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December 29, 2004

Fact Sheet on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Please visit the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault for a new fact sheet, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Other factsheets available as well.

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Minnesota Student Survey 2004 Statewide Conference: Shaping Growth, Development and Learning, January 26, 2005

Findings from the spring 2004 survey of over 130,000 Minnesota youth have recently been released to local school districts statewide. The January Conference will bring together leaders and providers from schools and communities to learn about the statewide results of the Minnesota Student Survey. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the trends in adolescent behavior and attitudes during the past 15 years and to learn from each other about how to use this valuable resource to improve youth programs and services.

Holiday Inn North
1201 W County Rd. E.
(Southwest of 694 and Lexington)
Arden Hills, MN

Please register for the conference on-line.

Participation is limited to 320 attendees so please register early.

Meanwhile, MN Student Survey data are available on-line (press release) from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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From the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools: Bullying

InFocus: Bullying-Is It Part of Growing Up, or Part of School Violence? Bullying hasn’t been much studied in the United States, it isn’t part of most teacher training curricula, and many educators think there’s little they can do to stop it. But bullying at school is getting new attention, as researchers find mental health implications in the fact that as many as one-third of students say they have either bullied someone or been the target of bullying. Researchers also consider it important that some 70 percent of the young persons who committed extreme acts of school violence such as shootings were later found to have been either victims or perpetrators of bullying in their schools.

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Ramsey County Libraries Expanding Resources for Teens & Parents

The new resources for teens and parents will be available from any Ramsey County Library and will include topics on enhancing parenting skills, healthy hobbies and skill/esteem building as well as materials related to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The Mayors Commission Against Drugs and the Hazelden Foundation funded the materials. Contact the Ramsey County Library (651-486-2200) for information on a special series of Healthy Youth Development events scheduled January - February 2005.

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Training: Restorative Measures to Repair Harm In Schools

Are you familiar with circles but don't know what questions to ask, who needs to participate, or how to effectively monitor the outcomes?
This training will provide participants information and practical skills to apply restorative practices to intervene and repair harm in a school setting. Situations such as bullying, on-going antagonisms between groups of students as well as fights and other rule violations will be examined.

Do you want to practice conducting a restorative circle with students and anxious adults?
Participants will role-play restorative dialogues and conversations, practice setting a pre-meeting, conduct a classroom circle to repair harm, conduct a circle with victims, offenders and family members, and apply problem-solving approaches for bullying intervention. Cultural differences, the use of translators and the use of community resources will be considered.

Do you need a cost-effective training on restorative measures that is practical?
Cordelia Anderson, Sensibilities Inc. will help you with pre-meetings, circles, restorative dialogues and follow-up practices. Participants will receive assignments to test these practices in their respective schools or work settings and return to a final training and consultation three months later. You must attend all three days.

The cost of the training is $100 for all three days; the fee includes materials, refreshments and lunch.

Restorative Measures to Repair Harm In Schools (a three day training)
January 20-21, April 21, 2005
St. Louis Park City Council Chambers
5005 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN
Register online

For more information contact Nancy Riestenberg, (651-582-8433).

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Free Video: Let’s Talk About “It”

Let’s Talk About “It” captures the powerful voices of students as they talk about a wide range of sexual issues young people deal with daily. While adults differ over who should teach about sexuality and what the content of such discussions should be, this play covers what is really on youths’ minds, and therefore, what needs to be discussed.

The video contains scenes from Let’s Talk About “It”, a play created and performed in the Fall 2002 by Central Touring Theatre at Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Central Touring Theatre is a unique company composed of high school students who create original works dealing with issues facing youth today. Central Touring Theatre, under the direction of teacher Jan Mandell, has been creating original plays for over 23 years.

MDH has a limited supply of copies available. For your free copy of Let’s Talk About “It” and free discussion guide, e-mail Amy Kenzie.

The Let’s Talk About “It” play and video were produced and performed by Central Touring Theatre. For more information on Central Touring Theatre contact: Jan Mandel, (651) 632-6000, ext 1021.

Funded by
The Minnesota Department of Health, through a Grant/Cooperative Agreement No. 02002 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul Ramsey County Department of Public Health.

