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January 26, 2012

SVPN Meeting/Videoconference/Live Webstream: “Juvenile Sex Offenders: Turning Research into Action and Prevention”, February 3, 2012

Juvenile Sex Offenders: Turning Research into Action and Prevention

Why do some youth sexually offend and how does that impact our sexual violence prevention work? The facts are startling. Hear from the experts and join us in this critical discussion!

Ann Lindstrom (Panel Moderator), Prevention Policy Director, MN Sex Offender Program, Department of Human Services

Michael Miner, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Jim Scovil, Dakota County Community Corrections Deputy Director

Sarah Gravelle, LMFT, Coordinator, The SHARP Program for Youth and Families, Kenwood Center

Nancy Riestenberg, School Climate Specialist, MN Department of Education

Friday, February 3, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN

~~ Register Now ~~
REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all locations and for live webstream, link to:
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, February 2, 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.  Please promote widely!

Also, we would like to pass along a request for attendees of SVPN meetings to please avoid wearing perfume, cologne and other scented products. Thank you.

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Web Conference: Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Implications for Prevention, February 1, 2012 (repeated on February 2)

In December 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the initial findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). This survey became the subject of hundreds of news stories about the prevalence of sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. In this web conference, we will share results of the survey and explore the implications for prevention efforts.

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 and repeated on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
This ninety-minute (90 min) session begins at 11 a.m. Pacific Time (2 PM Eastern, 1 PM Central, Noon Mountain, 10 AM Alaska, 8 AM Hawaii).

(Click here to sign the wait list if the sessions are full:

Host/Presenter: David Lee, CALCASA, PreventConnect
Guest Speakers: Michele Lynberg Black, Ph.D., Division of Violence Prevention, CDC; Matt Breiding, Ph.D., Division of Violence Prevention, CDC; Kathleen Basile, Ph.D., Division of Violence Prevention, CDC
Cost: Free

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Press Conference: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Plan, February 9, 2012

Please join the State Alliance on Healthy Youth Relationships (SAHYR) led by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women as we release the state Teen Dating Violence Prevention Plan, developed as a part of an 18 month teen dating violence prevention project, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The event will include a short press conference followed by group discussions on the state Teen Dating Violence Prevention Plan as it moves into its implementation phase. We will close with a reception to celebrate the successful completion of the state plan and the possibilities that it creates to promote safe and respectful youth relationships in Minnesota.

“Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner”– a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth. -The National Council on Crime and Delinquency

5 Minnesotans between the ages of 16-21 were murdered due to dating violence in 2011.
–Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women’s 2011 Femicide Report

Teen dating violence is a pervasive problem in Minnesota and Nationwide. We look forward to your partnership as we begin to take action to prevent teen dating violence in Minnesota. Please contact Sasha Cotton at 651-646-6177x27 or with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on February 9 from 10-12  at Snelling Office Park, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN.

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SANE Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric Training, February 11-16, 2012

Become trained in either Adult/Adolescent or both Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric Protocol (With National Trainer Diana Faugno, MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAFS, DF-IAFN).

Training Details:
Cost for the Adult/Adolescent four-day training is $350.00.
Cost for the Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric Combined six-day training is $450.00.

This training will require homework to be completed prior to and during the training. Participants will need to review the Sexual Assault - Forensic & Clinical Management DVD practicum, provided by the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) in the cost of training.
The training will be held at Essentia Health Hermantown Clinic, Hermantown, MN. A block of rooms is reserved for a reduced rate at the downtown Duluth Radisson Hotel. Space is limited so make your arrangements soon by calling 218-727-1490.
To register for this training, please contact Meghan Gantz or Cizzarie Schomberg at 218-726-1442.

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Action Day to End Violence Against Women, March 6, 2012

Action Day at the State Capitol is a collective effort by six statewide coalitions (the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW), Sacred Hoop, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC), the Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life (MNALL), and Minnesota Men’s Action Network (MNMAN) to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of violence against women in Minnesota. For more information link to:

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Ending Violence Against Women: From the Local to the Global, March 27, 2012

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm
Location: William Mitchell College of Law auditorium, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

World Without Genocide: Ending Violence Against Women: From the Local to the Global

California attorney Nadia Costa, keynote speaker, will discuss her six-year-long effort to free Debbie Peagler from life imprisonment for murder of an abusive spouse.  Other speakers include Cheryl Thomas, attorney at The Advocates for Human Rights, with an overview of women’s rights at a global level, and Suzanne Koepplinger, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, on local American Indian women affected by human trafficking. 

