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Sexual Violence Prevention Network


March 24, 2014

Action Day to End Violence Against Women, March 26, 2014

Action Day to End Violence Against Women is a collective effort by six statewide coalitions to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of violence against women in Minnesota. This year’s focus is on safety: the foundation of every issue.

Sponsored by: Mending the Sacred Hoop, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, Minnesota Alliance on Crime, Men's Action Network, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.

For more information, link to: (link removed)

Mending the Sacred Hoop:

Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition:

Minnesota Alliance on Crime:

Men's Action Network:

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault:

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women:

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault:

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Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting: "Online, Offline, and Over-the-Line: Youth and the Internet," St. Paul, MN, May 8, 2014

Online, Offline, and Over-the-Line: Youth and the Internet

With an estimated 16 million users under the age of 18, it is impossible to deny that the Internet has changed the social life of youth.  The Internet has influenced what youth know, and the way they think, feel, and behave. Clearly, the Internet has had a significant, positive impact in the lives of youth, but there is a dark side that we cannot deny.  Pornography, gambling, sexual harassment, sex offenders, and online bullying;  these are just a few of the issues youth face when they access the Internet.

This presentation will review the latest research related to youth and their online behavior.  Particular attention will be paid to the sexual aspects of the Internet that influence youth in the online world.  The presentation will also discuss what youth need to know to maintain emotional health in an electronic world and how adults can be involved in this process.

Presenter: Elizabeth Griffen

Elizabeth Griffin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty - nine years experience assessing and treating adolescents and adults who struggle with sexual issues.  Ms. Griffin lectures and consults nationally on the assessment and treatment of problematic online sexual behaviors, sexually compulsive behaviors, and sexual offending behaviors. She also lectures on Internet safety issues to a variety of audiences including youth. Ms. Griffin has published numerous academic articles on issues related to problematic sexual behavior both offline and online. She has also co-authored several books and workbooks including In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior, Cybersex Unhooked, Cybersex Unplugged, and Illegal Images:  Critical Issues and Strategies for Addressing Child Pornography Use.

* 9:30 a.m.  – 9:45 a.m., Registration and Networking
* 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Presentation
* 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Resource sharing

Registration for this meeting is free but required, link to:

NEW LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING: Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy North, St Paul, MN, 55104, Amherst H. Wilder Room (i.e. auditorium A). Free parking is available in their ramp. Directions:

Questions: Contact
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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Archived link: Sexual Violence Prevention Network February meeting "Using Your Story to Change Minds"

If you missed our February SVPN meeting "Using Your Story to Change Minds," an archived link is now available:

Special thanks to Amy Brugh for the very informative session, and also to those who shared their personal stories to help us all with this learning.

Here is the description:

"Using Your Story to Change Minds"
With the legislature starting at the end of February, now is a great time to build your confidence and skills for educating/talking with your legislators about the issues that matter to you.  We know that the Civil Commitment Task Force recommendations will be on their agenda but what can we do to ensure that sexual violence prevention is on their agenda too?

We’ll start our presentation with an overview of the legislative process and quickly move into talking about how to create effective messages. Then, we’ll work in small groups to practice delivering our messages.  You’ll leave this session with confidence and skills to use your personal stories to advance policies at the legislature...and at the community/organizational level as well.

Presenter: Amy Brugh, Amy Brugh Consulting

Amy Brugh is a nonprofit consultant specializing in planning, facilitation and project management, with a particular focus in advocacy and public health. Previously she was the Director of External Relations at the Minnesota AIDS Project, where she was charged with advancing the fundraising, communications, public policy and volunteer programs, and the Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, where she lobbied elected officials and conducted grassroots legislative and electoral campaigns.

Amy currently serves on the board of directors of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and MCN’s subsidiary organization, Nonprofit Insurance Advisors. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Webinar: Moving Upstream: Maximizing your Impact, May 7, 2014

During this MNCASA webinar, work planning tools will be shared which can be used to both plan out all the steps of your project AND think ahead about how to measure the impact of your work. Many of us have limited time and money for our work and a little planning can go a long way towards increasing our collective impact. You’ll receive a toolkit with resources you can use to evaluate the impact of your work.

This is part five in the Moving Upstream webinar series (but okay to participate at any time!). Link here to register: (link removed)

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Archived Webinar Recording: Moving Upstream: Gathering Information About Your Community

An archived link to MNCASA's webinar: "Moving Upstream: Gathering Information About Your Community" is now available.

