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April 04, 2016

Mark your calendars for next SVPN meeting, May 12, 2016

The next quarterly SVPN meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12 at Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy North, St Paul, MN, 55104, Amherst H. Wilder Room. Pheng Thao will present on Abusive International Marriages. More details and registration information to follow soon.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and reaching online audiences throughout April is critical! The Social Media Toolkit breaks down the content available during the month. Some highlights include the SAAM Facebook profile picture, the 30 Days of SAAM Instagram contest, and Facebook and Twitter cover photos. The toolkit also identifies key events happening throughout the month such as the SAAM Day of Action on Tuesday, April 5th.

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MNCASA’s Tenth Annual AWARE Event, April 12, 2016

Tenth Annual AWARE Event at the beautiful, historic 413 on Wacouta Event Center in St. Paul's Lowertown Historic District. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:00-8:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, and wine wall. 2016 AWARE Award Honorees Joy Baker, Writer/Blogger John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney Ron Latz, State Senator Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State 2016 Visionary Voice Honoree Patty Wetterling Performance by Aby Wolf Tickets on sale now. “Like” us on Facebook for discounts on tickets. Please join us to celebrate advocates and allies who work to prevent sexual violence; honor special guests for their work to raise awareness to end sexual violence; support MNCASA’s growth as a policy leader on sexual violence issues; and commemorate April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Webinar: Treating Adult Sex Offenders: Safe Offender Strategies and the Role of Self-Regulation in Sex Offender Treatment, April 12, 2016

Jill Stinson, PhD will present Treating Adult Sex Offenders: Safe Offender Strategies and the Role of Self-Regulation in Sex Offender Treatment on April 12, 2016 from 3-4 PM, EST. The webinar is free, but space is limited. Register Now to be guaranteed a spot! Safe Offender Strategies (SOS) is a manualized sex offender treatment program emphasizing the importance of emotional, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral self-regulation. Participants in this brief webinar will learn about case conceptualization and treatment implementation using this approach. Empirical support from pilot research on psychiatric, intellectually/developmentally disabled, and SVP populations will be described. Participants will: • Review the role of self-regulation and self-regulatory deficits in the development of problematic sexual behavior; • Conceptualize treatment goals of varied sex offender groups within this framework and examine methods of incorporating Safe Offender Strategies into broader treatment programming; and • Discuss preliminary research data in support of this model of treatment. Title: Treating Adult Sex Offenders: Safe Offender Strategies and the Role of Self-Regulation in Sex Offender Treatment Presenters: Jill Stinson, PhD Date: April 12, 2016, Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EST Register for this free webinar Continuing Education Credits are available for Psychologists for this webinar. Please register prior to purchasing CEs. If you are interested please visit the Orlando Behavior Health Services Webinars web page for instructions on how to sign up for continuing education credits. After you register, we will send you information about how to sign on. If you have never participated in a webinar before, we ask that you join us 15 minutes before we begin for a short tutorial. In 15 minutes, we can teach you how to use the webinar system. Questions: email or call 413.540.0712 x14.

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Ramsey County Start by Believing Initiative, April 13, 2016

St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office is launching: Ramsey County: A Start by Believing Community. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Hamline University Sundin Music Hall 7:00-9:00 p.m. The event will include a presentation by Cordelia Anderson, and four sexual violence survivors sharing their experiences -Hear voices of lived experiences -Help transform our community’s response to sexual violence victims -Take the pledge to end sexual violence It will also include a call to action by the host of the event: Rina McManus, Public Health Director; John Choi (RCAO), Paul Schnell – Maplewood Chief of Police Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Commissioner

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Workshop: Pornography: The Impact on Children, May 17, 2016

The internet changed the reach of pornography to make it easily accessible to children, youth, and adults who otherwise wouldn’t have had the access. During that same time, the content has become dominated by hard core violence that has little to do with sex and everything to do with a profit at the expense of individual health and well-being. While many adults grew up with pornography, the reach and content were significantly different. This session describes research that shows a wide range of impact from today’s pornography on the adolescent brain and sexual behaviors. A public health approach to pornography, related research and a range of action strategies are highlighted. Speakers: Patty Wetterling and Cordelia Anderson. Date: May 17, 2016 (Register by May 11) Time: 12:30-4:30 PM Resource tables open at noon Cost: $25 (Certificate of Attendance Available) Location: Gradient Financial Center National Sports Center 1700 105th Avenue N. Blaine, Minnesota Online Event Registration Questions call: Pam 763-422-7237

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Workshop: Birds and Bees and Pornography, How to talk to your children or teens about pornography, May 17, 2016

