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November 10, 2005

Web Seminar on Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Education in Schools, Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The third Web seminar in the Working with Schools for Rape Prevention and Education series will focus on how to evaluate sexual violence prevention education in school programs. The speakers will talk about the approaches they have used and the importance of planning for the program goals that will be used during the outcome evaluation.

Working with Schools for Rape Prevention and Education

November 16th, 1:00-3:00 pm EST

Robert Goodman, University of Pittsburgh; Lori Hart, GaDuGi Safecenter, KS; and Nicole Littler, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, MO.

Register for the Web conference at no cost through The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

What is a Web conference?
A web conference is an opportunity to attend a workshop by calling on your phone and watching a presentation from your computer screen using only your regular internet connection. If for some reason you are unable to join on your computer, you can print out slides of presentations and listen along on the phone.

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The Basics on Rape Behind Bars

Prisoner rape is a problem that affects large numbers of men, women, and youth.

A recent study of prisons in four Midwestern states found that approximately one in five male inmates reported a pressured or forced sex incident while incarcerated. About one in ten male inmates reported that that they had been raped.

Rates for women, who are most likely to be abused by male staff members, vary greatly among institutions. In one facility, 27 percent of women reported a pressured or forced sex incident, while in another facility, seven percent of women reported sexual abuse. Youth in detention are also extremely vulnerable to abuse. Research has shown that juveniles incarcerated with adults are five times more likely to report being victims of sexual assault than youth in juvenile facilities, and the suicide rate of juveniles in adult jails is 7.7 times higher than that of juvenile detention centers. As states try growing numbers of juveniles as adults, the risk of sexual abuse increases.

Read more at Stop Prisoner Rape.

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North Country Film Inspires Action

Academy Award winner Charlize Theron stars in North Country, a powerful film about one woman's strength and determination to escape the harassment and abuse that she encounters in the workplace. Participant Productions, one of the producers of North Country, has developed the social action campaign Stand Up, inspired by the film, to end sexual harassment and assault. You can take action to help end discrimination and violence in your community. Stand Up for women's rights and equality by learning more from

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Position Opening: LICSW Level Therapist/Clinical Supervisor

The Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.), Rape and Sexual Abuse Center currently has a 20-25 hour a week position opening, which includes benefits. The Rape and Sexual Abuse Center is one of three mental health programs of the Neighborhood Involvement Program. Services include individual and group therapy to adult and adolescent survivors of sexual violence. Treatment focuses on the reduction of symptoms (i.e. depression, anxiety, PTSD) and issues related to relationships, self esteem, sexuality, etc. This position has two areas of responsibility including managing a small caseload of individual clients and supervising the clinical work of social work students.


  • Masters degree in social work
  • Licensed as an LICSW in the state of Minnesota
  • Experience treating sexual abuse survivors preferred
  • 3 years post-licensure clinical experience
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills needed to supervise graduate and undergraduate social work students


  • Regular individual supervision and group consultation
  • Medical benefits, life and disability insurance, vacation, sick time, holidays, 403b plan

Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Director of Mental Health Programs
2431 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405

The Neighborhood Involvement Program is a non-profit organization located in south Minneapolis. N.I.P. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position Opening: Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

The Hands of Hope Resource Center, Todd County office, announces a 40 hours per week opening for a Sexual Assault Services Coordinator to provide services to primary and secondary victim/survivors of sexual assault as well as domestic violence and child abuse. Responsibilities include: crisis advocacy, legal advocacy, emotional support, defining options available to victims, community outreach, recording of statistical information, staffing of 24-hour crisis line, and other related duties.

The ideal candidate would have a BA/BS degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, or related field plus two years relevant experience, (or equivalent experience in lieu of degree); comprehensive knowledge of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse issues; strong personal and legal advocacy skills; good organizational skills; ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team; computer skills; a philosophy of non-violence and non-discrimination; a working vehicle and current driver's license. Salary range of $10.21-$14.27 and benefits include health insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability.

Please send letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references by November 14, 2005 to:

Search committee
Hands of Hope Resource Center
PO Box 67
Little Falls, MN 56345

Interviews to be held on November 18, 2005.

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Minutes - Sexual Violence Prevention Network Meeting, November 4, 2005, St. Paul, MN

Attendees from the November 4, 2005 SVPN meeting: Communications for Action Against Sexual Violence

Michael Goldberg from ActionMedia addressed the many forms of media available, and ways to apply communication resources strategically and effectively by focusing on real world results. The workshop provided questions to guide us in developing our communications messages and strategies for getting our prevention messages across to the media, community leaders, friends, colleagues, and others who can make a difference in preventing sexual violence.

