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  • 12 Mar 2014 1:35 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From the Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society website --

    This course is designed to help students develop their own ethical standpoint about sex and sexual behavior.  They are discouraged from developing a relativistic perspective that “anything goes” or that leaves them saying “I can’t judge anyone else.”  They are taught that making judgments is different than acting “judgmental” towards their peers or others.  Units on sexual abuse of children and prostitution push them to develop ethical viewpoints rather than remain in the comfort of a “who am I to judge?” position.  In this sense, this course is unlike many courses that ask students to develop tolerance.  Tolerance for others’ behavior can only be justified through reasoning that students develop about human rights or virtues of character.

    Students who come to the course with ethical viewpoints that are somewhat established are urged to explore the foundation of their stances. Rather than treating a religious perspective as one of many viewpoints available to be chosen from a menu, students whose morals are embedded in religion are still asked to examine the foundation of those morals in terms of the rights and virtues therein.

  • 10 Mar 2014 2:10 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from PreventConnect: In February 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States - 2010, describing the prevalence and context of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization using data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings discuss IPV victimization, frequency, severity, patterns, need for services, and impacts to more fully convey this public health burden.  In the web conference, CDC's Matt Breiding will describe the findings of the report. We will then explore the implications for prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence and dating violence.

  • 27 Feb 2014 3:22 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from PCAA: Join us in Jacksonville from May 18 - 21 for The National Conference for America's Children!  Take in lectures from world-renowned experts such as Dr. Bruce Perry and Robin Karr-Morse, participate in trainings and workshops on timely topics spanning brain architecture, home visitation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, organizational development and many more, and network with like-minded professionals equally committed to healthy starts for our nation's children!

    You won't want to miss this, and we don't want you to either! That's why we're announcing several cost-saving options today to help you make the journey to Jacksonville a little easier: 
    • If you're willing to volunteer by monitoring workshops, we'll offer a $50 reduction in registration to the first 20 applicants! This is a great way to learn from our great workshops while saving a little bit on the bottom line.
    • The Early Bird gets the lunch! Register now to not only take advantage of our Early Bird registration rate (register before April 1!), but also to be entered into a contest to attend a private lunch with Dr. Bruce Perry! Save some money and give yourself a chance to chat with one of the most accomplished researchers in the world of infant mental health.
  • 31 Jan 2014 11:04 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From NEARI: Please join us for our next online webinar in this 2013-2014 NEARI Press series. Toni Cavanagh Johnson will present on Tuesday, February 18th at 3 PM EST. Space is limited, so please register now to be guaranteed a spot!
    Title:  Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors:  What's Natural and Healthy
    Date:  Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
    Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
    If you want to buy Toni's excellent booklet by the same title, "Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors:  What's Natural and Healthy", before the webinar, you can call NEARI Press at 1.888.632.7412 and ask for the special $5.00 price (includes shipping).   

  • 31 Jan 2014 10:41 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from the Press Release dated January 27, 2014:

    Today the National Child Protection Training Center at Gundersen released When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program, authored by Victor Vieth, Executive Director Emeritus. The Assessment is an analysis of the efforts USA Swimming has undertaken since the 2010 media reports and ongoing lawsuits exposed a culture of hiding sexual abusers, and recommends dozens of changes to ensure the safety of the 93% of swimmers who are still children.
    Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), worked closely with Mr. Vieth during the research and writing phase of the Assessment, and the WSF served as an official reviewer for the final draft of the Assessment.
    Sexual, verbal and physical abuse is fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the Olympic movement and youth serving organizations. While misconduct occurs at all levels of sports, the International Olympic Committee’s research demonstrates that abuse is more likely to exist in elite sport. (IOC, 2007) The Women’s Sports Foundation looks forward to the day when the protections listed in the Assessment are performed routinely, and sport is a safe haven for those participating.   
    The Assessment recognizes that USA Swimming still has those within its sport that are reluctant to take further steps to protect children. But experts in child protection know well that abusers operate best in organizations that seldom discuss child abuse, either because the topic makes them uncomfortable, or because they do not think it is a sporting organization’s responsibility to protect children from child abusers. The voices advocating for silence or simple solutions must not prevail.

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  • 31 Jan 2014 10:37 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From the Bolster Collaborative, a new video entitled: A Beautiful Body.

    Summary: How do we help our children understand the beauty of their bodies? This compelling story shows how one father helped his daughter redefine beauty from how her body looks to the wonderful things her body can do as she engages with her world.

  • 24 Jan 2014 9:04 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The NCAC's fact sheet series, "As a Matter of Fact," discusses key research findings on the importance of child abuse prevention.  These fact sheets are intended to promote the use of research to guide child abuse prevention practices.

    All of NCAC's fact sheets are designed to be used as a public awareness tool by any organization, community, or individual.  They may be downloaded, printed, and distributed as needed.

    Read The High Risk of Poly-victimization!

  • 22 Jan 2014 12:32 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read Dr. Janet Rosenzweig blog posted January 21, 2014 on www.Philly.com: Create a winning team for safety in youth sports!

    Fall means soccer, winter brings basketball, and then finally we get to play baseball; so go the seasons of childhood. As parents, we idealize the gifts that youth sports can bring to kids such as improving physical fitness, learning about teamwork, and experiencing the thrill of victory. But the Sandusky tragedy reminds us that even people who seem to have our kids’ best interests at heart may not.

    Parental involvement with kids’ sports has always been beneficial to family relationships and children’s self-esteem. Now we’re reminded that child safety is also enhanced by the presence of a parent or other observant adult at practices and games. A convicted pedophile that I interviewed for The Sex-Wise Parent told me that “nothing makes a child less attractive than having his parent around all the time.” Most of us can’t be around all the time, but we can take steps to ensure that there is always one adult with eyes on your child.
  • 17 Jan 2014 4:04 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted: NCAC announces pre-conference Session - How You Can Prevent Cyberbullying, Sexting, Social Media Issues, and Tomorrow's Cyber Challenges presented by Richard Guerry at the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, AL March 24-27, 2014.
    This training will offer every attendee, despite age and technological advancement, a guideline to know how never to face a self-inflicted challenge in the digital world through the installation of a Digital Consciousness™.
    Participants will learn how to prevent and solve issues of sexting, cyberbullying, poor social media and app behaviors, and almost any other cyber issue, current or future. In addition, this training will teach how to obtain awareness of negative, irresponsible, and malicious digital behaviors and trends, as well as methods to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a cybercrime, cyberbullying, and digital exploitation. 
  • 17 Jan 2014 3:30 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted: On January 28, 2014, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), will present "When the Abuse of Animals Co-Occurs With Child Abuse." Animal abuse is often a symptom of other violence in the home, and children who witness it may engage in aggressive behavior toward people and animals.

    This Webinar will focus on the link between animal cruelty and child abuse and highlight intervention strategies, including team responses, talking with children about their experiences with animals, animal-assisted activities to help maltreated children who have witnessed animal abuse, and programs to assist family members with animals to flee abusive homes and find safety.

    Resources: Register for this free Webinar.

    View and download a free NDAA publication addressed to prosecutors who handle cases involving animal and child abuse.
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