For Parents, Guardians, Day Care Providers, Foster Care Parents and Community Members: As if talking to our children about sex and sexuality isn’t challenging enough— now we need to be talking to them about pornography too? • How would you respond if you found out your child or teen was troubled by something they saw or developed problems as a result of exposure to pornography? • How ready are you to respond to their questions or to initiate a discussion? This workshop can help you be prepared to be part of the solution. The session includes: > Research that points to why parents need to talk to their children about pornography > Conversation hurdles and conversation starters > Child development stages, maturity and life experiences > Guidelines for discussions of intentional or unintentional exposure > Available resources Speaker: Cordelia Anderson Date: May 17, 2016 Time: 6:30-8:30 PM Resource tables open at six. COST: FREE! Location: Gradient Financial Center National Sports Center 1700 105th Avenue N, Blaine, MN Pre-registration appreciated, but not required: Online Event Registration Question call: Pam, 763-422-7237

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2016 Office of Justice Programs Conference on Crime Vicitimization, May 26-27, 2016

Registration is open for the 2016 Conference on Crime Victimization: Justice for All: Moving from Disparity to Equityoptal evening welcome reception on May 25, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Cragun’s Resort, Brainerd, MN. For registration information visit 2016 OJP Conference on Crime and Victimization

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Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first ever Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit to be held June 9-10, 2016 at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN. The Summit grew out of discussions among the many people and groups involved in the Campus Sexual Assault legislation passed in Minnesota last year including the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), MnSCU, the Minnesota Private Colleges Council, the Minnesota Career Colleges Association, The Aurora Center, Metro State, St. Cloud State, and many more. The purpose of the Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit is to share best practices and experiences to create a shared community and commitment to effective prevention of sexual violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. Designed for teams of campus administrators and prevention staff, the Summit will provide practical resources needed to implement effective, comprehensive prevention programs, opportunities for campus staff to learn from each other and identify resources and successful programs on other campuses, and foster relationships among professionals whose work addresses sexual violence on campuses. The Summit will address many of the topics required by the new legislation. Campuses are encouraged to bring a team of people responsible for preventing, responding, investigating, and adjudicating reports of sexual assault on campus, including Title IX Coordinators, Prevention Staff, Student Life, Conduct Officers, Campus Security, Student Health Services, community sexual assault advocates, local law enforcement, LGBTQ Resource Center Staff, etc. This year, the focus is on staff and administrators. Depending on the response, we may add a component for students to future Summits. There will be discounted registration for groups of three from the same college or university team so start reaching out to people you work with and put together your team. Save Money, Register Early: Early bird registration rates of $95.00 per person or $260 for a group of three registering together will be available until April 22nd. After April 22nd, the rates will be $130 for individuals or $365 for groups of three registering together. Please visit the Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit website to learn more and register. Coming from Out of Town? We have arranged for a block of rooms at the Capitol Ridge Best Western near the Capitol at 161 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55103. This is less than two miles from Metro State University. More details will be available on the Summit website as soon as we have them. Questions? If you have questions about the Summit, please contact Yvonne Cournoyer at MNCASA at or 651-288-7444.

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Fact Sheet: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color

FACT SHEET: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color The White House Council on Women and Girls in collaboration with the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University will host a daylong forum on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color, which will focus on empowering and increasing opportunity for women and girls of color and their peers. The forum will bring together a range of stakeholders from the academic, private, government and philanthropic sectors to discuss ways that we can break down barriers to success and create more ladders of opportunity for all Americans, including women and girls of color. Forum participants will highlight a range of issues, including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop, and images of women in the media. Today, the Council on Women and Girls will release a progress report, “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color,”as a follow up to the 2014 report, and announce independent commitments to close opportunity gaps faced by women and girls, including women and girls of color.u

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U of M student health campaign focuses on campus mental health