Planning questions

  1. What needs to happen?
  2. Who can make it happen?
  3. What story do they need to hear?
  4. Who should they hear it from?
  5. How can we tell them?

Michael Goldberg
(612) 331-6466

Jordan Henkel, Account Manager, Auriton Solutions
23038 60th Ave.
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 493-4330
Working with individuals and families who are experiencing financial crisis of various degrees. Spent two years at Crisis Center in Fargo, ND as an intervention worker, and giving education presentations on violence prevention in middle schools, detention center, and adolescent mental health care facility.

Phyllis Beatty, Interim Director
Adults Saving Kids
1901 Portland Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 871-6280
Current initiatives include 1) expanding training within the ELCA, 2) expanding into other denominations, 3) the challenge of including the corporate community as a faith-based organization. Wanting to connect with others who 1) focus on grass roots and community education, mobilization, 2) are considering the issue of normalization, 3) have ways of dealing with the demand side of CSEC, 4) have prevention (CSEC) materials to enhance what we already have, to share what we have created for both youth and adults.

Dani Lindner, Health Care Training Coordinator
Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center
15 Riverside Drive NE
Saint Cloud, MN 56304
(320) 251-4357
(320) 251-4670 (fax)
Working with MDH Grant for Healthcare and Public Health. Will be presenting at North Star meeting, dental convention in May at a breakout session. Will be conducting numerous trainings in next six months.

Stephen L. Onell, MS, LISW, Director, FathersFIRST!
P.O. Box 270034
Vadnais Heights, MN 55127-0034
(651) 291-6771
(651) 290-8993 (fax)
FathersFIRST!, an affiliate of Lakes Area Children, Youth and Family Services, offers a variety of services to fathers and their families. FathersFIRST! prides itself in being a culturally inclusive organization that reaches out to special groups of fathers, such as incarcerated fathers, fathers in drug treatment, and gay fathers. In addition to traditional services for fathers (e.g. parenting, support, housing/employment assistance, legal assistance), the program addresses male sexuality, health masculinity, anger management, and family violence. There are no geographic, age, nor economic requirements to qualify for services.

Melanie Matson, Coordinator, HOPE Center
303 First Ave. NE, Suite 365
Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 332-0882
(507) 332-6999
HOPE = Healing, Outreach, Prevention, Education on domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. Recent public forum, Teaming Up Against Sexual Assault: A Rice County Community Forum, with SMART panel and speaker Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery. Attended by community members, a multidisciplinary group of professionals, and college students, the forum focused on the community response to sexual violence.

Amanda Ysen, Victim Services Coordinator
Itasca Alliance Against Sexual Assault
501 S. Pokegama Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 326-5008
(218) 326-1314 (fax)
Developing a support group curriculum sensitive to the needs of women who are going through chemical dependency treatment and experiencing issues of sexual violence. We are also developing a survey to assess the attitudes of law enforcement in relation to victims of sexual assault.

Carla Ferrucci, Executive Director
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
161 Saint Anthony Blvd., Ste. 1001
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(800) 964-8847
(651) 209-0899 (fax)
Digital storytelling, prevention public policy, VAWAD, Violence Against Women Action Day March 29, strategic planning, dialogs on pornography, sex work and sex positive, public policy forums with Humphrey Institute, juvenile sex offender issues, and more! Call our office to join MNCASA if you are not already a member!

Dresden Jones, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
161 Saint Anthony Blvd., Ste. 1001
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 209-9993, ext. 213
(651) 209-0899 (fax)
Prevention Institute training-more information coming soon! PREVENT Institute training-MNCASA will be on the team! Posters available for organizations, businesses and schools -- call Dresden for information. November 25 marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence-- call Dresden for more information.

Kaarin Long, Staff Attorney
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
161 Saint Anthony Blvd., Ste. 1001
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 209-9993, ext. 214
(651) 209-0899 (fax)
December 8, 2005: Winning the Consent Defense Case, Kelly Inn, Saint Paul
January 13, 2006: Winning the Consent Defense Case, Moorhead
Legislative agenda being developed-contact us with ideas.

