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November 30, 2007

Advocating Across Borders: Serving Immigrant and Refugee Survivors of Domestic Violence, December 6-7, 2007

The Immigrant and Refugee Battered Women's Task Force is sponsoring 2007 Training Institute, Advocating Across Borders: Serving immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence. The Institute will be held at Neighborhood House, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul and will feature special guest presenter, Ms. Sonia Parras Konrad. Sonia Parras Konrad is a nationally known activist and educator on domestic violence issues & legal remedies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, & human trafficking will present the “Intersection between Family and Immigration Law.” Sonia strives to promote the organization & leadership of immigrant survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault. Among her many qualifications, Sonia is co-director of ASISTA, Technical Assistance for Immigrant Survivors, Director of the Mujeres Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer (MUNA) Legal Clinic, and author of Rompiendo el Silencio (Breaking the Silence).

The training institute is co-sponsored by MCBW. To register, link to: 2007 Registration.pdf 

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Webconference: Toward a Community Solution: Advancing Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women, December 12, 2007

This popular webconference sets the foundation for Prevention Connection's web conference series. The Spectrum of Prevention will be introduced as a strategy to change norms to prevent violence against women. This web conference will be a repeat of conferences held in March 2005, June 2005, February 2006 and November 2006. Presenters: Elizabeth Waiters and Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Prevention Institute. Host: David Lee, Prevention Connection. Wednesday, December 12, 1:00-2:30 CST.  To register link to:

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Support Group for Family and Friends of Victim/Survivors of Sexual Violence, January 2008

Has someone you love or care about been the victim of sexual violence? Join a support group specifically designed to provide a safe space for friends and families of victims of sexual violence.

10 week group
Beginning January 2008
Call 612-871-5111 for more information

Sexual Violence Center
3757 Fremont Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course, January 21-23, 29-30, 2008

This 40 hour didactic class is designed to provide a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the sexual assault nurse examiner. Emphasis is placed on the importance of collaboration with other team members to provide victim centered care. CEUs are available. This educational opportunity is offered through the collaboration of Unity SANE Program and Regions SANE Program.

Contact: Karine Zakroczymski, RN, BSN
SANE Program Manager
4050 Coon Rapids Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

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Stop Porn Culture Training, Austin, TX, January 25-27, 2008

Stop Porn Culture is conducting a training on how to present their feminist anti-pornography slideshow.  The training will be held at the University of Texas in Austin, January 25-27, 2008, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and ending on noon, Sunday. A $50 donation is requested, but this can waived for those who need it. Limited scholarships for travel and expenses are available.

Come and get the experience, knowledge, and confidence to talk publicly against pornography in your community. The training will include some in-depth presentations on topics such as:

-background on the economic industry that is pornography
-First Amendment and other free speech issues
-women in the industry
-the question of "alternate" images

For more information e-mail Lierre Keith, Stop Porn Culture,

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Minnesota Teen Leadership Summit to End Dating and Sexual Violence, February 26-27, 2008

February 26, 2008:  Participants will have the opportunity to access resources about dating violence and sexual violence and how to help keep yourself and your friends safe. You’ll also learn how to engage your peers and your community to prevent violence.

February 27, 2008: Girls Rock! the Capitol. Gather in the morning for breakfast and to be greeted by a Minnesota woman legislator. Participate in interactive workshops on issues that affect teens and women. Then head to the Capitol to participate in the Violence Against Women Action Day Rally. You’ll also get to be a senator in a mock legislative committee; meet with your legislators; and end the day at a reception with inspiring women legislators.  

For more information please email
Sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

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101 Things You Can do to Combat the Harms of Pornography

In addition to “101 things…” included on this website are numerous anti-pornography links and resources:

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Dating Violence Strikes Both Boys and Girls

Bob Roehr, Medscape Medical News, November 9, 2007 (Washington, DC)

Physical abuse within the context of a dating relationship affects 8.8% of female and 8.9% of male adolescents. Some 70% of girls and 52% of boys reported injuries as a result of that violence, according to a national study presented here at the American Public Health Association 135th Annual Meeting.

Previous research on the topic was limited by the small sample size, differing sets of definitions, and regional limitations, making it difficult to generalize to the national population, said Saba Masho, MD, MPH, a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Her study used data from the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey.

The biennial survey sampled a cross section of 203 schools across the nation. It generated 13,808 valid responses, for an overall response rate of 67% of the total student enrollment that was approached.