The symposium is open to the public ($10; $25 for 2 Elimination of Bias CLE credits for lawyers).  Link here for more information

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Call for Exhibitors for Teenwise Minnesota's 2012 Conference, May 3-4, 2012

Please join us as an exhibitor for Teenwise Minnesota's Annual Conference, May 3-4, 2012 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.

The Teenwise Minnesota Conference convenes approximately 350 social service and health care providers, educators, advocates, program directors and youth who work to promote adolescent sexual health, prevent adolescent pregnancy, HIV and STIs, and support pregnant and parenting teens in Minnesota.

Visit the Conference page of the Teenwise Minnesota website for more information and an application: (link removed)

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National Call to Action Institute and Conference, July 9-13, 2012

The Women of Color Network (WOCN) is excited to announce the 2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference scheduled for July 9-13, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN. The theme for this ground-breaking experience is “Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation.” The framework for the institute and conference is based on the following guiding principles:

Uniting women of color across ethnicity, race, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, body type, faith, discipline, and locality for collective survival. Inspiring those working to be allies to aim for collective liberation in challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, trans phobia, ableism, xenophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression and bias.

As we move forward collectively, we need to hear from you, our constituents. This is a means to ensure that both the institute and conference meet your needs while providing an empowering atmosphere and access to trainings that seek to sustain leadership and collaboration within the anti-violence against women movement.

Please take a few minutes, to complete the initial 2012 WOCN Institute and Conference Planning RSVP Survey. Know that all responses will be collected anonymously, remain confidential and used solely for planning purposes. Link here for more information

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Save the Date: 2012 National Sexual Assault Conference, August 22-24, 2012, Chicago, IL

National Sexual Assault Conference: Revive, Rethink, Reclaim.  Watch for early bird conference registration in April 2012.

Co-hosted by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. For more information, link here:

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The National Child Protection Training Center 2012 Trainings and Events

The National Child Protection Training Center aids professionals around the world by offering affordable and contemporary training topics. NCPTC provides state-of-the-art facilities and expert instruction for students and professionals on how to better recognize, react, and respond to children who are being abused. 

2012 Trainings and Events

February 23 to 24 - Investigation and Litigation of Civil Child Protection Cases  (Bentonville, AR){ABF1EF81-595A-491E-BB56-5A821111730B}

March 5 to 7 - Advanced Forensic Interviewer Training: Interviewing Young Children  (Bentonville, AR){15F81D89-4F7A-4FE2-B02F-DD6A4A478AB3}

March 8 to 9 - Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse  (Bentonville, AR){85AB62E9-5165-4A14-9506-A40E7F7D70FF}

March 22 - Child Abuse & the Law  (Online course){34ACDDC9-0F5A-41AE-B74A-50833BB27CB7}

April 23 to 30 - Spank Out Day

May 9 to 11 - Forensic Interviewer at Trial  (Winona, MN){7C4EA318-F208-4813-8451-44E1D1021C2D}

May 14 - Seminary Curriculum: When Faith Hurts  (Winona, MN){25441AD1-2343-4644-926F-0B5E8C0ACD37}

May 23 to 25 - Advanced Forensic Interviewer Training: Interviewing Teenage Victims of Abuse  (Little Rock, AR){15F81D89-4F7A-4FE2-B02F-DD6A4A478AB3}

June 11 to 13 - From Crime Scene to Trial  (Winona, MN){E1A6CC80-5CBE-4E8E-84BF-AA72BF706E69}

July 9 to 13 - JWRC Trek  (St. Paul, MN)

July 10 to 12 - Prevention Conference  (Twin Cities area){65688ED4-0EC8-4683-8CA3-22F903A2CE1D}

For additional information on these events and many more offerings, link to:{AD52E178-3A36-4A98-976E-BA63C377540E}

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NSVRC Releases New Prevention Report

The NSVRC is pleased to announce the release of the Prevention Assessment Year 2 Report: Innovations in Prevention, prepared for the NSVRC by Stephanie M. Townsend, PhD.  Special thanks to PreventConnect for providing additional support to augment the assessment and include an examination of how innovations diffuse.

