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  • 16 Jan 2014 8:32 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from OVC: On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the White House announced the release of Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013-2017 at the OVC Human Trafficking Survivor Forum and Listening Session.

    The Plan reaffirms the American values of freedom and equality and builds on the progress that our Nation has made in combating human trafficking and modern-day forms of slavery through government action as well as partnerships with allied professionals and concerned citizens.

    Read the Plan
    to learn more about its goals and objectives and the actions that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the United States are identified and have access to the services they need to recover.
  • 07 Jan 2014 10:20 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series -- Child Sexual Abuse and Disabilities on Thursday, January 16th at 2pmET / 1pmCT / 11amPT.

    Although children with disabilities are three times more likely to be sexually abused, these children have not garnered the same attention of policy makers, the media or community organization. There is also an alarming lack of primary prevention programs available to this population. In this important web conference, the speakers will provide insights into this emerging issue as well as some innovative programs and collaborations.

    Hosts: Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson
    Cost: Free

    Learning Objectives:
    • Increase understanding of the impact that disabilities may have in increasing the risk for sexual abuse.
    • Identify three barriers to implementing policies to enhance a child’s safety within an organization.
    • Articulate three actions you can take to ensure a child’s safety if she or he has a disability.
    • Sandra Harrell, Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice’s Accessing Safety Initiative
    • Keith Jones, President and CEO, SoulTouchin’ Experiences
    • Meg Stone, Executive Director, IMPACT Boston and Project Director IMPACT:Ability

  • 07 Jan 2014 9:36 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Child Sexual Exploitation: Scope of the Problem and Possibilities of Prevention presented by Sharon Cooper, MD and Cordelia Anderson, MA is one of three dynamic Pre-conference Sessions being offered in conjunction with the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse March 24-27, 2014 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL.
    Well beyond increasing awareness of the problems and risk reduction strategies, this training focuses on a wide range of methods used to combat exploitation and abuse. Participants will be provided an overview of the normalization of sexual harm, with special attention to the neurobiological impact of exposure to pornography on the developing brain and more broadly on children, youth, and culture. Barriers to effective prevention strategies, including the differences in public health, social justice, and criminal justice frames, are addressed.  In addition, several examples of actions across the socio-ecological model and the spectrum of prevention will be presented.  The session will help participants to take more effective action by discussing methods being used to counter demand, engage survivors and others, and build effective movements for social change.
  • 19 Nov 2013 11:41 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted: In partnership with the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, Stop It Now! has new prevention tools for parents and professionals involved with children with disabilities.  Children with disabilities are 3 times more likely to be sexually abused. Learn how to create safe and healthy environments specific to the needs of children with disabilities. 
  • 18 Nov 2013 1:47 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted: This fact sheet provides evidence-based research supporting the array of negative educational and academic outcomes, as well as long term economic and psychological consequences that may occur among youth exposed to child maltreatment. The fact sheet is located in CALiO in the Evidence Based Practice in the Prevention Fact Sheets and Public Awareness Tools section. 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.
  • 08 Nov 2013 11:30 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NCAC adds new professional bibliography: Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Selected Bibliography to CALio!

    Scope: This bibliography lists publications covering a wide variety of issues related to trafficking and sexual exploitation of children including law, prevention, and intervention. International publications are included and all are English language.
  • 24 Oct 2013 10:31 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Join hosts David Lee & Ashley Maier of PreventConnect/CALCASA with presenter Michele Ybarra of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research discuss her new study on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 11amPT/2pmET/1pmCT.

    Excerpt: As we seek strategies to prevent rape, we need to examine not only how to prevent sexual violence victimization, but we need strategies to prevent sexual violence perpetration. And to develop strategies to prevent sexual violence perpetration, we need to know about the perpetrators themselves. Yet, little information is known about youth perpetrators. A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics provides new insight. The study found that nearly 1 in 10 youths reported some type of sexual violence perpetration in their lifetimes. Join one of the study's authors to discuss the study and to explore implications for prevention.

    Objectives - By the end of the presentation, participants will:
    • Describe two key findings of the study.
    • Describe two implications of the study for prevention practice.
    • Apply study findings to your prevention work.

  • 22 Oct 2013 4:15 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Dr. Janet Rosenzweig asks What’s the impact of porn on kids? in her October 22nd blog for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Excerpt: If your children have access to a device with Internet access -- and it's a good bet that they do -- it's an equally good bet that they've been exposed to pornographic images. Sexually explicit images and erotic art have had a place in almost every culture, so observing a sexual image is not necessarily harmful. But it's all about context. Pornographic images are often reflections of sex that have nothing to do with real life and young people lack the context to know that. The very fact that such a private act is being shared with the world obliterates the concept of intimacy, and intimacy is an important aspect of sexual health and safety.

  • 15 Oct 2013 1:47 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    A guest post on the Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment's blog by Katie Gotch and Joan Tabachnick: Sexual Violence Perpetrators are Common Among Adolescents…or Are They? The Power of Language When Discussing Sexual Violence

    A recently published study entitled The Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents (Ybarra & Mitchell, 2013) has generated quite a response from both professionals and the mainstream media.  This response is not surprising as the article is one of the first investigations into the prevalence of sexual violence among adolescents who are not involved in the criminal justice system.

    This research is invaluable and we applaud the researchers for investigating such a difficult topic and providing some important baseline information about national rates of sexual violence in adolescence. However, the conclusions made from the data and even the title selected for this article have been problematic and, in many ways, represent a lost important opportunity for deeper discussion about this issue.

    The language used by the authors significantly impacted the message they provided and/or how it was perceived by others.  If our intent is to prevent sexual violence, then our words need to be framed in a way that allows people to begin a conversation about the behaviors we are trying to stop.  In our writing and our publications we need to begin to describe the behaviors that children and teens may engage in, rather than label these youth as “perpetrators.” 


  • 08 Oct 2013 10:12 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read the article! Nicole Ostrow, the Star Tribune, October 7, 2013

    Read the report! Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents, M Ybarra & K Mitchell in JAMA Pediatrics

    About one in 10 young people have committed some type of sexual violence during their life, according to one of the first studies to look at young male and female perpetrators on a national level.

    Research published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found about 10 percent of those 21 years old and younger said they committed an act of coercive sexual contact, including kissing or touching someone against the other person’s will, persuading someone to have sex with them when the person didn’t want to, attempted rape and completed rape.

    Monday’s study is one of the first to provide national estimates of young perpetrators of sexual violence. Researchers analyzed data from 1,058 people ages 14 to 21 who took part in the Growing Up With Media study from 2006 to 2012. 

    Perpetrators had more exposure to television, music, games and Internet sites that depict sexual and violent situations than those who didn’t commit the crimes, the authors found. About 40 percent of those who committed sexual violence did so for the first time by age 16, the paper said. Boys started younger but by ages 18 and 19, the number of male and female perpetrators were about equal. Females tended to have older victims, while males had younger victims, the researchers said.

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