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  • 23 Feb 2015 10:08 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    From PreventConnect on February 3, 2015: 

    In this podcast, Move to End Violence (MEV)  staff person and Movement Maker Trina Greene describes the opportunity to apply to become a Movement Maker.  MEV, a program of the NoVo Foundation,  is a ten year initiative designed to strengthen leaders, organizations, and ultimately the movement working to end violence against all girls and women in the United States. MEV seeks to  cultivate a critical mass of leaders working together strategically towards a shared vision, with the capacity to affect great social change.

    Applications to become a Movement Maker are due March 2, 2105. MEV is hosting informational calls on February 5, 12 and 19, 2015. For more information go to Move to End Violence.

  • 05 Feb 2015 8:10 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    PreventConnect announces the next Ending Child Sexual Abuse Webinar Series. Bridging Knowledge in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Promising Practices in Indigenous Communities will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2pmET!

    Comprehensive prevention practices must include culturally competent components. Preventionists do not need to be experts on these beliefs, but must have a foundational understanding of the intersections of child sexual abuse, cultural norms, and societal pressures, to create community centered programing. In this web conference, we will highlight Indigenous communities and the work community members are doing to end child sexual abuse.

    This web conference is a part of PreventConnect and Ms. Foundation for Women's third year of the #PowerInPrevention: Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe child sexual abuse and prevention dynamics within indigenous communities
    • Name three key elements about culturally specific programming
    • Identify key strategies and promising practices

  • 16 Dec 2014 3:23 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Adapted summary: Talking about sex and sexuality is a powerful prevention technique when addressing child sexual abuse prevention. As adults we can become absorbed in the ways sex and sexuality are used to harm children, but it also becomes crucial to identify how encouraging healthy sexuality in children promotes a space for richer dialogues when discussing ways to keep them safe.

    This web conference is a part of PreventConnect and Ms. Foundation for Women's third year of the #PowerInPrevention: Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series. Join us 1/21/15 at 2pmET! Register!

    Hosts: Leona Smith Di FaustinoJoan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson

    Learning Objectives:

    • Increase understanding of how promotion of healthy sexuality fits within prevention of child sexual abuse
    • Learn about applications of sexuality knowledge with children, youth and communities
    • Learn how to face barriers and apply key tools


  • 10 Dec 2014 4:04 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Adapted summary: “Rape threats online are just the digital version of pervasive street harassment,” said Soroya Chemaly, a blogger and activist on issues regarding gender, hate crimes and misogyny. She added that “It seems to me that boys behaving this way is only more apparent because of the nature of the Internet.” In some cases, she could find the young man’s mother’s contact information by reviewing their Facebook profile. As the above tweet demonstrates, she’s had at least one successful case where the mom has agreed to speak with her son. Sexual harassment often starts at an early age and -- for young men engaged in that activity -- there are intervention strategies that can sometimes help re-direct and rehabilitate the young man. While sexual harassment, including rape threats, is never OK, one should not assume that the person committing the harassment is beyond redemption, especially if they are young.

  • 10 Dec 2014 3:55 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Adapted summary: This webinar is based upon the free book titled "Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention" written by Joan Tabachnick for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). The basic information provided in this webinar will be helpful to anyone concerned about sexual violence or working professionally in this field with either victims/survivors or those who have caused the harm.  Whether you are new to the field or an experienced professional, this course provides the basics for how to encourage friends and family to deter and possibly prevent sexual violence.Space is limited, so please register now to be guaranteed a spot!

    Title: Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention

    Presenter: Joan Tabachnick
    Date: December 16, 2014
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST 

    To register for this free webinar simply Click Here to enter the registration system or use the link below to go to the webinar to register: http://www.nearipress.org/free-webinars/192

  • 05 Nov 2014 9:49 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Committee for Children, with the help of several prevention coalition members, has just produced a set of short, engaging videos and accompanying informational resources, which are designed to educate parents and caregivers about the facts regarding child sexual abuse, and to motivate them to talk with children about personal safety.  These are  resources that any of you may use for your own parent/community education programming purposes. We are making them available as a completely free set of online resources for anyone to use and share.

    Concurrent with the availability of these videos, we are about to launch a six-week #KeepKidsSafe online campaign to make these resources visible and viral. We welcome you to share this newly produced, FREE digital content with the parents you serve, as well as with your organization’s friends, followers, colleagues, and members.  

    Working in the field of sexual abuse prevention as much as you do, it probably comes as no surprise that talking to kids about personal safety is one of the best ways to keep them safe from sexual abuse. But it’s not always a comfortable thing for parents to do. 