'How are you?': U of M student campaign focuses on campus mental health MinnPost By Andy Steiner | 03/09/16 University of Minnesota A still from the video "How are you? Repeat something often enough and it loses its meaning. This spring, a group of University of Minnesota student government leaders are hoping to turn that assumption on its ear, by taking one of the most commonly uttered phrases in the English language and encouraging students to actually pay attention to the response when they ask a classmate, “How are you?” This effort is part of a University-wide campaign designed to focus on the mental health of U of M students, which has been under increased scrutiny ever since Boynton Health Service’s annual student survey found that the number of students reporting a mental health diagnosis had increased by 33 percent since the last time the survey was taken. For the last two years, the University’s Student Association developed and promoted a spring communications campaign; This year’s campaign, “How are you?” follows “No Gray,” the 2015 campaign, which focused on campus sexual assault. Junior Emma Mazour, Minnesota Student Association communications director, came up with the idea for “How are you?” “I thought, ‘People are always asking, ‘How are you?’ every day, but they don’t actually mean it,” she said. “They don’t really want to know how you’re doing. I just figured since it is already out there, we should re-empower those words to mean something and take the opportunity to check in with people about their mental health.” By encouraging people to pause and think about the meaning behind a rote phrase, by opening up an opportunity for an honest discussion about a young person’s emotional state, Mazour and her fellow committee members hope to encourage more open conversation around mental health. “I wanted to make people rethink their everyday actions,” Mazour said. “Mental health is a part of life. It’s something that affects so many people, yet it is not usually a topic of conversation. When we realized that the problem is that people aren’t talking about their mental health, it was a natural progression to make it the focus of the campaign and do something positive about it.” Mental illness touches everyone This campaign is central to improving the quality of life on campus for everyone, said University of Minnesota Student Body President Joelle Stangler. “I think mental health impacts the community in a lot of different ways,” she said. “Look at the academic impact: When your lab partner is struggling with mental health issues, it impacts your work on the project. When you are working on a group project, and one of the team members has a mental health issue, it’s hard for them to carry their weight. It also impacts students who are just trying to support their friends.” The “How are you?” campaign is designed to begin with one-on-one conversations between students, but organizers like Stangler hope that if those conversations reveal serious mental illness, the students involved won’t try to address on the issue themselves. These conversations are intended to be a starting point. “This campaign encourages peer-to-peer conversation about mental health as a first step,” Stangler said. “We hope that this campaign will ultimately encourage more students to seek help from trained mental health professionals.” Campaign materials feature resources where students can turn for help. How Are You? video Not everybody is comfortable having serious conversations about mental health. Because of this fact, “How are you?” organizers have also partnered with staff from the university’s Student Counseling Services to create a short online training program that gives tips on how to talk to a friend about his or her mental health. The program was launched this week. “We are utilizing a training Student Counseling Services developed for faculty,” Mazour said, explaining that the group adapted the existing training to make it appeal to a student audience, with four short videos narrated by Stangler: “We are making it accessible to students so if one of their friends is having mental health problems they know what to say. Having conversations about mental heath can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. We are trying to empower students.” Social media campaign Though there were a few live events tied to the campaign, “How are you?” organizers have largely relied on social media to communicate their message. Last Wednesday, the campaign went live on Facebook. “We’ve already gotten over 50,000 views,” Mazour said. “People are talking about it. We’ve heard a lot of good feedback. The video is just the beginning.” Through the Humans of the U of M online community, students and other community members are encouraged to share their stories of living with mental illness. Visitors are chiming in to offer support, encouragement and advice for seeking outside help. “We’re putting a face to mental illness and trying to reduce stigma,” Mazour said. By focusing on online platforms, organizers hope to make “How are you?” feel, “really accessible. Being online is a way that everybody can feel support and be part of the campaign and participate. Because it’s so easy to access, it’s hard to have an excuse not to get involved.” The campaign was announced with a YouTube video featuring a range of student leaders explaining why people don’t like to talk about mental health concerns and encouraging more open conversations about the topic. Mazour wrote the script and produced the video with help from G-TV, a student-run digital media organization. “It was an entirely student-led initiative, which makes the intent of the video even more genuine,” she said. “Students saw the importance of this issue and they wanted to help out. We all came together to make a difference.” More professional help needed If “How are you?” achieves its goal of connecting students struggling with mental illness with the professional help they need, the university’s already stretched options for student counseling will feel even more strained. There are already waiting lists for individual appointments with on-campus counselors, and while student-run volunteer groups like de-stress have stepped in to fill the gap, student groups say the university needs to hire more therapists and counselors to meet demand. This represents a change in “business as usual” at the university, Stangler acknowledges. “Only in the last decade have academic institutions begun to be expected to be responsible for mental health on campus,” she said. She hopes that U of M administrators will schedule campus meetings to discuss the topic this summer. “We would like to see the institution pause and evaluate where we are going,” she said, “but in the meantime, we are advocating for increased staffing.” The desire for action on this issue is apparent, Stangler said. “Most of the movement it has been grassroots. Fifty students showed up for a forum last week and expressed a need for mental health funding based on this campaign. I think it is creating a greater level of awareness. The demand hit us quickly over the last decade. We aren’t addressing this systematically. We need to try.” The university has responded by adding four new mental health positions: two permanent counseling staff at Boynton Mental Health Clinic, and two temporary counseling positions at Student Counseling Services. “The Office for Student Affairs is committed to this issue,” Stangler said. “They moved up the hiring to help with wait times. It’s great to see a community-driven collaboration drive change.”

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Online Resources

Minnesota: * 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 * Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota * The National Child Protection Training Center * The Advocates for Human Rights National: * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexual Violence Prevention * 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

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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: 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. 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. 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. www.minc

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