The study population was 62.3% white, 14.4% black, 9.5% Hispanic, and 13.8% other. Age spanned the typical 14- to 18-year-old distribution for high school students, with 50.5% boys and 49.5% girls.

The survey also asked about other forms of violence, sexual activity, substance use, suicidal ideation, and body self image and found responses in line with what is reported in the literature. The key question for this study was: "During the past 12 months, did your boyfriend or girlfriend hit, slap, or physically hurt you on purpose?"

In the crude analysis, "race was a significant predictor of physical dating violence, with blacks 1.5 times more likely than whites" to experience it within a dating situation, Dr. Masho said. There was no significant difference between the sexes in terms of incidence in any of the population subsets.

There was a trend toward increased violence as students grew older, particularly among boys. However, when she adjusted for confounding factors, "race was no longer significant, age was no longer significant — it was confounded by all other factors."

The most significant factors for experiencing physical dating violence were sexual victimization (odds ratio [OR], 8.14), poor body image (OR, 2.91), currently sexually active (OR, 2.49), alcohol use (OR, 1.5), and illicit drug use (OR, 1.5). "Illicit drug use was predictive for males but not predictive for females, while body image was significant for females but not for males," Dr. Masho said.

She cautioned that high-risk youth are more likely to skip school, so any school-based survey runs the risk of undersampling that population.

Georgia Cohort
Another study presented at the same session of the meeting provided new data on a cohort of ninth graders in northeast Georgia that is being followed in a longitudinal study. Surveys were completed by 627 students in these high-risk communities. The sample was 50% white, 39% black, and 9% Latino, with 52.5% boys and 47.5% girls, said Pamela Orphinas, PhD, a researcher at the University of Georgia, Athens.

The investigators stratified the students into 4 groups based on their reported activity during the last 3 months: not dated (35%), dated with no victimization (29%), dated with psychological victimization (16%), and dated with physical victimization (20%).

"Physical victimization was higher among the boys [61%] than the girls," said Dr. Orphinas, and they scored significantly worse in every variable such as substance use. The girls (69%) were more likely to report psychological victimization: "They were less likely to be white and less likely to live with both parents." Students who did not date scored significantly higher academically.

From subsequent focus groups of students, the researchers learned that dating norms in general "did not allow violence from boys to girls, but there was much more support of violence from girls to boys, that was much more acceptable." She said there was a "soap opera-ish" quality to it, "It is as if they are expecting it.... The norms are quite different" in terms of what is acceptable from a boy or a girl.
It was no surprise that students who suffered physical victimization scored significantly worse in terms of involvement in schools and family support.

Teacher rated the students on leadership, social, and study skills. "In all of [the groupings], the girls scored significantly higher than the boys. The 'no date' group had the highest scores [in these 3 areas]; the physical aggression group had the lowest scores. One surprise was that teens in the 'dated psychological victimization' group scored higher than the kids in the 'dated, no victimization' group.'" Dr. Orphinas cautioned that the study did not measure the severity of aggressive behavior, which could have a significant effect.

Men as Victims of Sexual Assault
Dr. Masho also presented new data on the prevalence of male sexual assault in Virginia. The literature suggests that 1 in 33 adult men have been the victim of attempted or completed rape at some point in their lifetimes. However, such assault is underreported, and most studies are clinically based and focus on the most severe cases.
The intensive random-digit dial program completed 705 surveys of adult men (average age, 47.2) using a computer-assisted telephone interviewing system. It found a lifetime prevalence of sexual assault of 12.9% and a 0.1% rate of victimization within the previous 12 months.

Dr. Masho said the mean age when the assault occurred was 12 years; the majority of these assaults occur between ages 12 and 17 years. "The majority were single events by one person, followed by multiple events by the same person." Some 60% of the perpetrators were men, "nearly 40% were victimized by females"; nearly 75% were older than 18 years, and nearly 80% were known to the victim. Although 58.2% of the victims reported talking to someone about the assault, most did not do so with a person in authority. Only 15.4% spoke with a counselor, 6.6% with the police, 2.2% with a physician, and 2.2% with a hotline. "Men who were sexually assaulted were 3.4 times more likely to be depressed and 2.4 times to experience suicidal ideation than those who were not assaulted," she said. Other data in the literature suggests that young men who are perceived to be gender variant are at greater risk for sexual assault. Dr. Masho told Medscape Public Health & Prevention that questions on sexual orientation did not survive institutional review board review.

