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Sexual Violence Prevention Network


April 20, 2012

Register Now for...SVPN Meeting/Videoconference/Live Webstream: Engaging Spiritual Communities in Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, St. Paul, MN

Engaging Spiritual Communities in Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

You are invited to explore a new model to engage spiritual communities in preventing child sexual exploitation and abuse: a Spiritual Communities Prevention Tree. You will experience how the model works, how it was used in three test communities, and how a spiritual community – yours or others with which you work – can make use of it.

Libby Bergman, Executive Director of the Family Enhancement Center, Minneapolis, MN and Amy Hartman, National Director of Cherish Our Children, Minneapolis, MN

Libby and Amy served as Co-Chairs for the Spiritual Communities Action Team in connection with the MN Department of Health – Sexual Violence Prevention Program.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (note: we’re meeting on a Wednesday not a Friday this time)

Location: Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN

REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all locations and for live webstream, link to:
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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4th Annual Zumbathon, Saturday, April 21, 2012, Blaine, MN

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Webinars on Transgender Sexual Assault, April 25 and April 30, 2012

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, FORGE welcomes you to attend two webinars on transgender victims of sexual assault.  Both webinars are geared towards victim service providers, but all people who serve transgender, gender non-conforming and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) survivors are welcome to attend. 

Transgender 101: Serving Gender Variant Crime Victims
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 , 2:00pm Central
Sign up today! It's easy!
This fast-paced 1.5 hour webinar is designed to assist victim service providers in better serving transgender survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence. Many providers are committed to serving transgender clients, but seek additional information in order to provide more competent and sensitive services.

This webinar will primarily focus on basic transgender concepts, but will include references and examples specific to victim service providers. The components covered will include: 1) discussing the diversity under the "transgender umbrella"; 2) exploring social, medical, legal, and other options transgender people may pursue; 3) stimulating thought about which components of a transgender person's life might (or might not be) relevant to the roles crime victim professionals play; and 4) disseminating resources to support transgender crime victims and the professionals who serve them. Pre-webinar worksheets will help guide participants during the webinar. Polls and ample time for questions and answers will help solidify materials learned. Learn more...

Transgender Survivors: Statistics, Stories, Strategies
Monday, April 30, 2012, 2:00pm Central
Click to register! It's free!
This fast-paced 1.5 hour webinar will encourage participants to expand their transgender vocabulary and conceptual framework(s), specifically in how they apply to transgender sexual assault survivors. Attendees will increase their ability to fluidly and respectfully interact with and serve transgender survivors and loved ones.

Topics will include prevalence rates, barriers to accessing services, and unique issues facing transgender survivors and service providers. Participants will leave with practical steps that will assist them in modifying existing policies and procedures, identifying and lowering barriers to service, and improving effective services to transgender survivors and loved ones. Learn more...

Both webinars will be hosted by FORGE staff Loree Cook-Daniels (Policy and Program Director) and Michael Munson (Executive Director).

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Author Event: Patricia Weaver Francisco, Saturday, April 28, 2012, Anoka, MN

Patricia Weaver Francisco, creative writing instructor at Hamline University and author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery, will read from her memoir and talk about the role of the community and of trusted listeners in helping victims recover from sexual violence. Winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Telling was called "required reading" by the American Psychological Society Review of Books.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments and door prizes will be provided by the Sexual Assault Action Team of Anoka County. Contact the Anoka County Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 763-780-2330 or visit For more information about library programs call 763-576-4695 or visit

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Rum River Library, 4201 6th Avenue, Anoka

This program is presented in partnership with Anoka County Library, Anoka County Community Health, and the Sexual Assault Ac??on Team of Anoka County and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Demand the Change for Children Celebration, Saturday, April 28, 2012

Demand the Change for Children Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mall of America Rotunda

Join us for this fun, inspirational, and family-friendly celebration to mobilize the community to end child sexual abuse and to celebrate children.
You don’t usually hear “fun,” “inspirational,” and “family-friendly” in the same sentence as child sexual abuse, but child sexual abuse:
* Is something we can easily talk about;
* Is  preventable; and
* You can be part of the solution!
Be part of a movement dedicated to social justice and social change to stop the sexual harm before it is ever perpetrated. See how you/we can make a better world…beginning today!

