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Sexual Violence Prevention Network


January 30, 2009

Please RSVP by Monday, February 2 for the next Sexual Violence Prevention Network meeting

Please RSVP by Monday, February 2 for the next Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN) meeting, on Friday, February 6, 2009 (e-mail )

Join us for the next SVPN meeting on:
Friday, February 6, 2009
9:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Snelling Office Park
1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN.

Topic: What does PREA have to do with me?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by Congress in 2004.  The purpose of PREA is to shed
light on and address this very common but overlooked issue. PREA directs states to create victim-centered
responses to victims of sexual assault while incarcerated and to develop strategies to prevent prison rape.

The Department of Corrections has focused energy on implementing PREA guidelines in Minnesota: all
prison staff in the eight adult and two juvenile facilities have been trained on the basics of sexual
assault/violence; investigative officers have had specialized 40 hours of training in investigating sexual
assaults; facility based SART teams recently spent two days with DOC staff and MNCASA designing their
response protocols.

What does this have to do with me? We know that the effects of violence within
prisons affects more than the prison environment. The vast majority of MN inmates return to their
communities and unaddressed physical and emotional health issues of victimization can be the catalyst
for ongoing problems and challenges.

Lydia Newlin, DOC Victim Liaison, and Collin Gau, Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud, will talk
about the culture change that is underway in Minnesota prisons, the work of PREA to date, and the vision
for preventing prison sexual assault.

Lunch will be provided (no charge) however, an RSVP is Required (by Wednesday, February 4)
Contact Amy Kenzie at
Please note: requests for special accommodations must be made by Tuesday, January 27.
(Please provide name, telephone number and type of accommodation needed to Amy Kenzie)

9:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Registration
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 – Prevention Overview
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Presentation
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 - Lunch and small group discussions
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Prevention Action Activities
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Resource Sharing, Networking, Wrap up and Evaluations

***(Please be sure to bring resources to announce/share)***

ANYONE interested in or working in the field of sexual violence prevention is WELCOME TO ATTEND

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No More Victims: How we can reduce sex crimes in our communities, February 3, 2009

An innovative, new strategy, with proven results to reduce rates of sexual reoffending, is underway – the
Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA) project.

Learn about MnCoSA and issues related to sex offenders in Minnesota at a free, informational evening on
February 3, 2009. This event is hosted by the MN Department of Corrections and Amicus, both committed
to improving public safety by helping people change their lives.

MnCoSA emphasizes relationship-based approaches where volunteers “walk with” an offender as he/she
is released from prison and reenters society. On February 3rd, attendees will have an opportunity to learn
about the various categories of sex offenders, their post-release lives and challenges, and how community
members may get involved as trained MnCoSA volunteers to help work toward the goal of “no more
victims.” Participants will be able to ask questions of staff, current volunteers and others working with

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Joann Dillavou 651-361-7593 . To
learn more about MnCoSA visit:

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Time:   6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: MN Department of Corrections, West Entrance, Lower Level, Itasca Room, 1450 Energy Park
Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108

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Men’s Rally at the Capitol, February 11, 2009

Men’s Rally at the Capitol. Sponsored by: Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual &
Domestic Violence (MNMAN), in support of the 2009 Action Day to End Violence Against Women. Help to
create a violence free Minnesota by providing safety, promoting justice, and preventing harm for women
and children.

February 11, 2009
11:00 a.m.
South steps of MN State Capitol

For more information on the Minnesota Men’s Action Network, please visit: (link removed)

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A benefit for the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC), March 19, 2009

A benefit for the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) at the home of : Raymond and
Kathy Berlin , 437 Oak Creek Drive So., Vadnais Heights, MN, 55127

Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 7:00  9:00 PM.

Featured Speakers:  Suzanne Koepplinger, MIWRC Executive Director and Lindy Liphart, MIWRC Healing
Journey Participant

MIWRC is a non-profit organization providing excellent work in improving the lives of American Indian
women. Featured by Twin Cities Public Television in an award winning documentary, this organization is
key to providing life-changing services to women and their children struggling to overcome barriers to

Please come for an evening of social networking, a brief presentation about the work of MIWRC,
and some light refreshments.

This will be a good opportunity to learn about aspects of our community that we generally don’t hear
about in the media; the obstacles to success many American Indian women face and how some have
found the resources and support to overcome them.

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First Strike: Connecting Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty, March 27, 2009

A Community Approach to Confronting Abuse
Hosted by the Link Coalition of Minnesota and Humane Society University

Abuse and violence do not occur in a vacuum. Many times signs of domestic violence will show on the
faces of multiple members in the household - spouses, children, the elderly, and the pets. Additionally,
the acts of violence committed by the perpetrator often reach beyond one agency's focus and will affect
many agencies simultaneously.

