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Sexual Violence Prevention Network


February 10, 2005

Minutes and meeting information from February 4 SVPN quarterly meeting

The February 4, 2005 Sexual Violence Prevention Network meeting included Dr. Michael Obsatz's, (651) 645-1632, presentation, Helping Society Grow Up: Moving Beyond Shame, Control and Domination.

Notes from Dr. Obsatz's presentation

15 Traits of an Immature Society

  1. addiction/codependency/depression
  2. consumerism – excessive focus
  3. objectification of women
  4. narcissism
  5. sexualized affection/immature sex
  6. devaluing of “the feminine”
  7. gender role stereotypes – conformity
  8. scarcity thinking
  9. desire for control/domination
  10. shame
  11. impulsivity
  12. entitlement
  13. skill deficits
  14. emotional/spiritual emptiness\
  15. poor parenting

Personal Empowerment

  • sense of purpose
  • interpersonal skills
  • moral code
  • work ethic
  • discernment
  • self-discipline
  • empathy/compassion
  • forgiveness
  • conflict resolution skills
  • gratitude
  • economic self-sufficiency
  • accepts diversity
  • resilience
  • self-awareness

Why is Society Immature?

  • dumbed down
  • money made off insecurity
  • thinking for self takes work
  • laziness
  • fear
  • economic hardship

Sexual Violence Prevention Network Minutes


Stephen L. Onell, MS, LISW
American Red Cross
176 S. Robert St.
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(651) 291-6771
(651) 290-8993 (fax)
Coordinator of an employment readiness program for “at risk” youth at the Red Cross with a primary placement at G.A.P. School on the West Side in Saint. Paul. Services are available, as requested / agreed upon, at other sites in the Red Cross service area.

Theresa Ross
REACH Program Coordinator and Health Educator
The Annex Clinic
4915 42nd Ave. N.
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
(763) 533-1316, ext. 105
(763) 531-0315 (fax)
Celebration of Change for African American Females is an interactive curriculum-based program, created by the Annex Teen Clinic for women and young girls (ages 9-12). The program deals with issues of puberty and reproductive health. This program promotes healthy relationships among women and adolescent girls while making the topic of becoming a woman much easier to discuss. For more information or to find out how Celebration of Change can be presented to your organization or church.

Donna McDonald
Violence Prevention Coordinator
Anoka County CHES
Government Bldg.,
2100 Third Ave., Sixth floor
Anoka, MN
(763) 422-7047

Maria Scheidegger
Psychologist for battered women’s shelter
Associated Clinic of Psychology
7065 Steeple View Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(612) 578-2658

Jessie Kemmick
Youth Health Coordinator
Centro, Inc.
1915 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-1412
(612) 874-8149 (fax)
Daily after-school activities for Latino youth 12-18, including folkloric dance; teen sessions focusing on pregnancy prevention, domestic violence; gang prevention/intervention; healthy relationships, etc.; Movie night, and parent/youth sessions focused on family skill-building and communication.

Adriana Rimpel
Youth Health Coordinator
Centro, Inc.
1915 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612/874-1214 Fax: 612/874-8149
Works with youth department, serving ages 12-18, which focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, but also deals with the many aspects concerning teen pregnancy. Currently focusing on respect, specifically on gender stereotypes, self-image, relationships, and dating violence. Parents of the teens also are involved to work with their children on these issues and explore them individually.

Jane Palumbo
Community Health Specialist
Dakota County Public Health
One Mendota Road W., Ste. 410,
West Saint Paul, MN 55118
(651) 554-6123
(651) 554-6130 (fax)

Donnita Osborn
Prenatal Case Manager
Face to Face Health and Counseling Services, Inc.
1165 Arcade St.
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 772-5555
(651) 772-5566 (fax)
Prenatal classes for moms between ages 13-23 free of charge, Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Stephen L. Onell, MS, LISW
P.O. Box 270034
Vadnais Heights, MN 55127-0034
(612) 384-7078
(612) 290-8993 (fax)

  • Parenting classes at Saint Paul Red Cross, 176 S. Robert Street, Saint Paul. Fee: $120 (sliding fee available). Mondays 7-8:30 p.m., 1½ hours week, 8 sessions, 12 hours total, and Saturdays 1-5 p.m., three 4-hour sessions, 12 hours total
  • Fathers Support Group Mondays 8:35-10 p.m. held at Saint Paul Red Cross, 176 S. Robert Street, Saint Paul. Ongoing; call to verify that group is meeting.
  • Family Law Clinics (Resource materials, individual consultation with family law attorney) First and third Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Saint Paul Red Cross, 176 S. Robert Street, Saint Paul. $10 donation. Second Wednesday of each month 6-8 p.m. at Unity house, 2507 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis. $10 donation. Quarterly last Tuesday of April, July, and October 2005 at Dakota County Northern Service Center, 6-8 p.m. No donation.
  • Ongoing support services for fathers: Parenting time supervision; assistance in housing and employment; and domestic abuse/anger management assessments/counseling.