This second phase of the NSVRC’s Prevention Assessment project focused on interviews with innovative prevention programs and a diffusion survey to document how innovations have spread throughout the sexual violence prevention field.  The emphasis of this assessment was on how programs are thinking about primary prevention and the processes that allowed innovation to develop. This report contains findings from that assessment.

Podcasts conducted by PreventConnect with some of the programs interviewed for the report can be found in the following link:

The Year 1 report of the Prevention Assessment Project, released in 2011, can be found here: 

If you have questions about this report or the prevention assessment project, please contact

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Happy early Valentine’s Day!

“Valentine, Be Yours” cards are available from

The cards feature a heart with an equal sign (now the logo for “Voices of Men” and The Voices Project), along with a message that promotes healthy relationships. 
In the past, local groups have printed these cards and used them with high schools, middle schools, colleges and adults.  Some groups have tied carnations to each card and sold them as fundraisers.  Others have translated them into different languages. 
Every year, we offer these designs free of charge.  This year, in memory of the late, great Ellen Pence, we ask that folks make an optional donation to your local domestic violence program or rape crisis center, or (as is being done in lieu of flowers for Ellen’s memorial) the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women,

Ellen was a giant in our movement – personally, she taught me the value of using humor to disarm an audience’s defensiveness when educating them about these topics. Her example inspired me to create the play “Voices of Men,” and I miss her very much.  Ben Atherton-Zeman

Ben Atherton-Zeman: Feminist, actor, husband. Performs a one-man play “Voices of Men,” working to end sexual and domestic violence. Video clips available at

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Judith Kahn, MSW hired as Teenwise Minnesota’s new Executive Director

Judith Kahn, MSW was recently hired as Teenwise Minnesota’s new Executive Director. Judith is known locally and nationally as a strong leader, collaborative partner, strategic thinker and passionate advocate for young people.  She has devoted her professional and personal life to ensuring that all young people have the knowledge, skills and supports and opportunities they need to live healthy lives.

Judith comes to Teenwise with a wealth of experience in the public and non-profit arenas.  Most recently, Judith has been leading Judith Kahn + Associates, L.L.C., a consulting group working with communities, agencies and states to implement strategies for effective youth development policies, practices and programs.

Previously, Judith was the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, an intergovernmental policy organization focused on improving the well-being of Minneapolis children and youth, and was the founder and first Executive Director of the Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota.

Judith has written and co-authored numerous publications related to adolescent health and development and serves on the board of several youth and family organizations.

Teenwise Minnesota is at an exciting moment in our history. We have a new name, a new leader and a bold vision for the future. We are eager to continue our work to promote the sexual health and well-being of young people across our state and are thrilled to have Judith Kahn lead the way. (link removed)

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Article: What is the difference between adolescents who sexually abuse and others who commit non-sexual crimes?

Article: What is the difference between adolescents who sexually abuse and others who commit non-sexual crimes?

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick

What differentiates youth who have sexually abused from those who don't reoffend or reoffend in non-sexual ways?

The Research
In September 2011, Julie Carpentier and Jean Proulx published a study designed to identify the risk factors for re-offense among adolescents who had sexually abused. They chose a sample of 351 male adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18, who had sexually offended and had been assessed at an outpatient center in Montreal, Canada. The study examined over 100 variables to correlate with any new criminal charges in three areas: overall recidivism; violent recidivism (including violent sexual recidivism); and, sexual recidivism.

With a mean follow-up period of 8 years, the results confirm that adolescents who have sexually abused committed other criminal offenses, but few sexually abused again. More specifically, the study indicated that: 10% were charged with at least one new sexual offense; 30% were charged with a violent offense (including sexual offenses); and 45% were charged with a new offense (of any kind).

The study concluded that the youth reoffended relatively quickly (almost half of those who commit another offense do so within two years, 75% do so within four years). Identified risk factors for each of the three areas included:

Sexual Recidivists: paternal abandonment (plays a particularly important role in sexual criminality beyond adolescence) and association with significantly younger children.