    So we created the #KeepKidsSafe campaign, which points people to this series of short videos for parents, modeling conversations with kids about things like family safety rules and never keeping secrets. And because it’s so important for parents to help protect their kids by having these conversations, we’re making these videos availableundefinedalong with short articles expanding on the themes featured in the videosundefinedfree to everyone.  Coalition members Cordelia Anderson, Pat Stanislasky, and Tony Rizzuto, as well as other nationally prominent experts in child sexual abuse prevention, played key advisory roles in the production of these videos; while Keith Kaufman, David Finkelhor, Tony Rizzuto and Charol Shakeshaft advised us in the development of our new Second Step Child Protection Unit for use in schools and other child-serving settings. We are so very grateful for their help and support!

    We’ve chosen three dates for people to participate in building the parent awareness campaign: Thursday, November 6; Tuesday, November 18, and/or Tuesday, December 2. Choose one (or all three), and feel free to use the suggested posts below (or compose your ownundefinedjust be sure to include the bit.ly/keepkidssafe14 link and the #KeepKidsSafe hashtag).

    Suggested Facebook post (tag us: cfchildren)

    What’s the best way to protect children from sexual abuse? Talk to them about it. These short videos show you how. Together, we can keep kids safe from abuse. Please share! #KeepKidsSafe bit.ly/keepkidssafe14

    Suggested Tweet

    Protect kids from sexual abuse by talking to them about it. Here’s how: bit.ly/keepkidssafe14 via @cfchildren. Please share! #KeepKidsSafe

    Other ways you can help:

    ·         Add the Keep Kids Safe playlist to your YouTube channel

    ·         Link to the videos from the parent page of our web site

    ·         Embed the videos on your website

    ·         Share the link and info about the campaign with your email list

  • 04 Nov 2014 4:10 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Adapted: It is increasingly acknowledged that efforts to promote victim and community safety and prevent sexual victimization can be enhanced when sexual assault victim advocates and sex offender management professionals work together toward a shared vision.  Recognizing this potential, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is supporting four national organizations – the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the Resource Sharing Project (RSP), and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) – to partner on a novel initiative to support collaboration between sexual assault victim advocates and sex offender management professionals. This support will take the form of on-site training, technical assistance, written resources, and webinars.

    Please join us for the first in a series of webinars to be delivered under this national initiative. In this webinar, the presenters will provide an overview of the project and highlight the findings of needs assessments completed by national samples of representatives from the victim advocacy and sex offender treatment communities. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to:

    ·       Learn about perspectives on collaboration between these stakeholder groups;

    ·       Develop an understanding about current trends and practices;

    ·       Hear factors that support or create barriers to collaboration;

    ·       Share promising strategies they have learned and used in the field; and

    ·       Learn about project resources and next steps.

    Registration is required to participate in this webinar. After your registration has been processed, you will receive instructions for joining the webinar. Click here to register.

    • Karen Baker, Director, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
    • Kurt Bumby, Director, Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)
    • Maia Christopher, Executive Director, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

    For inquiries regarding this webinar, please contact

    Stevyn Fogg at sfogg@cepp.com.

  • 30 Oct 2014 12:59 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    ECPAT-USA launches "It Happens Here" PSA on the issue of child sex trafficking in the US!

    Adapted: ECPAT-USA is pleased to launch a Public Service Announcement to dispel the myth that child commercial sexual exploitation only happens abroad. American children, both boys and girls, are trafficked here in the United States. Our partnership with BRIC Media Arts made this video possible. 

  • 20 Oct 2014 10:26 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    The Family Online Safety Institute releases a brief on Sexting: Felony or Flirting

    Some categorize the practice of sexting as youthful risk taking, others define it as modern day flirting and there are others that believe it to be a felony. The reasons behind teenagers sending naked pictures of themselves to others has been discussed at length among industry experts and academic researchers, and opinions vary greatly about how best to respond. However, it is the response and plans of legislators and law enforcement officials that is of particular interest. 

    The punishment of those engaged in sexting, typically defined as the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone, has varied around the United States and around the world. Some US states have chosen to prosecute minors to the full extent of the law, resulting in severe punishment up to and including the requirement to register as a sex offender for life. In contrast, other states have developed diversionary programs designed to educate teenagers and change behaviors. To date, there has been no specific Federal response to this behavior. However it is clear to many that the use of criminal laws should be reserved to punish those for whom they were created, and not as a catchall for imprudent teens. 

  • 20 Oct 2014 9:12 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Connecting the Dots: Understanding and Addressing the Links between Multiple Forms of Violence webinar will be held Thursday, November 20th at 2pmET/11amPT. 

    Different types of violence are connected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, in the same community or neighborhood, at the same time, or at different stages of life. Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities is important, and can help us better address violence in all its forms. 

    "Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links between Multiple Forms of Violence" is a new resource co-developed by CDC's Division of Violence Prevention and Prevention Institute. This webinar highlights key content from this resource including the latest research on the connections between different forms of violence and how these connections affect communities. Taylor Code Maxie, a survivor of violence and hip hop artist, will perform and Tomei Kuehl from Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment will also join us to describe how Colorado has worked strategically and creatively to prevent multiple types of violence from occurring in the first place.

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