To view the recording, link to: For more information about Champion Communities, link to:

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2014 Resources

The 2014 National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. This campaign provides tools on healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth. Learn how you can play a role in promoting a healthy foundation for relationships, development, and sexual violence prevention. SAAM 2014 engages adults in supporting positive youth development, and encourages young people to be activists for change. This April, use your voice to impact our future. Many resources also are available in Spanish.

2014 resources include:

An overview of healthy adolescent sexual development:

Best practices for engaging youth as partners in sexual violence prevention:

Strategies for becoming an adult ally:

Safe Sex(uality): Talking about what you need and want:

Becoming an agent of social change: A guide for youth activists:


Link to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) for more information:


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Resource: ACES Too High

ACESTooHigh ( is a site that covers what towns, cities, states, social service agencies and organizations, schools, the juvenile justice, criminal justice, public health and medical communities are doing to reduce the burden of ACEs for the tens of millions of people in the United States who have high ACE scores. Links to those projects and programs are posted on the ACEs in Action page (

There’s also the accompanying social network community of practice called ACEsConnection (, for people who work in these communities to share best and worst practices, information about upcoming events, and to set up groups who want to collaborate on projects. That network also has a rich Resource Center that you enter from the home page.

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ChildTrends: Sexual Assault and Victim Blaming: the College Experience?

The year I began college – 2007 – a landmark study was released highlighting that one in five women on college campuses had experienced a rape or attempted rape. So, when I left home to attend school in DC my mom and sister were shouting warnings at me until I closed their car door. At the time, I thought they were being overprotective. By the time I completed my master’s program, however, the number of my friends that had been attacked by their friends or dating partners was more than I could count on both hands. Like 60 percent of sexual assault victims nationwide, most of my friends never reported these crimes. And our experiences are not isolated.

Campus sexual assault has dominated recent headlines, as students across the country are coming together to speak out against a culture of sexual violence many feel is pervading their campuses. That we are pressed to find a campus not struggling with the issue of sexual assault is perhaps one reason that the Obama Administration put together a task force on campus sexual assault in January and Vice President Biden began his listening campaign last week with students, survivors, and advocates to find out what can be done to decrease sexual assault on University campuses as part of a renewed call to action to end rape and sexual assault.

Young women ages 16-24, in particular face the highest rates of teen dating violence and sexual assault. Child and adolescent victims of sexual assault are 2-11 times more likely to be victimized in adulthood than individuals who were not victims during childhood or adolescence. Victims of sexual assault are also at increased risk for PTSD, depression, self-harm, suicide, substance use, sleep disorders, and eating disorders.

A recent study found that nine percent of teens ages 14-21 have committed an act of sexual violence, including coercive sex, forced sexual contact and rape. Young perpetrators were equally likely to be male or female. Alarmingly, over half of these young perpetrators of abuse blame the victim for their own actions.

This victim-blaming mentality is harmful to survivors. The Chicago Task Force on Violence Against Girls and Young Women created a reporting toolkit, with recommendations for reframing the dialogue around sexual assault. Suggestions include framing the perpetrator of violence using active language. For example, a headline reporting that "Sam was attacked" should instead state that “Chris attacked Sam." The first headline emphasizes the victim as the subject of the act while the perpetrator is indirectly alluded to as an unnamed, passive player.

The toolkit also notes the importance of removing victim-blaming language entirely from any dialogue or reporting. For example, asking or answering an assault victim questions such as: "what were you wearing?; why were you walking alone?" places the fault of the crime on the victim.

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PreventConnect’s David Lee opinion piece on primary prevention

In January, President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The members of this task force (which include the Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Education) have many tasks, including "providing institutions with evidence-based best and promising practices for preventing and responding to rape and sexual assault."

In the last month, many organizations have provided the Task Force feedback through listening sessions held in February and written input. From my perspective as a prevention practitioner, we need to ensure prevention, including primary prevention, is part of a comprehensive approach to addressing sexual violence on college campuses and in our communities.

A comprehensive approach to prevent sexual violence incorporates diverse strategies that are culturally relevant, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and consider risk and protective factors on the individual, relationship, community and societal levels. We want prevention efforts that are informed by the best available evidence as well as fit the specific needs of the community.

