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February 09, 2006

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week

Congress has proclaimed the week of February 6, 2006, as the nation’s first National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. As part of its National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative, the American Bar Association has developed an educational toolkit with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and 1,000 kits have been disseminated to high schools across the country.

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Child Abuse Prevention Strategies Workshop, February 21, 2006

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (PCAMN), with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is offering a workshop on February 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, for anyone interested in promoting April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in their communities. The workshop will be held in St. Paul, but will be simulcast to 13 additional locations throughout Minnesota. Space is limited so advance registration is required. The workshop is offered at no charge, but for a $5 donation, PCAMN will provide a new Minnesota Campaign to End Child Abuse lawn sign.

The workshop topics will include:

  • Empowering local groups to promote child abuse awareness with separate perspectives offered on reaching various communities
  • Skills for promoting successful CAP Month events in your community
  • Marketing to the cause of child abuse prevention
  • Using your packet to promote prevention

Space is limited and pre-registration is required! To attend, please call PCAMN at (651) 523-0099 or (800) 621-6322.

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Change in location for James Garbarino Event on February 22, 2006

The location has changed for the previously announced event See Jane Hit with Dr. James Garbarino.

Previous location: Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, College of St. Catherine
New location: O' Shaughnessy Auditorium at the College of St. Catherine
Same date and time: February 22, 2006, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

James Garbarino, Ph.D., author of Lost Boys, will be speaking from his latest book See Jane Hit, a ground-breaking investigation of the explosion in violent behavior by girls: its causes, consequences and possible solutions. This event is will be sponsored by: Ramsey County Public Health, The Initiative for Violence - Free Families in Ramsey County; the Minnesota Department of Health Injury & Violence Prevention Unit; and the College of St. Catherine.

After attending this presentation, participants will:

  • learn groundbreaking information regarding violent behavior in girls,
  • explore the reasons for the rise in girls' violence, and
  • learn about the impacts of American culture on the rise in girls' violence and possible responses

Register online or call the Public Health Registration Line, (651) 266-2444 and select #4 See Jane Hit. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Lynch, (651) 266-2505.

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A Rainbow After the Storm: Violence Impact on the Lives of GLBTQ Youth, February 27, 2006

Violence in the GLBTQ community takes on many forms from bullying to dating violence and domestic violence to prostitution and exploitation of GLBTQ homeless youth. Please join Tubman, OutFront MN, the Sexual Violence Center, YouthLink, and Family & Children's Service for a panel presentation and a sharing of personal stories about how the many different forms of violence impact the lives of GLBTQ youth.

A Rainbow After the Storm: Violence Impact on the Lives of GLBTQ Youth
Date: February 27, 2006
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Josie R. Johnson Community Forum
Tubman Family Alliance
3111 First Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

For more information contact Sara Hagestad at (612) 767-6582.

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2006 Training Calendar set for The Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life

In 2006, The Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life (MNALL) is sponsoring training and information exchanges in nine Minnesota communities. The workshop program, Building Community Partnerships: Promoting Health and Safety in Later Life, features these meeting objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge of domestic violence and sexual assault in later life for all community health care providers and other senior service providers.
  2. Identify possible solutions when addressing barriers and challenges faced by victims of domestic/sexual abuse in later life in your community.

Participants will learn about ageism and advocacy, state adult protection services, and the Adverse Childhood Experiences study which looks at early and current trauma and its relationship to chronic health issues and disease. There will be an opportunity to talk about engaging communities to jointly address issues of abuse in later life.

The workshops are tailored for a wide-range of community stakeholders, including health professionals from hospitals and clinics, local public health agencies, domestic and sexual violence advocates, adult protection personnel, home health care, nursing home personnel, parish nurses, faith communities, social workers, senior service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors and other interested community members.

Workshops are scheduled for:

  • March 8, Metro Area
  • April 6, Duluth
  • April 26, Mankato
  • May 9, Crookston
  • May 11, Grand Rapids
  • June 14, Winona
  • July 12, (TBA)
  • August 9, (TBA)
  • September 13, Marshall
  • October, Metro (exact date TBA)
  • November 8, St. Cloud
  • December 13, (TBA)

The cost is $20 for MNALL members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information contact MNALL (e-mail | Web).

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Civil Society to Launch Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch

The Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch is a group of people and agencies who are concerned about the horrific sex and labor trafficking going on in the State of Minnesota. The Watch will coordinate trainings, conduct public education and outreach, and provide comprehensive services to victims of trafficking in the State of Minnesota. The Watch will collaborate with law enforcement to make sure that trafficking victims receive resources they need to be safe.