Maureen Holmes, Surveillance Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
P.O. Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 281-9871
We’re putting together an “inventory” of programs working to prevent violence and promote health with children and adolescents. If your program does any work at all related, we’d love to include you. Call or email me.

Cindi Grant, Advocate
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
2300 15th Ave., S., Minneapolis 55404
(612) 728-2028

Angela Fales, Education Coordinator
New Horizons Crisis Center
109 S. Fifth Street
Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 532-5764
(507) 532-3628 (fax)
We continue to deliver presentations on sexual violence for a variety of groups and organizations. My main project has been working on a special project grant from MDH. We’ve been working on training, special informational material, surveys, and lots more. The target audience for our grant is healthcare facilities.

Denise Kerkhoff, Program Director, Redwood County
New Horizons Crisis Center
231 E. Second Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
(507) 637-5570
(507) 637-3961 (fax)

Cinnamon Quale, SafeDates Coordinator
Pearl Crisis Center
P.O. Box 42
Milaca, MN 56353
(320) 982-2901
(320) 982-2814 (fax)

Amy Kenzie, Project Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Sexual Violence Prevention
P.O. Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 215-8959
(651) 281-9810 (fax)
To view current and archived issues of SVPN mailings, please visit the SVPN website:
Please feel free to forward the SVPN e-mails to others who may be interested. Also, please let us know if you have information about a resource, new publication, event or other sexual violence prevention related item that you would like to promote on the SVPN e-mail list, contact Amy Kenzie. Thank you!

Grit Youngquist, Adolescent Health Coordinator
Saint Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health
50 W. Kellogg Blvd., Ste. 930
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 266-2407
(651) 266-2593 (fax)
I am part of an MDH sexual violence prevention project team. My focus areas: sexual violence prevention and positive youth development, plus SVP and teen preganancy. One of the things I’m working on in this project is to develop training and resources to help youth workers, sexuality educators, and teen pregnancy workers to address sexual violence and prevention in their work. Another aspect of this is to seek ways organizations might make changes to institutionalize addressing sexual violence and prevention into their ongoing work effectively/successfully.

Cordelia Anderson, Prevention Consultant
Sensibilities, Inc. and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
4405 Garfield Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 824-6217
(612) 824-6930
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hosting a National Committee for the Prevention of Child Sexual Exploitation. The focus is policy and organizational practice through a national vision and personal vision for prevention. Two specific policy exploitation areas include normalization of exploitation and corporate policies and practices. I’m also working on community mobilization strategies for prevention. There are some wonderful new resources and strategies. I would appreciate hearing about what others are doing with this.

Jeanne Olson, Crime Victim Advocacy Coordinator
Cheryl Haugen, Educator
Sexual Assault Program of Northern Saint Louis County
505 12th Ave. W.
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 749-4725
(218) 741-3940 (fax)
Special Projects Grant through MDH: grant in working with people with mental illness. Network with Catholic priests on prevention project. Network with seven area colleges on prevention education. Multidisciplinary meetings addressing sexual assault as public safety issue.

Michelle Knudson, Program Coordinator
Sexual Violence Justice Institute
161 Saint Anthony Blvd., Ste. 1001
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 209-9993
December 2, 2005: Task Force on Alcohol/Drug Use and Sexual Assault Cases
January 26, 2006: Beginning training with law enforcement academies

Yvonne Cournoyer, Program Director
Stop It Now! Minnesota
1821 University Ave. W., Ste. N385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-8515
(651) 644-3451 (fax)
Visit our completely revamped website. We’ve added content for adults worried about their own behavior, adults worried about someone they care about, parents worried about their child or teen, someone worried about someone’s behavior toward their child or teen, as well as information on how to keep your family safe, Minnesota legal definitions, and information on our new ad campaign.
All of our publications are also now available to be downloaded.

Ann Lindstrom, Outreach and Education Coordinator
Stop It Now! Minnesota
1821 University Ave. W., Ste. N385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-8515
(651) 644-3451 (fax)
We have recruited 20 trainers throughout the state in partnership with the Minnesota Childcare Resource and Referral Network who will be trained on how to deliver our workshop, How Understanding and Responding to Children’s Sexual Behavior Can Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, to childcare professionals. I have also been doing trainings for University of Minnesota pediatric residents at Hennepin County Medical Center about their unique and powerful role in child sexual abuse prevention.

Amy Okaya, Program Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Sexual Violence Prevention
P.O. Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 281-9874
(651) 215-8959 (fax)

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