Violent and Overall Recidivists: an official criminal record, an unofficial history of delinquency, and a diagnosis of ADD (all of which the authors suggest may be understood as indices of impulsivity or low self-control).

All Recidivists: Sexual victimization was the only risk factor associated with an increase in the risk of sexual, violent, and overall recidivism.

Continue reading: NEARI Newsletter, 1/22, Volume 5, Issue 1,

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Article: Men Struggle for Rape Awareness

Keith Smith was 14 when he was raped by a driver who picked him up after a hockey team meeting. He had hitchhiked home, which is why, for decades, he continued to blame himself for the assault.

When the driver barreled past Hartley’s Pork Pies on the outskirts of Providence, R.I., where Mr. Smith had asked to be dropped off, and then past a firehouse, he knew something was wrong.  “I tried to open the car door, but he had rigged the lock,” said Mr. Smith, of East Windsor, N.J., now 52. Still, he said, “I had no idea it was going to be a sexual assault.”

Even today, years after the disclosure of the still-unfolding child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the arrest of a former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing boys, rape is widely thought of as a crime against women.

Until just a few weeks ago, when the federal government expanded its definition of rape to include a wider range of sexual assaults, national crime statistics on rape included only assaults against women and girls committed by men under a narrow set of circumstances. Now they will also include male victims.

While most experts agree women are raped far more often than men, 1.4 percent of men in a recent national survey said they had been raped at some point. The study, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that when rape was defined as oral or anal penetration, one in 71 men said they had been raped or had been the target of attempted rape, usually by a man they knew. (The study did not include men in prison.)

Continue reading:

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Commentary: What counts as rape, and who counts as a survivor

Commentary: What counts as rape, and who counts as a survivor

By Nancy Donoval
January 23, 2012

For the first time in 80 years, the FBI has changed its definition of rape. This won't change state or federal laws or how rapes are prosecuted. It will change how rape and attempted rape are counted in national statistics. So, if this is just an accounting change for a report most of us will never see, why should we care?

The word "rape" has power. You can't fight or heal what you cannot name. When I was in college, I told this guy I was dating about a bad thing that had happened the year before with someone I thought was my friend. He said, "Nancy, that's rape. What you just described is called rape."

As soon as he said it, I knew he was right ... and I wondered why I hadn't figured it out for myself. Now I know that lots of survivors don't realize what happened counts as rape. Or the idea is too painful and we take refuge in denial. Continue reading:

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Book Recommendations

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The Sum of My Parts, Olga Trujillo, 

Nickels, Christine Stark, 

The In Between, Erica Staab,

Girls Like Us, Rachel Lloyd, 

Transforming a Rape Culture,

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Web Resources

Cordelia Anderson

Minnesota Battered Women’s Coalition 

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse MINCAVA 

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

Minnesota Department of Health Sexual Violence Prevention Program 

Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs 

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition 

Minnesota Men’s Action Network (link removed)

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

The National Child Protection Training Center
The Advocates for Human Rights

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexual Violence Prevention

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

National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) 

Prevention Institute 


VAWnet Violence Against Women National Online Resource Center

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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 includes 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 MN Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) 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 and the Minnesota Women’s Consortium Calendar.

February 1, 2012 (repeated February 2), Webconference: Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Implications for Prevention. Link to:

February 3, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN): Juvenile Sex Offenders: Turning Research into Action and Prevention.  For information contact

February 9, 2012, Press Conference: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Plan. Contact or call 651-646-6177x27.

February 11-16, 2012, SANE Training. Contact Meghan Gantz or Cizzarie Schomberg at 218-726-1442.

March 6, 2012, Action Day to End Violence Against Women. Link to:

March 27, 2012, Ending Violence Against Women: From the Local to the Global. Link to:

May 3-4, 2012, Teenwise Minnesota’s 2012 Conference. Link to: (link removed) .

July 9-13, 2012, National Call to Action Institute and Conference. Link to:

August 22-24, 2012, National Sexual Assault Conference, Chicago, IL. Link to:

2012 ongoing training opportunities from the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC). Link to:{AD52E178-3A36-4A98-976E-BA63C377540E}.

Mark your calendar for 2012 SVPN meetings:
 February 3, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact

May 2, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact

August 10, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact
November 2, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN). For information contact

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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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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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