Moving Beyond Imagination E-News

October 01, 2009
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In this issue:
1. Introduction
2. New design and content for the MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Website
3. What we learned from the August 10 All-Team Meeting
4. New teen dating violence project brings prevention partners together
5. Counties continue to adopt sexual violence prevention plans

1. Introduction

Issue #3: October 2009

You can feel the momentum … as people from throughout the state collaborate to prevent sexual violence. This issue tells just a few recent developments.

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2. New design and content for the MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Website

After several months of planning, research, and collaboration, MDH is launching a new sexual violence prevention Website!

In addition to striking graphics, you will find:

  • The program’s mission and purpose
  • Photos from the Launch of the three Action Teams and the August 2009 All-Team meeting
  • Video clips about Action Teams, the history of the sexual violence prevention movement, and a survivor’s story
  • Information on current sexual violence prevention initiatives in Minnesota
  • Updates on the Action Teams (Messaging, Policy and Legislation, and Data and Research)
  • “What YOU Can Do to Prevent Sexual Violence”
  • “A Place To Start,” a kit that describes actions that can be taken by in faith communities, communities of color, law enforcement, parents, and other sectors of every community.
  • Current definitions of sexual violence and primary prevention
  • An interactive calendar of coming events, including the December 2-3 Sexual Violence Prevention Summit
  • Seven Minnesota counties that have passed sexual/domestic violence prevention resolutions or developed plans, or are making strides to do so
  • Opportunity to become a Minnesota Champion in sexual violence prevention

Please take a few moments to fill out the survey at the top of the home page, so we can make the website even better!

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3. What we learned from the August 10 All-Team Meeting

Seventy people gathered in New Brighton on August 10, 2009 to hear about the work of three Action Teams, which began meeting in June 2008, and to find new ways to make a difference in prevention. Some were already on Action Teams and many were new. Participants gave the Teams some new ideas, and many joined teams.

People who submitted evaluations were very pleased with the updates and said they were inspired to continue their work in prevention. They suggested new ways to stay involved, offered names of people who could help connect with various target audiences, and named marketing professionals who might help develop campaigns and messages. Thanks to everyone who completed an evaluation!

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4. New teen dating violence project brings prevention partners together

MDH received a one-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess teen dating violence prevention programs, identify needs and gaps, and develop a plan to address the needs. Some of the funds will go to organizations that can help identify and assess programs: the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the and the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.

The grant project year is from October 2009 to September 2010. A Planning Team including the organizations listed will guide the project. A larger Advisory Committee will provide input from youth, faith communities, GLBT groups, and others. For further information, or to share your resources or expertise, contact

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5. Counties continue to adopt sexual violence prevention plans

Largely because of the commitment of Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough, who serves as president of the Association of Minnesota Counties, four Minnesota county boards have either adopted resolutions or created prevention plans. They are Ramsey, Hennepin, Olmsted, and Winona Counties. Three other counties are making strides as well – Douglas, St. Louis, and Wabasha. Their resolutions or plans will be posted as adopted. If your county should be added, contact

To read what Commissioner McDonough wrote to county commissioners around the state, see Ramsey County Commissioner's Letter (PDF, 76 KB, 1 pages). He also wrote an editorial commentary on the topic.

In addition, individuals in these and other counties are being identified as “champions” for sexual violence prevention. A new e-mail distribution list is being created to share ideas for prevention activities with any individual who wants to make a difference. To join the list, contact

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