Learn how inter-agency communication and cross-training benefits everyone's primary mission:
protecting victims and preventing violence. Find out what resources already exist in your community and
how to utilize them to help prevent and eliminate abuse and violence.

Workshop Topics:
·   The Connection between Interpersonal Violence and Animal Cruelty: An Overview
·   Animal Cruelty Investigations and Safe Haven Programs
·   Domestic Violence Dynamics
·   Tales Kids Tell
·   Building Community Collaborations
·   Discussion Forum

Date/Time:  Friday, March 27, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
Location:  Cornerstone (in the Special Events Room), 1000 East 80th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420

Tuition:  Early Bird Rate: $75 (ends February 20, 2009)
Regular Rate: $85 (register by March 13, 2009)
Register early - Space is limited. (Cancellation fee is 25% of the registration fee. No refunds will be given
after March 20, 2009. )
Humane Society University reserves the right to cancel this workshop due to low enrollment.
To learn more and to register, please visit
For More Information, please contact Frances Gaeta at or 301-548-7731.

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From Dr. Seuss to Porn: Countering Normalization of Sexual Harm, April 21, 2009

Living in a sexually toxic society means we’re all affected and desensitized, to varying degrees, in both our
personal and professional lives. To be effective, prevention requires recognition of these problems, as
both a public health and public safety concern, as well as engaging others who care about children’s and
society’s health. This session includes activities for discussion and action planning.

Attend this workshop and learn:
- To understand the normalization of sexual harm and its relevance to prevention.
- To identify four factors that normalize sexual harm
- To identify three actions for prevention.

Presenter: Cordelia Anderson

April 21, 2009, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Schwan’s Center — At National Sports Center
1700 105 Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55449

Cost: $25. Certificates of attendance available.
For more information contact:
Donna McDonald — Violence Prevention Coordinator, Anoka County Community Health Department

About Cordelia Anderson:
Cordelia Anderson has over 30 years of experience promoting healthy development
for children and preventing harmful behaviors. Her expertise has earned her national
recognition as a speaker and consultant. She is a board member of the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children and she has appeared on local and national media
programs, including the Oprah Winfrey show.

Sponsored by the Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Connexus Energy

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 Report examines media’s influence on adolescent sexual behaviors

Managing the Media Monster: The Influence of Media (from Television to Text Messages) on Teen Sexual
Behavior and Attitudes is intended to inform practitioners and programs about what research says about
adolescents and media influence. The report, published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and
Unplanned Pregnancy with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examines how
the media influences sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behavior -- both positively and negatively.

Topics include: (1) an overview of what is currently known about the effects of sexual content in the
entertainment media young people typically use; (2) a review of 25 evaluated, peer-reviewed
interventions from 19 countries on how effective media interventions have been in addressing
adolescents' reproductive health and recommendations to consider when developing media
interventions; and (3) a review of more than 20 media-based-interventions for sexual and reproductive
health that have been conducted in the United States. A snapshot of health behavior theories and
additional resources are included.

The report is available at

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New study on stalking from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics

Stalking is more prevalent than previous studies have shown and causes victims to make significant life
changes, fear for their safety, and seek help from friends and family members, according to a new study
from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

An estimated 3.4 million persons said they were victims of stalking during a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006. About half these victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, 11 percent had been stalked for five or more years, and one in seven moved as a result of the stalking.

For more information link to Family Violence Prevention Fund:

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Special Collection of Online Learning Tools on Violence Against Women

This collection provides a sampling of available Online Learning Tools with subject matter related to
violence against women prevention and intervention. Materials included in this collection have four key
components: they are 1) free, 2) available online, 3) interactive, and 4) self-guided.

The resources can be used for the purposes of staff development (by individuals), or as tools for trainers
(in groups). This Special Collection provides a discussion of considerations for using Online Learning Tools,
including potential applications and benefits and limitations. Tools include: Online
Classes/Tutorials/Courses, Slideshows & PowerPoint Presentations, Podcasts/Audio, Videos, Web
Conferences, Toolkits, Quizzes, and more.

This collection was developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

Tools include:

* Online Classes/Tutorials/Courses
* Online Slideshows & PowerPoint Presentations
* Podcasts/Audio
* Videos – Lectures, Workshops, Trainings
* Web Conferences
* Online Toolkits
* Quizzes
* Other
* Tools with Associated Costs

Access this Special Collection at:

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Minnesota’s IAASA Program Highlighted in RAINN Newsletter

Outstanding Community Partnership
IAASA - Itasca Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Itasca Alliance Against Sexual Assault has been collaborating with the local two-year campus, Itasca
Community College for the past 6 years, specifically with the Psychology Club, in developing community
needs assessments.  Over the years they completed three primary human services based research
projects with the larger community, law enforcement, and with the campus itself. With the last project,
students made it very clear that they would like to have sexual assault resources on campus. So, with both
agencies in agreement, they proceeded to establish a program called Support Within Reach. 