The speakers have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

American Public Health Association 135th Annual Meeting: Abstracts 151016, 157784, 153093. Presented November 7, 2007.

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New Book on Gender Based Violence

Oxfam International just published a new book entitled Gender-Based Violence as part of its series "Working in Gender and Development." Gender-Based Violence provides a collection of some of the most recent tactics, strategies, and innovations in work against gender violence.  Drawing from case studies around the world, the book serves as a resource for policy makers, activists, and academics alike on issues ranging from femicide to human trafficking. Available free online:

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MDH Alcohol Information Sharing Group

Alcohol plays a role in far too many incidents of sexual violence, estimates range from somewhere between 30 and 60 percent of sexual violence incidents. Alcohol abuse has also become a very big concern on college campuses. Recent alcohol-related tragedies involving college students in Mankato, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Duluth, Winona and La Crosse have received a lot of media attention and concern.
The Minnesota Department of Health Chemical Health Program facilitates the Alcohol Information Sharing Group, an electronic group that provides information about alcohol and other drug related issues in Minnesota, the nation and the world. The Alcohol Information Sharing Group is comprised of about 370 people across the state who are working to reduce alcohol and other drug-related problems. Members work in public health, education, social services, law enforcement, community-based organizations and a variety of other areas. 
Most of what happens in the group is via e-mail. Once or twice a week an e-mail with a compilation of articles, research, resources, funding opportunities and other things that might be of interest is sent out. If group members want to share something with the group, want to see who is working on a specific strategy, or are looking for information, they may do that also. There are semi-annual meetings that can be attended in person or by toll-free phone call for those outside the Twin Cities area. The meetings are an opportunity for people to share what is going on in their communities. Meeting notes are sent out to the entire group.
If you are interested in participating in the group, please e-mail and provide the following information:
-e-mail address
-Place of employment or volunteer affiliation (if applicable)
-Work or home phone number
Please also contact Jay if you have questions about the group.

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Funding Alert

Funding Alert Volume 3, Issue 3
November 13, 2007
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The FUNDING ALERT provides a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
The current FUNDING ALERT, Volume 3, Issue 3 can be accessed at:

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Two Job Openings at the Neighborhood Involvement Program and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center

(1) Community Services Coordinator
This 32 hour position manages the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center's support services including the 24-Hour Crisis Line, support groups, walk-In counseling, and community outreach and oversees the telephone intake process. The position reports directly to the Supervisor responsible for overseeing the support services and to the Mental Health Programs Director. The position supervises the students and volunteers who provide the support services (i.e. the 24-Hour Crisis Line, walk-in counseling, facilitate the Rape Support and Concerned Persons Groups, respectively, and outreach events).

Essential Functions
Recruits students and volunteers twice a year through ongoing contact with colleges and universities and advertising in newspapers.
Manages  two annual 40-hour sexual violence advocate trainings for staff, students and volunteers.  This includes the recruitment of staff and community speakers, updating the training manual and evaluating the effectiveness of each training.
Monitors scheduled coverage of the Crisis Line and walk-in services during business hours and on-call volunteers for all other hours.
Reviews Contact Sheets on each telephone call and responds to questions or concerns as necessary.
Coordinates back up support among RSAC staff for students and volunteers.
Facilitates weekly group supervision for students and volunteers.
Provides individual supervision as needed.
Completes written mid-term and final evaluations for students and volunteers.
Writes letters of recommendation for students and volunteers as requested.
Compiles written self evaluations by on-call volunteers twice a year.
Facilitates monthly supervision and in-service trainings  for on-call volunteers.
Facilitates bi-monthly supervision of support group facilitators.
Maintains a database of students and volunteers to provide regular e-mail correspondence (i.e. program updates, training schedules, etc.)
Manages the telephone intake process for the mental health programs which includes training, general oversight, problem solving, updating the intake book, etc.
Follows up with general intake questions, mandated reporting issues and all other intake related questions as needed.
Participates in community networking with groups (i.e. MNCASA).
Represents the program with the news media which may include radio and television interviews.
Coordinates the TOPP (Teen Outreach Prevention Project) groups in high schools.
Checks the general RSAC e-mail and responds accordingly.
Coordinates community outreach events for RSAC and N.I.P.
Engages in outreach and networking with underserved communities.
Submits Public Service Announcements twice a year to local radio stations.
Generates quarterly data summarizing all support services for inclusion in funding reports.
Attends regular staff meetings (i.e. RSAC business meetings and joint RSAC/CC meetings).
Other duties as assigned by the Mental Health Programs Director.