Program and Entertainment
* Emcee: T. Mychael Rambo  (Emmy award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, NAACP Image Award Nominee and affiliate professor at U of MN College of Theatre Arts and Dance)
* Children’s and Youth voices
* Stories of Healing and Inspiring Acts of Prevention
* Wishing Pond
* Drumming
* Children’s Activities and Games

In the recently released National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Study, The Centers for Disease Control states:  “Prevention efforts should start early by promoting healthy, respectful relationships in families…and emotionally supportive environments. These relationships provide a strong foundation for children, help them to adopt positive interactions based on respect and trust, and foster effective and non-violent communication.”

Please join us on April 28 and sign up to show your support. Link to the website on Facebook and Twitter, invite your friends and family, be a partner or sponsor, and be part of the solution!

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Film Screening Documentary: The Invisible War, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Minneapolis, MN

Film screening of documentary "The Invisible War" (click here to view the trailer: )

Date:  Wednesday, May 2
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm (reception at 6:30, film at 7 followed by a panel discussion)
Location: Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Institute on the U of M campus
Tickets: $10.00, purchase at

Invited speaking guests:
- Trista Matascastillo - Chair of the Women Veterans Initiative, informed speaker on the topic (confirmed)
- Donna Dunn - Ex. Director of MNCASA - MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault (confirmed)
- Chuck Derry - Ex. Director of the Gender Violence Institute (confirmed)
- Sen. Al Franken, author of federal legislation on rape in the military (not confirmed)
- Jill Hasday, U of M Law Professor, law review author on exclusion of women in combat/gender discrimination (not confirmed)

Note: See NY Times article: Panetta Proposes New Sexual Assault Rules for the Military

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Teenwise Minnesota Conference, May 3-4, 2012, Brooklyn Center, MN

Be a part of the most comprehensive training event in Minnesota that focuses on current research, science-based approaches, educational resources, policy initiatives and emerging issues related to adolescent sexual health, pregnancy prevention and adolescent parent support.

Don't delay. Register today and tell your friends to register too! For more information and to register, visit Teenwise Minnesota's conference page.

Questions? Contact the conference team: David Kurtzon, or Tammy Peterson,

We look forward to seeing you at the Earle Brown Heritage Center on May 3-4!

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Hold the Date: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2012

Mark your calendars for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. More information to follow soon!

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A Landmark Study on the Impact of Trauma on Children and Adolescents

A Landmark Study on the Impact of Trauma on Children and Adolescents

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

Question: How does long-term trauma affect a child's development?
The Research: In 2000, Annette Streeck-Fischer and Bessel van der Kolk authored a brilliant review of the research on chronic trauma and child development. They integrated object relations, attachment and cognitive development theory with biology and neuroscience to create a comprehensive and powerful picture of the multiple layers of impact that long-term (as opposed to single incident) trauma has on the development and behavioral trajectories of children and youth.

The article argues convincingly that such long-term traumatic exposure frequently interferes with a child's ability to:
* play (critical to developing self-control and competence)
* develop object constancy (central to perceiving interpersonal messages accurately)
* establish attachments (with a simultaneous impact on self-regulation)
* solve life problems (e.g., generating fight/flight responses or impulsivity)
* stay in reality (i.e., dissociation, disintegration)

Referencing more recent research in biology and neuroscience, the authors discuss the impact of such trauma on the "hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis" and various parts of the brain. They then explain how this impact reduces a child's ability to experience life events accurately, reflect upon them, or make important rational, logical or causal connections. The authors then offer a wide variety of ways this long-term trauma may present itself in a child or adolescent, including becoming developmentally regressed; self-destructive; impulsive; anti-social; substance abusing; and suffering from major sensory, attention, and learning problems.