The college offered space for an office and the organization now provides staff hours twice a week on
campus. They have an advisory committee that is comprised of IAASA, college staff and faculty
representatives, and many students. The program has grown and evolved and now offers support services
on campus to those in need and prevention education/awareness activities throughout the year. One of
the other positive outcomes of this collaboration has been an increase in IAASA volunteers. Students are
eager for professional experience and feel a need to help their greater community. IAASA just finished a
volunteer training with 4 new student volunteers that assist them with their after hours crisis line and
there are several more on the waiting list for the spring training. 

To learn more link to the RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Newsletter:
 or check out the IAASA Facebook page.

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A message from the Prevention Institute

We at Prevention Institute are thrilled that Congress is investing in community prevention by targeting
resources to communities to improve health in a coordinated, systematic way. This is an important
opportunity to prevent illnesses and injuries in the first place, and to reduce costs in the health care
system from treating preventable problems after the fact. It is vital that injury and violence be
considered as part of these community prevention efforts. While the House version of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 explicitly includes injury and violence prevention, the Senate
language is more general.  
Injuries, including from violence, are the leading cause of death for persons aged 1-44 years and a leading
cause of death, hospitalization and long-term care placement among elderly populations. Injuries and
violence cost $117 billion annually in direct health care costs. Estimates are much higher for lost
productivity costs (a study by a CDC researcher estimated more than $320 billion in 2000 alone). Violence
is also a factor in the development of chronic diseases which account for a majority of pre-mature US
deaths, lost productivity and the majority and fastest growing percentage of our healthcare spending.
Injuries and violence affect everyone and disproportionately affect low-income communities and
communities of color.
Injuries and violence are preventable. Supporting injury and violence prevention in the economic
stimulus bill as part of community prevention can yield a substantial return on investment as shown in a
number of research and economic studies and provide meaningful employment.
Please share this broadly and click here to learn more. For more information, see:

Preventing violence before it occurs: Directions for improving outcomes for young people, our cities,
and our economic recovery and growth, a Prevention Institute memo highlighting opportunities for
improving safety and well-being in our nation’s urban areas while saving money and stimulating the

Reducing Inequities in Health and Safety through Prevention, a platform released by Prevention Institute
and the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which indentifies
concrete steps for the new administration and congress to take to substantially reduce health inequities
and their associated costs.

Healthy People, Healthy Places, a transition document co-released with PolicyLink, that focuses on
chronic disease and identifies important connections between the prevention of chronic disease and

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February 3, 2009, No More Victims: How we can reduce sex crimes in our communities, MNDOC. RSVP to
Joann Dillavou 651-361-7593 . To learn more about MnCoSA visit:
February 6, 2009, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN), What does PREA have to do
with me? For more information contact:

February 10-11, 2009, Action Day to End Violence Against Women.  For more information link to

March 14, 2009, 14th Annual International Women’s Day Conference: Transforming the World through
Women’s Voices, Minneapolis, MN. For more information link to:

March 19, 2007, a benefit for the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC), Vadnais Heights,
MN. Contact: Raymond and Kathy Berlin

March 27, 2009, First Strike: Connecting Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty, Bloomington, MN. 
Contact: Frances Gaeta at or 301-548-7731.

April 14-15, National Conference on Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women, Washington, DC. For
more information link to:

April 15-17, 2009, Annual MnATSA Conference, Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN.  For more
information link to:

April 21, 2009, From Dr. Seuss to Porn: Countering Normalization of Sexual Harm, Blaine, MN. Contact:
Donna McDonald 763.422.7047,

April 24-25, Sowing Seeds of Academic Change, Nurturing New Paradigms, Minneapolis, MN. For more
information link to:

May 8, 2009, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For more information link to:

May 12-15, 2009, International Conference: Bridging Perspective in Intervening With Men Who Batter,
Minneapolis, MN.
For more information link to:

May 21-22, 2009, A Call to Men National Conference. New York, NY. For more information and to register
online, please visit A Call to Men's Web site

May 27-29, 2009, Fifth National SART Training Conference, Seattle, WA. For more information link to:

June 15, 2009, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  For more information contact Char Thompson,

August 7, 2009, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For more information link to:

September 9-11, 2009, National Sexual Assault Conference, Alexandria, VA. For more information link to:

November 6, 2009, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For more information link to:

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Prevention and Control. Contributed items are solely the responsibility of the contributors, and do not
necessarily represent official views of, or endorsement by the MDH or the CDC.

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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