdictional intersection issues
• Active v. passive accumulation of evidence
• Identification of witnesses
o Character witnesses
o Primary witnesses
o Secondary witnesses
o Expert witnesses
• Strategic investigation
o When to charge?
o When to question witnesses?
o When to question the respondent?
• Investigation best practices
o Feeling the flow of evidence
Noon to 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm to 2:30pm – Investigation Model Best Practices, Continued
• The Investigation Report
o Summarize your findings
o Tell a story and note gaps
o Make a finding on the question of policy violation, if the evidence suggests one
o Share your findings
• The Role of the Investigator
o In the hearing
o In sanctioning
o In remedial proceedings
• Hearing models and the Investigator
o Role as witness
o Influence on evidence
o Lying by witnesses
• The Investigation Model and Restorative Justice
2:45pm to 5:00pm – Mock Investigation
• Using a case study, participants will:
o Uncover evidence
o Follow the trail
o Question witnesses
o Conduct policy analysis
o Make a finding
SOPHE 61st Annual Meeting, "Healthy People 2020: Scaling New Heights"
Public health professionals working in disease prevention and health promotion have much to celebrate and still more to discover. At the conclusion of the Healthy People (HP) 2010 decade, we should pause to take stock of our achievements and learn from our challenges. At this conference, plenary speakers and presenters will share progress and discovery in disease prevention and health promotion, discuss goals and expectations for the next decade, and describe innovative strategies for achieving those objectives. Also, you will not want to miss out on all the celebrations as SOPHE concludes its 60th Anniversary year, and launches a new strategic plan for the years ahead!
Register Online for this FREE Conference! You must be an OVW Rural Grantee to attend.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Resource Sharing Project will provide a unique training opportunity for OVW Rural Grantees to enhance the provision of sexual assault services in the context of intimate partner violence. This national conference will bring together advocates, medical professionals, prosecutors and law enforcement community partners to share and learn as peers.
Workshop topics and sessions will address basic core competencies in the provision of sexual assault services to survivors of intimate partner violence, as well as more advanced topics. There will be something for everyone, so we hope you will join us!
There are a small number of scholarships avaliable for select participants. Please see the scholarship page of the conference website.
Join your legislators for a rally and proclamation to kick off SAAM 2010! This year's national theme is Prevention. There will be music by a Native American Music Collective and Cele Spink, a local spoken word artist. The SAVA Center's Theater group will perform scenes from their play, "Until Someone Wakes Up."
Covering a range of topics that impact victim safety and confidentiality, this conference will provide tools and best practices to enhance victim services programs and innovative partnerships. Attendees will learn and review best practices to effectively address critical technology and confidentiality issues.
Topics will include:
emerging technology safety issues
technology use within partnerships
GPS monitoring of offenders
safe and effective outreach to sexual assault victims
sexting, social networking, and information online
mandatory reporting laws
confidentiality and VAWA 2005 obligations
privacy and electronic health records
data collection, data sharing, and data retention
For any victim service programs or innovative partnerships, such as coordinated community response teams, co-located services, sexual assault response teams (SARTs), or comprehensive victim service centers, who are working to address domestic violence, dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking issues.
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