The authors point out that all of these states serve to eliminate perceived threats and to regulate emotional distress. Based upon these findings, they conclude with a more hopeful message that describes the elements of the healing process. They include a safe environment, opportunities for non-interpersonal play and mastery, and the presence of a consistent and predictable caregiver. There have been many articles on trauma generally; Streek-Fischer and van der Kolk have provided an excellent platform for understanding all subsequent research.
Implications for Professionals:

A high percentage of children and adolescents who sexually abuse have experienced long-term trauma. Too often, the diagnostic labels of ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Sensory Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and others mask the long-term trauma that this population has experienced. The result is that professionals may ascribe intentionality as well as attitude and motivational deficits to what may actually be deeply ingrained, unconscious survival strategies.

Professionals working with children and adolescents who have experienced long-term trauma must bring to each child a very high level of treatment skill, a deep understanding of all the manifestations of severe trauma as well as abuse-specific interventions. Only then are we able to both manage the sexually abusive behavior and heal the trauma. It is crucial that we honor this complexity and develop the skills to implement the most effective intervention strategies.
Continue reading:

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New report shows Minnesota STDs climbed to a new high in 2011

Health officials call for more screening and public awareness of need for prevention

A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows that the number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Minnesota climbed to a new high of 19,547 in 2011. The continued rise in STDs prompted health officials to encourage sexually active people to practice prevention and get tested regularly.

Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. There were 18,009 cases reported in 2010 and 16,912 cases reported in 2009.

Highlights within the report include:

* Chlamydia is the number one reported infectious disease in the state and reached a record level of 16,898 cases statewide with nearly one in three cases occurring in the Greater Minnesota areas. The majority of cases occurred in teens and young adults’ ages 15 to 24.   African American infection rates were 10 times higher when compared to the rates among whites, followed by American Indians (4 times higher), Latinos (3 times higher) and Asians (2 times higher).

* Syphilis cases increased slightly with 366 cases (all stages) in 2011 compared to 350 cases reported in 2010. New infections continued to be centered within the Twin Cities metropolitan area and among males, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM).  The percentage of MSM co-infected with syphilis and HIV was 57 percent.

* Gonorrhea remains the second most commonly reported STD in Minnesota with 2,283 cases reported in 2011 representing a 6 percent increase compared to 2010.  Nearly two-thirds of all gonorrhea cases occur among the 15 to 24 year old age group and cases are concentrated in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. African American infection rates were 26 times higher when compared to the rates among whites, followed by American Indians (6 times higher) and Latinos (3 times higher).

* “STDs remain a serious health threat if not detected and treated early,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger. “It’s important to let people know how serious these diseases can be and how they can be prevented.”

Health officials noted that untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility in women and men and can be passed from an infected woman to her newborn children, causing premature delivery, infant pneumonia and blindness.  Untreated syphilis can cause blindness, mental illness, dementia and death. Untreated gonorrhea can spread to organs and joints leading to life threatening conditions. “The most important message about these particular STDs is that they are all preventable,” said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section at MDH. “Consistent and correct condom use during sex can virtually stop these diseases from spreading.”

Persons can prevent getting or spreading STDs by delaying the start of sexual activity, limiting the number of sexual partners, practicing safer sex at all times, and by not sharing needles for drug use, piercing or tattooing.

“Testing and diagnosing these diseases in their early stages is another way to help stop their spread and to prevent long term health consequences,” said Carr. “The only problem is that most STDs don’t show symptoms until it’s too late. The key is to get tested regularly if sexually active.”

Health officials emphasized that getting tested for STDs each year is very important for sexually active persons - even without symptoms.  Health providers should ask their patients about their sexual risks and provide the necessary screenings per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“It is equally important that the partners of STD infected patients get tested and treated at the same time to prevent re-infection,” said Carr.  “Health providers are responsible for making reasonable attempts to assure treatment of sex partners. Expedited partner therapy or EPT can be another strategy for providers to treat partners.”

In Minnesota, EPT is legal and allows physicians to dispense prescriptions or medications through their patients who have tested positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea to treat the patient’s sexual partners who are uninsured, unwilling or unable to get to a clinic. Health officials noted that an MDH survey reported last year found that only 58 percent of respondents currently use EPT as standard practice, when appropriate.