Judith Driscoll
Family Therapist
1896 Walter St.
Maplewood, MN 55109
(612) 961-2199

Barbara Taylor, RN, NP, MPH
Hamline University Health Services
(home address)
1230 W. Roselawn
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 644-8632
(651) 6644-8632 (fax, call first)

Teresa Jacobs
Program Manager
Jacob Wetterling Foundation
2314 University Ave. W., Ste. 14
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(651) 714-4673
(651) 714-9098 (fax)

Nancy Sabin
Executive Director
Jacob Wetterling Foundation
2314 University Ave. W., Ste. 14
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(651) 714-4673
(651) 714-9098 (fax)

Gary Greenfield
MN ENABL Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 281-9960
(651) 215-8953 (fax)

Cindi Grant
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
2300 15th Ave., S.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 728-2028
One-to-one advocacy provided for legal and financial crises. Ongoing open support group offered Tuesdays 11 a.m. (women only).

Jean Miller
Program Specialist
Office of Justice Programs
Crime Victim Services
445 Minnesota St., Ste. 2300
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1515
(651) 205-4815
(651) 205-4808 (fax)

  • Beginning Victim Advocate professional training, March 15 & 16, 2005, Saint Paul
  • Navigating the Criminal Justice System, February 16, 2005, Bloomington
  • OJP Basic Training: victim rights, reparations, crime victim justice unit, February 10, New Prague

Eric Lipman
State Sex Offender Policy Coordinator
Office of Minnesota Governor Pawlenty
Department of Corrections
1450 Energy Park Drive, Ste. 200
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(651) 642-0255
(651) 632-5066 (fax)

Migdalia Loyola
Community Education Program Manager
Planned Parenthood
1200 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-6123
(612) 825-3522
Soy Unica, Soy Latina! conference for Latina girls ages 9-14, March 3, 2005.

Amy Kenzie
Project Coordinator
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Minnesota Department of Health
(651) 281-9810
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Patricia Buschmann, LICSW
Project Pathfinder, Inc.
201 Dunbar Way
Mahtomedi, MN 55115
(651) 779-0470

Kelly Newman
Adult Intake
Project Pathfinder, Inc.
1821 University Ave. W., Ste. N385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-8515
(651) 644-3451 (fax)

Barbara Lindstrom Willcox, LICSW, LMFT
Project Pathfinder, Inc.
400 Groveland Ave., Ste. 207
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 874-8995

Patricia Bentley
Family Community Support Social Worker
Ramsey County Human Services
5100 Hodgson Rd., Shoreview, MN 55126
(651) 639-6098
(651) 639-6093

Nicole Albaugh
Violence Prevention Coordinator
Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol Team
340 Walnut St.
Saint Paul, MN
(651) 241-5864
The Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol Team (SAPT) is looking for representatives working with diverse populations to join our multidisciplinary team.

Karen Prettyman, RN
SANE Regions
(home address)
3397 Glen Oaks Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 704-9136

Scott Halvorson
Probation Agent
Rice County Community Corrections
128 Third St. NW
Faribault, MN 55021

Helen Barba, Ph.D.
Primary Therapist, Director of Program Operations
Safety Center, Inc.
9139 Lyndale Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 884-4882, ext. 2
(952) 884-0284

Della M. Boles, RN
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team
N8641 1020th Street
(715) 425-6540

Terri Erdrich
Psychotherapist and Educator
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team
(651) 442-7772
Terri Erdrich in the process of creating a nonfiction book, Living a Life, including stories for survivors of trauma written by survivors of trauma. All story submissions are welcome.

Kristi Pavek, RN
SANE, Executive Director and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team
730 Tenth Ave.
Baldwin, WI 54002
(715) 688-2194
(715) 688-2195 (fax)
SART recently made an educational video, A Crime of Violence: Understanding Sexual Assault, which shows the victim’s journey from the assault, to medical care and evidence collection, advocacy, therapy, telling parents, reporting to the police, and recovering. Cost: is $199.00 plus $4.95 S&H. The Minnesota Department of Corrections recently purchased a copy. To purchase, send payment to St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team.

Vivian Hildebrandt
Saint Paul Public Schools
30 E. Baker St.
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(651) 293-8600, ext. 2262
(651) 293-8605

Annie Tepfer
Program Director / Advocate
SAVES Resource Center
P.O. Box 92
Olivia, MN 56277
(320) 523-2096
(800) 897-3551 (Crisis Line)
Sexual assault program serving Renville and McLeod Counties. Medical/legal advocacy, support groups, school and community education, reparations assistance.