When reviewing several organizations input to the community, I was alarmed when I saw the recommendations to the Task Force from RAINN that defined primary prevention in this manner: “…the most effective — the primary — way to prevent sexual violence is to use the criminal justice system to take more rapists off the streets.” While a criminal justice response is part of the solution, we cannot end rape by primarily enforcing criminal laws. I cannot think of any social problem that has been solved primarily by criminal enforcement.

In order to prevent sexual violence we need to identify community-wide solutions, not only actions that are addressing sexual assault on an individual case-by-case basis. Thus, changing culture and norms that shape behaviors are key elements to prevention. I do not see the value of labeling efforts to end rape culture as an “unfortunate trend” as RAINN does in their recommendations.

Finding ways to effectively transform rape culture is a necessary piece of the change we seek. I recommend comprehensive community-based solutions. In February, I had the opportunity to speak about prevention at the UVA Dialogue on Sexual Misconduct Among College Students. I described how effort to prevent sexual violence should include all of these elements:

* Services: Provide victim-centered supportive services to survivors of sexual violence and those impacted by violence by sexual violence, and dedicate sufficient resources to support individual and community healing.

* Systems: Build effective responses, services and systems response to sexual violence incidents to provide consistent community and social sanctions for perpetrators of violence.

* Awareness: Conduct efforts to engage the community in dialogue around sexual violence as a serious community issue, raising the profile of the problem of sexual violence, and making it relevant to individual and community lived experience. This includes efforts toward public safety that focus on helping individuals and communities managing the existing conditions that facilitate sexual violence. Such safety efforts can include publicizing available resources, individual empowerment strategies, and community safety plans.

* Primary Prevention: Implement strategies that seek to develop healthy, robust, and just communities crucial to interrupt the culture in which sexual violence thrives. These strategies promote the norms and behaviors that support a community without sexual violence.

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International survey on men's anti-violence engagement

The Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention research team invites you to participate in a survey on men's anti-violence engagement. The survey closes on March 31. The goals of this trilingual survey are to learn about men's experiences with gender-based violence prevention events around the world, and about strategies that may be effective in involving larger numbers of men in violence prevention work.

Please consider forwarding this email to your colleagues, networks and/or listservs a final time. Additionally, if you identify as male, are involved in anti-violence work in some way, and have not yet taken the survey, we would love for your voice to be included!

You can take the survey or learn more about it here: (link removed)

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Web Resources and Book/Film Recommendations

* Cordelia Anderson  
* Division of Indian Work
* Minnesota Alliance on Crime
* 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 Resource Center
* 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
* PreventConnect
* VAWnet Violence Against Women National Online Resource Center

Book/Film Recommendations
(Send your recommendations to

* Class Action, Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler
* Don’t Get so Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding your own. A guide for Caregivers. Tamar Jacobson, Ph.D.
* Frontline: Rape in the Fields
* Girls Like Us, Rachel Lloyd
* Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristoff
* It’s so Amazing! A book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families, Robie H. Harris
* Miss Representation
* Nickels, Christine Stark
* The Invisible War
* The Sum of My Parts, Olga Trujillo
* The In Between, Erica Staab
* The Round House, Louise Erdrich
* Then I am Strong: Moving from My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, Meg Blaine Corrigan
* Transforming a Rape Culture
* Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
* When Survivors Give Birth, Penny Simkin, PT, and Phyllis Klaus, CSW, MFT 
* Website for books on teaching gender equality to younger grades
* Horace and Morris But Mostly Dolores by James Howe and Amy Walrod
* The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
* My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kildavis
* The Straight Line Wonder by Mem Fox

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Funding Opportunities

Grant notes, etc. is a periodic notice to inform members of JRSA (Justice Research and Statistics Association) about the status of funding opportunities from the Office of Justice Programs and other federal agencies. These notices are culled from a number of sources, including The Federal Register and Link to Justice Research and Statistics Association at:

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.

VAWnet - Grants and Funding Opportunities:

VAWnet - Funding Alert (PDF): 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. Go to

Searchable online document of grants

The U.S. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has launched a new, searchable online document of current funding opportunities and new initiatives, the OJP Program Plan. It features the latest and most complete information regarding both competitive and noncompetitive grants, training and technical assistance, research, and other resources available to the justice community. Go to (link removed)

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. Go to

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