Discussion Guide written by
Cordelia Anderson

Other resources

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MNCAVA Announces New Resource: Violence Against Women: Identifying Risk Factors

Violence Against Women: Identifying Risk Factors, from the National Institute of Justice, combines the results taken from two studies, one of which followed college women and men for 4 years, and the other, which followed low-income, mostly black women who had been victims of childhood sexual abuse. Each study found that child sexual abuse alone was a risk factor only when combined with adolescent sexual abuse. Although each study examined a narrowly defined population, taken together, both studies came to remarkably similar conclusions.

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Job Opening: Executive Director, New Horizons Crisis Center

New Horizons Crisis Center, a nonprofit agency serving crime victims in Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood and Murray counties, is seeking an Executive Director.

Bachelors degree in human service related field, and at least 3-5 years of related experience, including at least two years of program supervisory experience. Strong leadership and decision making skills necessary, along with excellent written and oral communication, organization, computer skills, and interagency collaboration. Demonstrated experience with grantwriting, budgeting, and staff supervision required. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Contact New Horizons Crisis Center, (507) 532-5764 for an application packet. Applications are due January 12, 2005.

The mission of New Horizons Crisis Center includes, but is not limited to, providing services and support for crime victims, advocacy for families, and educational programs in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties. Agency Programs: Sexual Assault, Abused Children, General Crime, Supervised Visitation, and Crisis Nursery.

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Free DNA Training Available for Law Enforcement

Now through February 2005, the Sexual Assault Resource Service of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is offering free DNA training for groups of law enforcement officers. The four training sessions focus on DNA collection and utilization in sexual assault cases and are conducted by experienced law enforcement experts. The entire training can be presented in one day.

The areas of focus include:

  • Session 1: Initial Response to Sexual Assault (1 hour)
  • Session 2: Demystifying DNA (4 hours)
  • Session 3: Identification, Collection and Preservation of DNA Evidence (1 hour)
  • Session 4: Legal Issues (1 hour)

DNA is a powerful tool and every sexual assault victim deserves the benefits of law enforcement officers being aware of DNA technology and how it can be used. DNA testing has become a critical component in identifying perpetrators.

The Sexual Assault Resource Service is hopeful that their free training will be particularly helpful to small towns, communities and rural areas that do not have the resources for training in the use of DNA in sexual assault cases.

Each host agency will be responsible for recruiting attendees and providing a training room. When recruiting, host agencies are encouraged to recruit law enforcement from other towns, communities or rural areas in order to boost enrollment.

To schedule a free training or to request further information, please contact: Sonya Overmyer, Sexual Assault Resource Service.

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Resource Helps Agencies Work With Men & Boys to Stop Abuse

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive new toolkit, Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence, is now online to help domestic and sexual violence prevention agencies. Developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and guidance from 14 state domestic and sexual violence coalitions, the toolkit shares lessons learned and details the experiences of many organizations that are doing this work in the U.S. and throughout North America.

Among many other tools, the toolkit offers case studies, handouts, community-building tools, a sample work plan, tips for building cross-cultural solidarity, a database with more than 300 online resources, and a Discussion Board that is available to those who want to share their experiences in reaching out to men and boys to prevent violence.

“For those of us who work to stop domestic and sexual violence, hope is an especially precious commodity,” said FVPF President Esta Soler. “Violence against women is so pervasive, and its consequences so deep and lasting, that at times it can be difficult to remain optimistic. But by working with men and boys, we can change social norms and make violence unacceptable. This work offers enormous promise and real hope. The new toolkit is an invaluable resource for those who are just starting out and for those who want to learn from the experiences of others.”

The materials in the new toolkit can be used to complement the FVPF’s Coaching Boys Into Men public education campaign, which many agencies around the country have localized for their communities.

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Save the Date! April 21, 2004: A Community Response to Sexual Assault: Academic, Legal and Victim Service Perspectives

On April 21, 2005, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) and the Southern St. Louis County SMART is sponsoring a day-long conference in Duluth, featuring nationally known speaker Stephen Thomspson. The conference is titled, A Community Response to Sexual Assault: Academic, Legal and Victim Service Perspectives.

Who should attend: advocates, victim service agencies, law enforcement officers, probation officers, college and high school personnel, counselors and therapists, and anyone else who works with victims in some capacity.

For more information on the conference contact:

Sue Marks, SMART Coordinator
32 East First Street, Suite 200
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 726-1442

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