Gail Emerson
Executive Director
Sexual Violence Center
2100 Pillsbury Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 871-5100, ext. 16

Judy Revier
Women’s Advocate / Volunteer Coordinator
Shelter House, Inc.
P.O. Box 568
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-0962
Emergency safe housing for battered women and their children.

Yvonne Cournoyer
Program Director
STOP IT NOW! Minnesota
1821 University Ave. W., Ste. N385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-8515
(651) 644-3451

Ann Lindstrom
Outreach! Education Coordinator
STOP IT NOW! Minnesota
1821 University Ave. W., Ste. N385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-8515
(651) 644-3451

Jenny Caesar
Victim Advocate
Victim Intervention and Recovery Program, HIS
8200 Hadley Ave. S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(651) 458-4116

Karen Hogendorf
Victim Intervention and Recovery Program, HIS
8200 Hadley Ave. S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(651) 458-4116

Emily Robb, PHN
Washington County Public Health and Environment
14949 62nd Ave. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 430-6699

Melissa Hegland
Student, MA program

Amy Okaya
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Minnesota Department of Health
(651) 281-9871

Carla Ferrucci
Executive Director
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Ford Centre, 420 N 5th Street Suite 690
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 313-2797
(800) 964-8847

Cordelia Anderson
Prevention Consultant & Trainer
Sensibilities, Inc.
4405 Garfield Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
(612) 824-6217
(612) 824-6930
Cordelia Anderson has taken a one year, ¾ time contract position with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Washington D.C., to lead the implementation of their national prevention strategic plan. This involves building a strong prevention advisory committee equal to the strength of their law enforcement committee. Cordelia has been on the board for 7 years and will take a leave of absence. She will not be moving from Minnesota and will honor all the speeches and trainings she currently has for 2005. Since funding is not secure past a year and since there are many things she does, such as bullying/violence prevention, sexual health promotion, compassion fatigue and restorative justice/circle work, that don’t fit with this position, she very much wants to keep my business going here.

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MNCASA Train the Trainer Institute

MNCASA is excited to announce the Train the Trainer Institute. The goal of the Train the Trainer Institute is to provide Sexual Assault Advocacy Trainers with tools, strategies, and best training practices to ensure that local advocacy training effectively prepares advocates. The majority of the information will be on the proficiency of training advocates and not specifically on the content of the 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training.

Two opportunities to attend:

Northern MN Institute
Palace Casino
Cass Lake, MN
March 10 & 11, 2005

Southern MN Institute
Jackpot Junction
Morton, MN
March 17 & 18, 2005

Registration information and brochure

This is a free training for those who attend; however, there is an application process to assist MNCASA in identifying individuals who meet specific criteria. MNCASA believes that programs will be best served if the two staff from each program attending the training are:

  • the volunteer coordinator or staff person who is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers
  • another staff person knowledgeable about the program structure and requirements such as the director

Questions or comments
MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault
(612) 313-2797
( 800) 964-8847, ext. 213.

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Starting the Healing Process: Providing Comprehensive Examinations on Individuals Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted

The New York State Department of Health announces a satellite broadcast Starting the Healing Process: Providing Comprehensive Examinations on Individuals Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted.

Thursday, April 14, 2005
Live: 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (CST)
Rebroadcast: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CST)

Who should attend
Emergency department physicians, R.N.s, health care professionals, hospital administrators, or Rape Crisis Center staff who want to improve care of individuals who have been sexually assaulted.

Lorraine M. Giordano, M.D., Medical Director of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, New York, New York and Nancy Harris, R.N., Nurse Director, Emergency Room, Albany Memorial Hospital, Albany, New York

Time will be allotted at the end of the broadcast for questions and answers to be either phoned in or faxed. Find more information or register, (518) 402-0330 | email.

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Opera takes on Bullies

Taken from Minnesota Public Radio

You might think melodrama, angst and tragedy of operatic proportions are part of being a teenage girl. One False Move, an opera opening in Fargo focuses on the emotional pain of girls who are ostracized and bullied.

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Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence

Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence is a comprehensive tool kit designed to help you work with men and boys to prevent gender-based violence. It provides readings, case studies, handouts, exercises, and other resources as well as community-building tools.

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Grant Opportunities

Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of grants to support existing state and local programs in the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program
The U.S. Department of Education announces the availability of funds to enhance the school readiness of young children, particularly the disadvantaged. The purpose of the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development program is to prevent young children from encountering difficulties in school by improving the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators.