To learn more about STD statistics, prevention, testing and treatment, resources are available:

* The complete Minnesota STD Surveillance Report – 2011, STD fact sheets; information about expedited partner therapy; National STD Awareness Month (April) campaign materials; and ,a link to CDC’s STD treatment guidelines can be found on the MDH website at:
* The Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership (MCP), of which MDH is a member, has developed the first-ever action plan to reduce and prevent chlamydia in the state:
* The MDH Partner Services Program provides follow-up services to people with HIV, syphilis, and those referred from clinics with untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea and their sexual partners who may need examination and treatment. Partner referral cards are available to clinics from the MDH to help clients notify their partners anonymously.
* For confidential information  about the prevention, testing locations and treatment of STDs, call the Minnesota Family Planning & STD Hotline, toll free, at 1-800-78-FACTS (voice or TTY), 651-645-9360 (Metro area), or visit their web site at

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Exposing Sex Trafficking in America

Excellent video: Actress Mira Sorvino, a Goodwill Ambassador, and Rachel Lloyd, executive director of Girls Educational Mentoring Services, join Melissa Harris Perry as they shine light on child sex-trafficking and the policies that criminalize the victims of the vicious cycle.

Rev. Dr. Katherine Henderson and Liz McDougall, General Counsel for Village Voice Media, later enter the conversation as it shifts to the outrage against The Village Voice for its website,, that critics allege facilitates child sex-trafficking.

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Book Recommendations

(Send your book recommendations to

Class Action, Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler, 

Girls Like Us, Rachel Lloyd,

Nickels, Christine Stark,

The Sum of My Parts, Olga Trujillo,

The In Between, Erica Staab,

Transforming a Rape Culture,

Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

When Survivors Give Birth, Penny Simkin, PT, and Phyllis Klaus, CSW, MFT

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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 Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation!
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

April 20, 2012, A Call to Action: Exploring Racism, Sexism, Power, Privilege, and Violence against Asian/ Pacific Islander Women and Girls, St. Paul, MN. RSVP to  or 651-793-1502

April 20, 2012 and April 29, 2012, Eighth Annual Art of Recovery, St. Paul, MN. Contact: Alicia Nichols

April 21, 2012, 4th Annual Zumbathon, Saturday, April 21, 2012, Blaine, MN. For information contact Dawn Strommen 763-783-4990

April 25, 2012, 1st Annual Conference on Child Welfare and Dependency, St. Paul, MN. Contact Jerrod Brown at 651-734-5517 or

April 26-27, 2012, 6th Annual Statewide Conference: Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: Strengthening Our Circles to End Sexual Violence, Bloomington, MN.  Call MIWSAC at 651-646-4800 or toll free at 1-877-995-4800 or email Cristine directly at

April 28, 2012, Author Event: Patricia Weaver Francisco, Anoka, MN. Link to:

April 28, 2012, Demand the Change for Children Celebration, Mall of America Rotunda. Link to: Demand the Change for Children

April 28, 2012, Green Dot Bystander Training, Bloomington, MN. Contact Shereen at 612-871-5100, x13

April 28, 2012, Author Event: Patricia Weaver Francisco, Anoka, MN.

April 29, 2012, SOS Walk Honoring Survivors of Sexual Violence, St. Paul, MN. Registration: 651-643-3022 or

May 2, 2012, Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN): Engaging Spiritual Communities in Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. To register link to:

May 2, 2012, Film Screening Documentary: The Invisible War, Minneapolis, MN. Link to

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

May 6, 2012 Demand Change MATTOO 2012, Minneapolis, MN. RSVP

May 8, 2012, Freedom Here & Now: Ending Modern Slavery, Minneapolis, MN. Link to  

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

July 30-Aug 1, 2012, Summer Institute in Adolescent Health: Equal Access, Equal Say: Achieving Health Equity for All Young People, St. Paul, MN. To register: For more information link to and click on the continuing education link.

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:

 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:

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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