Education and Licensure
M.A. in Social Work, Psychology or related field preferred.
LSW, LGSW, LPP or LPC preferred.

3-5 years experience in sexual and/or domestic violence field.
Experience supervising volunteers preferred.
Knowledge of community resources.
Knowledge of mental health treatment issues preferred.

(2) Licensed Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor
Responsible for supervising the clinical services provided by graduate students and post-graduate volunteers in the Counseling Center and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center.  This position will support a small caseload of individual and group clients.  Clients range in age from children to senior citizens. This position reports to N.I.P.'s Mental Health Programs Director. This position provides clinical supervision to graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, and post-graduate volunteers who are providing psychotherapy and assessment to clients.

Essential Functions
Provides weekly individual supervision to trainees' that includes face-to-face sessions, review of clinical documentation, review of  audio/video tapes, etc.
Completes written evaluations of trainees.
Meets with trainees and their academic advisors as needed.
Supervise one program component as needed (e.g. students who work with children/families or group therapy).
Supervises testing provided by students as per experience and program need.
Attends a monthly meeting with the other supervisors and the Mental Health Programs Director.

Clinical Services
Completes intakes of new clients, develops treatment plans, determines DSM-IV diagnoses and provides on-going therapeutic interventions.
May co-facilitate groups with other staff or students.
Provides testing as per experience and program need.
Scope and Effect
Minimally at least 50 percent of time is spent in direct clinical work with supervisees or clients.

Any other duties assigned by the Mental Health Programs Director.

PsyD or PhD in Psychology with a Minnesota license as an LP.

Experience providing individual and group therapy required.
Experience working with children and adolescents preferred.
Experience working with victims of sexual trauma preferred.
Family therapy experience preferred.
Experience with psychology testing (may include personality, career, intelligence or achievement).
Experience in providing clinical supervision.

For information contact John Bullough, LICSW,

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Please mark your calendars for future SVPN meetings: 
               February 1, 2008
                    May 9, 2008
                         August 1, 2008
                              November 7, 2008

December 6-7, 2007, Advocating Across Borders: Serving Immigrant and Refugee Survivors of Domestic Violence, St. Paul, MN. Sponsored by MCBW, link to: 2007 Registration.pdf

December 12, 2007, Webconference: Toward a Community Solution: Advancing Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women. To register link to: 

December 15, 2007, Change, the Musical, on Twin Cities Public TV (Channel 17)  at 10:00 p.m.

January 2008, Support Group for Family and Friends of Victim/Survivors of Sexual Violence. Call the Sexual Violence Center at 612-871-5111 for more information.

January 2008, National Stalking Awareness Month. For more information link to or contact Ilse Knecht, 703-732-2446 or
January 4, 2008, 12:00-1:30 p.m., The Costs of Sexual Violence in Minnesota Conference call. Registration information will be sent out soon.
January 14, 2008, 12:00-1:30 p.m., The Costs of Sexual Violence in Minnesota Conference call. Registration information will be sent out soon.
January 14-15, 2008, MN Fatherhood Summit, St. Cloud, MN. For information link to: or call (651) 222-7432. Descriptions of conference sessions are now available online:

January 21-23, 29-30, 2008, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course. Contact: Karine Zakroczymski, 763-236-7142,

January 25-26, 2008, Stop Porn Culture Training. Austin, TX. For more information e-mail Lierre Keith, Stop Porn Culture,

February 1, 2008, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). Topic and location to be announced soon.

February 26-27, 2008, Minnesota Teen Leadership Summit to End Dating and Sexual Violence. For more information contact:

April 20-23, 2008, 26th Annual Protecting our Children Conference, National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Minneapolis, MN. For more information link to: National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) or contact Isla Dane at 503/222-4044.
April 23-24, 2008, Child Abuse Prevention Conference. Prevention Works: Igniting Change for Families, St. Paul, MN. For more information link to
May 1-2, 2008, 17th Annual Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP) Conference, Minneapolis, MN. For more information link to: .
May 9, 2008, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For more information link to:
August 1, 2008, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For more information link to:
November 7, 2008, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For more information link to:

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Amy Kenzie
Program Coordinator,
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: 651-201-5410, FAX: 651/201-5800

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