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Sexual Violence Prevention Network


November 23, 2011

REMINDER: SVPN Meeting/Videoconference/Live Webstream: “Stepping out of the story, expanding the frame: Using ACE data to build support for social change”, November 4, 2011

Stepping out of the story, expanding the frame: Using ACE data to build support for social change

What does preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – including child sexual abuse – have to do with preventing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, early pregnancy, substance use, or improving education outcomes? Everything! We all have a pivotal role in promoting the conditions necessary to achieve the health and wellbeing we seek for our communities - no matter where you work in public health, policy, advocacy, education, social services.

This SVPN meeting will provide you with an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, how its findings have been used to craft policies and advocacy messages, and the implications for sexual violence prevention work.  We will describe the ways in which how we frame the story of child sexual abuse prevention – as advocates, policy makers, researchers, and practitioners – shapes our ability to achieve the change we are demanding. We will also explore how the ACE study has been used to create new frames that support our prevention efforts. We will also highlight how Minnesota is planning to collect and use ACE data – and how that data will be available to you and your organization.


- Julia Johnsen, MPH, Director of Community Outreach, Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, Division of Epidemiology &  Community Health, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

- Ilana Blum, CDC Associate, Sexual Violence Prevention Program, Minnesota Department of Health

- Karina A. Forrest-Perkins, MHR LADC, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

- Lindsay Gullingsrud, Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN

REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all locations and for live webstream, link to:

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Questions? Contact
This is a brown bag/bring your own lunch & beverage event

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Registration and Networking
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Presentation
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Resource Sharing
(Videoconference portion of the meeting runs from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

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

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The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW), Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and Advocates for Human Rights invite you to participate and learn about the issues and rights of immigrant survivors.

Immigrant survivors of domestic violence and their families continue to face major challenges nationally due to increasing anti-immigrant sentiment and growing efforts to have local law enforcement serve as an arm of federal immigration enforcement, which can undermine community policing and public safety efforts. The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that the "Secure Communities" program will soon be implemented in every jurisdiction across the country.

Please join us in this workshop where we will provide information about guidelines and procedures intended to better protect victims of crime and witnesses from ICE detention, discuss enhanced safety planning and immigration remedies for survivors, share advocacy strategies and additional resources, and talk about action steps to engage with local law enforcement, judges and local ICE officials to try to improve protections for immigrant victims of crime.

Presented by:
Rosie Hidalgo, J.D., Director of Public Policy (NLN), Casa de Esperanza

Julia Perilla, Ph.D., Director of Research (NLN), Casa de Esperanza

Special Guest Presenters:

John Keller, Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Michele McKenzie, Director of Advocacy, The Advocates for Human Rights

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: Neighborhood House, The Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55107
To register go to:

For more information or questions contact:
Cassie Amundson, 651-646-5553 or

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Call for Entries: Eighth Annual Art of Recovery

Minnesotans who have been crime victims or survivors of crime and have expressed their crime victim experience or recovery through an artistic medium are invited to submit their art or literary work for inclusion in this annual exhibition.
One need not be an "artist" to enter; individuals of all ages who have used the arts to respond, explore, express, or heal from a crime are encouraged to enter. View the Art of Recovery exhibitions from 2005- 2010. 
Interested individuals should submit a completed entry form, brief narrative description and work samples.  For full entry instructions, visit: or call Virgina Padden, Minnesota State Arts Board, at:651-215-1627 or 800-866-2787  OR Alicia Nichols, Office of Justice Programs, at 651-201-7318 or 888-622-8799
Entries sent by e-mail must be received before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011. Entries sent by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no later than Thursday, November 10, 2011. 

Art of Recovery is an annual exhibition co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. The exhibition heightens public awareness about crime victims and their rights, and commemorates Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 22- 28, 2012.

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Minnesota Men’s Action Network Survey

The Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence (MNMAN) is conducting an online survey to gain an overall indication of male involvement in ending sexual and/or domestic violence throughout the state.

If you are interested in participating in this survey, please follow this link to the survey:

We will use responses from the survey to assist ourselves and others in determining the extent to which men are currently involved in efforts to end violence and to plan future initiatives which engage men in these efforts. Three similar but distinct surveys are being distributed to specific groups to get a statewide perspective. One survey focuses on sexual and domestic violence advocacy programs’ experiences, one focuses on men’s experience, and a third focuses on the general population.

The survey consists of 12 or fewer questions, depending on which survey you are being asked to participate in. We estimate it will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Please follow this link to the survey.

Thank you for your time and for sharing your perspective. Please feel free to pass this request on to others you think may be interested.

Minnesota Men's Action Network, 205 W 2nd St # 15, Duluth, MN 55806, (link removed)

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UPDATE: Major Victory in “Rape Is Rape” Campaign

UPDATE: Major Victory in “Rape Is Rape” Campaign, October 19, 2011 by Annie Shields

The “Rape is Rape” campaign, demanding that all rapes be counted in the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR), took a huge step forward yesterday at a crucial meeting of law enforcement officials.

The Uniform Crime Report Subcommittee of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) voted unanimously to expand its definition of rape in the UCR. The vote came after many years of lobbying by groups such as the Women’s Law Project and the recent viral “Rape is Rape” campaign, started by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. in partnership with–which resulted in nearly 140,000 emails to the FBI and the Department of Justice urging the change. 

Continue reading:

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Web Resources


• Cordelia Anderson

• Minnesota Department of Health Sexual Violence Prevention Program

• Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs

• Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault

• Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

• Minnesota Battered Women’s Coalition

• Minnesota Men’s Action Network (link removed)

• Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse MINCAVA

• The National Child Protection Training Center

• The Advocates for Human Rights


• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexual Violence Prevention

• National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

• National Alliance to End Sexual Violence National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

• National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

• VAWnet Violence Against Women National Online Resource Center

• Prevention Institute

• PreventConnect

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Funding Opportunities

• VAWnet features sources of government and private funding that are available to support projects or organizations working to end violence against women, or to provide opportunities for individual survivors.

Government funding resources include information on the 26 United States Federal grant-making agencies, portals to federal, local, and state government funding resources, and opportunities from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Department Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Private funding resources include grants, scholarships, fellowships and/or awards for individual women available from foundations, charities and private trusts.

• is a source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.

• NSVRC - Opportunities. This section provides information about funding (and volunteer, job and educational opportunities, as well as award nominations of interest to those in the fields of sexual violence prevention and intervention). Announcements are added daily and organizations are invited to submit volunteer opportunities, job listings, and calls for papers, abstracts and proposals for journals, anthologies and conferences.

• MINCAVA. The Minnesota includes information and resources on a number of violence topics and includes a section on funding.

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Note…For additional events (to attend or promote) link to the MN Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) electronic clearinghouse (a great resource for MN events, articles, and more!)  For another excellent resource, link to the Advocates for Human Rights Calendar

October 26, 2011, The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (NLN), St. Paul, for information contact:  Cassie Amundson, 651-646-5553 or

November 4, 2011, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact:

November 5, 2011, Breaking Free’s 2nd Annual Benefit Breakfast, contact Heather Caillier

November 14-18, 2011, Conference: ChildFirst®, Winona State University, contact: Susanne Walters, Victim Assistance Specialist at or 941-234-3058.

Mark your calendar for 2012 SVPN meetings (For information contact:

February 3, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN)

May 11, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN)

August 10, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN)

November 2, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN)

Please note: This distribution list is brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with support from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury 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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PLEASE NOTE: Sexual Violence Prevention Network E-News is brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with support from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury 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.

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ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
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