The Radio Shack Neighborhood Answers Grant Program
Offers grants for projects by local nonprofit organizations that focus on violence prevention. Priority areas include family violence prevention, and child abduction prevention.
Funding: $500 per award.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible.
Deadline: March 15, 2005
Radio Shack Corp.
100 Throckmorton Street, Suite 700B
Fort Worth, TX 76102.
(817) 415-3699

United States Institute of Peace
Topic areas of interest to the Institute include, but are not restricted to: negotiation theory methods of third-party dispute settlement; the role of nonviolence and nonviolent sanctions; moral and ethical thought about conflict and conflict resolution; human rights, and conflict.
Deadline: March 1, 2005 (receipt)
Notification: September 30, 2005
Contact via online or e-mail

United States Institute of Peace, Grant Program
1200 17th Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036-3011
(202) 429-3842
(202) 833-1018 (fax)

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MN Youth Work Institute Winter class schedule

Winter won’t last forever! Neither will the MN Youth Work Institute Winter class schedule! There is still time to register for great professional development opportunities coming up soon.

March 3: Your Work with the New Hmong Immigrant Youth
March 7: Top 20-Change Your Life and Change the Way You Work with Youth
March 15: Focus on Issues: Youth Development and Literacy

Colleen M. Byrne
MN Youth Work Institute
270B McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-1999
(612) 624-6905 (fax)

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Women's Network Night: Exchange of Ideas, Mentoring & Conversation

Are you a successful business person? An entrepreneur? A philanthropist? A creative thinker? A community volunteer? Are you interested in allying with other local women to build relationships, transform businesses, and share resources? Join Women's Network Night to connect with other cool women & create new opportunities!

The purpose of these meetings is to gather women together to network and continue to do business together.

V-Day: Until the Violence Stops
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Networking at 6:30 p.m and film at 7:30 p.m.
This documentary follows the grassroots impact of the V-Day movement - whose goal is to end violence against women.
Cost: $10.00* - includes light snack and non-alcoholic beverage
*Our charitable cause after expenses will be the V-Day project!

The Vagina Monologues
Friday, March 4th, 8:00 p.m.
Sunflower Hill - Detroit Lakes
COST: $15 per tickets (all proceeds donated to the Lakes Crisis Center)

Inspiring Women Panel Discussion
Monday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m.
Kathy Coyle - Moderator

An Evening for Mothers & Daughters (& others too!)
Tuesday, March 1st, 7:00 p.m.
Adult Facilitator - Jackie Buboltz
Teen Facilitator - Marie Miller
Informal break-out discussion groups sharing your experiences.

If you have an idea for a topic or gathering, please contact
Beth Pridday
Solutions, LLC
808 Washington Ave, Ste 15
Detroit Lakes, MN
( 218) 844-5941

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Every Time a Rainbow Dies, by Rita Williams-Garcia

If you're looking for a novel that kids in grades nine and up can read and that offers an opportunity to discuss the complexities and consequences of sexual violence, Rita Williams-Garcia's, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, is a good place to start.

Thulani is a high school student in Brooklyn with few friends except the trained rock doves he keeps on the rooftop of his Brooklyn home. One evening he hears screams and looks down to see two men raping a young woman. He intervenes, yelling down below and then running through his house to the street, where the two men have already fled. He tries to help the young woman, Ysa, who is bruised and battered, but she hits him, turning him away. His interest in her grows, taking on the contours of fantasy, but the real Ysa proves not to be so compliant, and as the two of them become more and more involved, Thulani has to learn the importance of understanding and empathy in a relationship.

If you're considering using Every Time a Rainbow Dies as a teaching tool, be aware that the rape is brutal and that later there are sex scenes, but the youth in the book make healthy choices, and the novel speaks to the realities and complexities of young people's lives in important ways.

Reviewed by Pat McGann, Men Can Stop Rape, Washington, DC

Men Can Stop Rape has more book reviews, as well as prevention resource links.

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Position opening: Prevention Services Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse MN

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota is seeking a full time Prevention Services Specialist to be responsible for coordinating and executing the child abuse and neglect prevention outreach of the organization including advocacy, public education, collaborative relationships, prevention materials, speakers bureau, and research.

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Position opening: Project Coordinator for Partners in Action for Teen Health

The Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Minnesota seeks a full-time Project Coordinator who will be part of a collaborative project PATH: Partners in Action for Teen Health involving middle school students in two K-8 schools in North Minneapolis. PATH includes classroom health education, youth service learning and parent involvement programs, focused on promoting youth health and school achievement.

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for developing a PATH advisory team composed of parents and other key community stakeholders to assist in development and implementation of youth health promotion efforts. The Project Coordinator will also be responsible for the implementation of PATH classroom health education program in one school. The Project Coordinator will report to the PRC Project Director through regular email, phone and in-person contacts.

Position includes full University of Minnesota benefit package, including health and dental insurance. Salary ranges from $35,000 - $42,000/year, depending on education and experience. All employees will be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to a final offer of employment. The position is available on or about March 1, 2005. This is a one-year academic professional position, with possibility of annual renewal.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least three references with telephone numbers to:
Tracy Utech
Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center Suite 260
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2002

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