Minnesota has become one of the 13 most heavily sex and slavery trafficked states in the nation. The 2003 Innocence Lost National Initiative targeted the Twin Cities as one of the 13 cities targeted as a high intensity trafficking area. The U.S. government estimates that approximately 20,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the U.S. each year. Minnesota is particularly affected by trafficking because we are a border state.

Victims of human trafficking are forced into labor and sexual exploitation. Approximately 50% of all victims of trafficking are children. Sex trafficking is the most lucrative sector of the trade in people. It involves forced, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex. Trafficking victims are often involved in industries where they are invisible, including domestic servitude, sweatshops, restaurant and hotel businesses, farm work, construction, begging and peddling, the sex industry and servile marriage.

For more information and/or to be part of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch, contact Civil Society, (651) 291-0713.

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Sexual Violence Prevention Network Minutes and Resources From February 3, 2006 Meeting/presentation on Male Victimization

Thank you to John Bullough of the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center in Minneapolis for his presentation on male victimization at the last Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN) meeting in St. Cloud.

Following are resources from the meeting, as well as the minutes, attendee contact information and announcements.

Teaching Sexual Ethics
The Joseph Weinberg & Associates Newsletter.

Men Stopping Rape, Inc.
Jackson Katz, The Men's Bibliography

Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
(612) 377-4163
Male Survivor Bibliography

Davis, Laura. The Courage to Heal Workbook: For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.
Davis, Laura. Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child. New York: Harper Collins, 1991.
Fossum, Merle and Marilyn Mason. Facing Shame: Families in Recovery. Ontario: Penguin Books Canada Ltd., 1986.
Gartner, Richard. Betrayed as Boys. Guilford Press, 1999.
Herman, Judith. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence — From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
Hunter, Mic, ed. The Sexually Abused Male, Volume 1: Impact, Prevalence and Treatment. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books/D.C. Heath and Company, 1990.
Hunter, Mic, ed. The Sexually Abused Male, Volume 2: Application of Treatment Strategies. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books/D.C. Heath and Company, 1990.
Hunter, Mic. Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990.
Lew, Mike. Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.
Maltz, Wendy. Sexual Healing Journey. New York: Harper Collins, 1991.
Potter-Efron, Ron and Pat Potter-Efron. Letting Go of Anger. CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 1995.
Real, Terrence. I Don’t Want to Talk About It. New York: Scribner, 1997.
Scarce, Michael. Male on Male Rape. New York: Plenum Press, 1997.

Attendees from the February 3, 2006 meeting

John Bullough, Presenter
Director of the Mental Health Programs
Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 374-9077

Jordan Henkel
Credit Counselor and Financial Crisis Manager
Auriton Solutions
1262 Juno Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 697-7949
Now more than ever we are seeing the financial impact on individuals and families facing medical issues, job loss, and natural disasters. Auriton Solutions counseling efforts, relationships, and networks are reaching more agencies, clients, and patients than ever before to assist in addressing financial crisis.

Dani Lindner
Health Care Training Coordinator
Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center
15 Riverside Drive NE
Saint Cloud, MN 56304
(360) 251-4357
(360) 251-4670 (fax)

Jan Hayne
Program Director
Dads Make a Difference (DMAD)
275 Syndicate Street N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 603-6312
(651) 603-6327
DMAD trains high school-age teens, male and female, to teach a four-lesson curriculum to middle school youth. Curriculum covers importance of fathers in families, responsibilities of being a parent (legal, financial, emotional) and the importance of making good choices in regards to risky behavior so as not to become a parent too soon. DMAD will be making small changes to curriculum this summer in areas of risky behavior, media, and families to add information/discussion in regards to healthy relationships, sexual violence, and domestic violence. If you work with teens, please consider bringing a group to our Fall DMAD teen trainings. Contact me for more information. DMAD is in the process of becoming an independent nonprofit, hopefully by June 2006. Loss of our DHS funding will happen in July 2006, so actively pursuing all avenues of fundraising. DMAD fundraising event June 10 at Concordia’s E.M. Pearson Theatre. Music, song, dance, stories, silent auction, photo exhibit, fashion. More details coming soon.

