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  • 10 Jun 2014 11:33 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Join us for the second webinar in a five-part series entitled, "Essentials for Childhood" on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10amET - 11:30amET.

    This webinar will (1) briefly review Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their short- and long-term impacts on health and well-being, (2) introduce how assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments can help prevent ACEs, and (3) demonstrate through examples from several participating states how state health departments are using ACEs to inform primary prevention strategies to address child maltreatment.
    Participants will learn:
    How knowledge of ACEs supports the importance of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
    How state health departments and their partners are using ACEs to inform primary prevention strategies in child maltreatment prevention.
    Please REGISTER and extend this invitation accordingly.

  • 13 May 2014 8:13 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From NSVRC - A new edition of the NSVRC’s The Resource has arrived.  The 2014 Spring & Summer edition features a cover story on campus sexual assault written by the Clery Center For Security On Campus. The article provides details on recent amendments to the Jeanne Cleary Act and how policy can be used to help protect the well-being of students. In the same vein, The University of Oregon has students talking about consent with its SexPositive cellphone app. Learn about the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s Assessing Campus Readiness Curriculum and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance’s Building Peace at Home creative fundraising project.

  • 29 Apr 2014 12:39 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NEARI Press is a nonprofit publishing company and training center for professionals working with youth with sexually abusive and other risky behaviors. To see more of their titles, visit their new Facebook page!
  • 29 Apr 2014 12:36 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From the Justice Blog: Staying Involved During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April 2014.

    This month also gives us a chance to thank those already committed to helping children in need. Recently I was privileged to speak to over 1,000 people at the National Symposium on Child Abuse about their work at child advocacy centers, where children who are brought into contact with our child protective and justice systems are getting the services they need to deal with the trauma they have experienced, such as critical medical care and coordinated and efficient case management.

    Eliminating child abuse is a huge challenge. Thousands of children in communities across America need us – all of us – to advocate for their future, to determine whether it will be one darkened by the violence and abuse they have experienced or one lit by care and hope. As the President said in his proclamation, “Our nation thrives when we recognize that we all have a stake in each other. This month and throughout the year, let us come together undefined as families, communities, and Americans undefined to ensure every child can pursue their dreams in a safe and loving home.”

  • 29 Apr 2014 11:11 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    VOICE Today reminds us to wear white on Wednesday, April 30th as part of their WHITE OUT CSA DAY! Hear founder Angela Williams discuss this event on CNN!
  • 22 Apr 2014 10:25 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Take 25 is a campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that asks families, educators, law-enforcement officers and trusted adults to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. Created in honor of National Missing Children’s Day which is annually recognized on May 25th, Take 25 helps educate communities on safety risks and ways to better protect the children in their lives. During the months of April and May, communities are invited to join NCMEC in this grassroots effort by promoting ongoing safety conversations between children and their families.
  • 10 Apr 2014 11:38 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    American Psychological Association Press Release: Children see domestic violence that often goes unreported, research finds. 

    Adapted: In "Intervention Following Family Violence: Best Practices and Help-seeking Obstacles in a Nationally Representative Sample of Families With Children," Sherry Hamby, PhD, Sewanee, The University of the South; and David Finkelhor, PhD, and Heather Turner, PhD, University of New Hampshire; Psychology of Violence, published online April 7, a nationwide study of children who have witnessed domestic violence found that parents or caregivers were physically injured in more than a third of the cases, yet only a small fraction of offenders went to jail and just one in four incidents resulted in police reports.

  • 10 Apr 2014 11:29 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From PreventConnect!

    Free Webinar: Growing Our Impact: Moving from individual awareness building to community norms change strategies as a part of sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts on Monday April 24, 2014 11am-12:30 pmPT / 2-3:30pmET!

    An important aspect of increasing the impact of a primary prevention curriculum or campaign is shifting the focus from individual behavior to the transformation of social and cultural norms. This web conference explores innovative strategies for going beyond individual focused PSAs and curriculum implementation towards a community norms change approach. We'll take a look at case studies where social media, art and digital storytelling have been leveraged to shift norms and prevent violence.

    By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to
    • Engage in a candid discussion around the value of community norms change work and identify strategies for shifting norms.
    • Share real world examples of efforts that shift community level norms.
    • Identify tools and resources to support innovative approaches.

  • 12 Mar 2014 2:26 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Finkelhor, Shattuck, Turner and Hamby. (2014) The Lifetime Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Assessed in Late Adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health.


    To estimate the likelihood that a recent cohort of children would be exposed to sexual abuse and sexual assault by age 17 in the United States.

    This analysis draws on three very similarly designed national telephone surveys of youth in 2003, 2008, and 2011, resulting in a pooled sample of 708 17-year-olds, 781 15-year-olds, and 804 16-year-olds.

    The lifetime experience of 17-year-olds with sexual abuse and sexual assault was 26.6% (95% confidence interval [CI] 19.8–33.5) for girls and 5.1% (95% CI 2.6–7.6) for boys. The lifetime experience with sexual abuse and sexual assault at the hands of adult perpetrators exclusively was 11.2% (95% CI 6.4–16.1) for females and 1.9% (95% CI .5–3.4) for males. For females, considerable risk for sexual abuse and assault was concentrated in late adolescence, as the rate rose from 16.8% (95% CI 11.5–22.2) for 15-year-old females to 26.6% (95% CI 19.8–33.5) for 17-year-old females. For males, it rose from 4.3% (95% CI 1.9–6.8) at 15 years to 5.1% (2.6–7.6) at 17 years.

    Self-report surveys in late adolescence reveal high rates of lifetime experience with sexual abuse and sexual assault at the hands of both adults and peers. Because of high continuing victimization during the late teen years, assessments are most complete when conducted among the oldest youth.

  • 12 Mar 2014 2:14 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Underground Commercial Sex Economy Key Findings

    "Sex sells" does little to explain the multimillion-dollar profits generated by the underground commercial sex economy. From high-end escort services to high school "sneaker pimps," the sex trade leaves no demographic unrepresented and circuits almost every major US city. What we know about the underground commercial sex economy is likely just the tip of the iceberg, but our study attempts to unveil its size and structure while documenting the experiences of offenders and law enforcement.

    Our study focused on eight US cities undefined Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC. Across cities, the 2007 underground sex economy’s worth was estimated between $39.9 and $290 million. While almost all types of commercial sex venues, massage parlors, brothels, escort services, and street- and internet-based prostitution existed in each city, regional and demographic differences influenced their markets.

    Pimps and traffickers interviewed for the study took home between $5,000 and $32,833 a week. These actors form a notoriously difficult population to reach because of the criminal nature of their work. Our study presents data from interviews with 73 individuals charged and convicted for crimes including compelling prostitution, human trafficking and engaging in a business relationship with sex workers.

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