Linda Humphrey
Sexual Assault Coordinator
Hands of Hope
P.O. Box 171
Long Prairie, MN 56347
(320) 732-2319

Amy Kenzie
Project Coordinator
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 281-9810

Leah Lutz
Executive Director
HOPE Center
303 First Ave. NE, Suite 365
Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 332-0882
(507) 332-6999 (fax)

Melanie Matson
HOPE Center
303 First Ave. NE, Suite 365
Faribault, MN 55021
(507) 332-0882
(507) 332-6999 (fax)

Sherry Palkki
Executive Director
Itasca Alliance Against Sexual Assault
501 S. Pokegama Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 326-5008
(218) 326-1314

Val Swanson
Instructor and Advocate in Training
Kandiyohi SVACC
Ridgewater College
2101 15th Ave. NW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 231-5128
(320) 214-3380 (fax)

Carla Ferrucci
Executive Director
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA)
161 Saint Anthony Blvd., Ste. 1001
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 209-9993, ext. 213
(651) 209-0899 (fax)
Legal/statutory language changes Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) III passed; preliminary meetings in regard to SASA Training with military, reserves, National Guard YWI — training youth . MNCASA wants programs to connect piloting in metro.

Dresden Jones
Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA)
161 Saint Anthony Blvd., Ste. 1001
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 209-9993, ext. 213
(651) 209-0899 (fax)
Prevention Institute Training in Summer and Fall for MNCASA members. More information to come. Legislative Training March 28 and VAW AD at the Capitol March 29. Choose Respect campaign launching in May/June with MCBW. Rock Against Rape benefit concert in April as part of SAAM. SAAM manual will be distributed to member programs, along with SAAM promo products.

Dana Garry
Community Program Specialist 3
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 215-5558
(651) 205-4808 (fax)

Jean Miller
Program Specialist
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs
Crime Victim Services
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 205-4815
(651) 205-4808 (fax)

Grit Youngquist
Prevention Specialist
Sexual Violence Prevention Project (Focus: Youth development and teen pregnancy)
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’m working with MNCASA and the Minnesota Youth Work Institute to develop training and related resources on sexual violence prevention in youth work, and how to effectively address needs of youth who are victims/survivors. Suggestion: At the next meeting, it would be nice to have a visual — maybe a map on the wall or a handout — to show where the Judicial Districts are. The Judicial District numbers mean nothing to me!

Cassondra Johnson Blackbird
Executive Director
Sexual Assault Program (SAP) of Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard Counties
P.O. Box 1472
Bemidji, MN 56619-1472
(218) 444-9524
(218) 444-9527 (fax) SAP just started a Sexual Violence Task Force in Cass County. Representatives from elementary and high schools, law enforcement, clergy, and probation are creating a prevention media campaign for SAAM.

Cheryl Haugen
Sexual Assault Program of Northern Saint Louis County
505 12th Ave. W.
Virginia, MN 55792
(218) 749-4725
(218) 741-3940 (fax)

Joline Hovland
Executive Director
Sexual Violence and Abuse Crisis Center
Willmar321 Fifth Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-8001
(320) 235-7447

Maria Lazaro deOrtecho
Program Coordinator
Sexual Violence and Abuse Crisis Center Willmar
321 Fifth Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 235-8001
(320) 235-7447

Jude Foster
Program Director
Sexual Violence Center
3757 Fremont Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 871-5100, ext. 15
(612) 871-1550 (fax)
We are starting two groups on February 13 - one for concerned persons and one for male survivors.

Amy Okaya
Sexual Violence Prevention Action Council
c/o Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 281-9874
(651) 215-8959
Sexual Violence Prevention Action Council is focusing statewide on policy, practice, and systems change — looking at language we use and organizational practices. Prevention specialists are working on teen pregnancy prevention, male leadership development, and healthcare/public health. Starting new collaborative project focusing on sexual health.

Sue Peterson,
Domestic and Sexual Abuse Advocate
Swift County Outreach
Shelter House, Inc.P.O. Box 53
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 842-3206
(320) 842-4440

Juli Leaman
Jackson County Advocate
Southwest Crisis Center
P.O. Box 42
Jackson, MN 56143
(507) 847-4202
(507) 847-4220 (fax)

Ann Lindstrom
Outreach and Education Coordinator
Stop It Now! Minnesota
1821 University Ave. W., Suite N 385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-8515
(651) 644-3451 (fax)

Kelly Sheehan
Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator
Stop It Now! Minnesota
1821 University Ave. W., Suite N385
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651/644-8515Fax: 651/644-3451Email: Website:
Social marketing campaign ad posters available. Distribution Partner Program Volunteer program — volunteers wanted across state. Revamped website.

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