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Sexual Violence Prevention Network


November 30, 2006

2nd Annual Survivor and Prevention Conference, December 9, 2006

An Educational Conference Promoting the Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Saturday, December 9, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439

Register online at the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network (SAPN).


8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:25 Welcome. Susan Phipps-Yonas, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, Chair of SAPN, gives brief welcome to conference
9:05 - 9:25 Dakota County Attorney, Jim Backstrom [representing SAPN and the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association]
9:30 - 10:00 Brief comments from dignitaries: Governor Tim Pawlenty (invited), Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson, Patty Wetterling, child safety advocate
10:00 - 10:05 Introduction of Charol Shakehaft, Ph.D. by Vineeta Sawkar, KSTP-TV News Anchor
10:05 - 10:45 Keynote Address, Sexual Misconduct in our Education System, Charol Shakeshaft, Ph.D., Hofstra University – Childhood sexual abuse epidemic within United States schools.
10:45 - 12:15 Panel Discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Vineeta Sawkar, KSTP-TV
12:15 - 12:55 Lunch (boxed lunch provided for those who pre-register)
1:00 - 1:15 'How can I make a difference?', presentation by Ember Reichgott Junge, former state senator, and John Wodele, former press secretary to Gov. Jesse Ventura
1:15 - 3:00 Stories of Survivors, moderated by Jeff Anderson and Susan Phipps-Yonas, Survivors are welcomed to come forward and hear their stories with the conference attendees.
3:00 - 3:10 Break
3:10 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions 1-3 will also have mental health professionals present to discuss recovery, empowerment, and healing

Breakout 1: Surviving Sexual Abuse: Male Perspective – Mic Hunter (invited)
Breakout 2: Surviving Sexual Abuse: Female Perspective – Peggy LaDue
Breakout 3: Surviving Sexual Abuse: Partners/Advocates/Family Support – Connie Skillingstad

3:50 - 4:30 Concurrent ‘mini-breakout sessions’

Breakout 4: Public Policy of Prevention – Victor Vieth
Breakout 5: Mandated Reporter – Jim Backstrom


  • There will be resource tables at the conference.
  • Safe Rooms will be available
  • SAPN will videotape the Keynote Address and Panel Discussion portions of the conference for posting on website, distribution and a TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) production. Panelists will need to sign the TPT release.
  • Continuing Education credits will be available. Approved by the State of Minnesota Board of Social Work and Department of Education.

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4th National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference, May 30, 2007

With a multidisciplinary approach to training Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) professionals--law enforcement, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner's (SANE) and other medical examiners, advocates, prosecutors, and crime lab specialists will join together for 56 workshops and six keynote speakers.

The 4th National SART Training Conference
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
Tampa, Florida
May 30 - June 1, 2007

Registration is now available at SANE-SART!

This conference is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Resource Service of Minneapolis, Minn., with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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Call for Submissions: 12th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

The 12th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (formerly the International Conference on Family Violence) is calling for conference submissions, due no later than February 10, 2007. Conference Topics include Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment, Sexual Violence, Elder Abuse, Youth Violence, Trauma, and more.

Information on registration coming soon. Mark your calendars for September 13-18, 2007, San Diego, CA.

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No Safe Place: Sexual Assault in the Lives of Homeless Women

No Safe Place: Sexual Assault in the Lives of Homeless Women
By Lisa A. Goodman, Katya Fels, & Catherine Glenn with contributions from Judy Benitez (September 2006).

Homelessness is an enormous social problem in the United States. Homeless women — including the “hidden homeless” — are particularly vulnerable to multiple forms of victimization including forced, coerced, or manipulated sexual activity. Levels of victimization that women endure before, during, and after episodes of homelessness remain enormously high, often occurring in multiple settings at the hands of multiple perpetrators. For example, 92% of a large, racially diverse sample of homeless mothers had experienced severe physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives (Browne & Bassuk, 1997). Thirteen percent of another sample of homeless women reported having been raped in the past 12 months, and half of these women were raped at least twice (Wenzel, et al., 2000).

No Safe Place: Sexual Assault in the Lives of Homeless Women consolidates knowledge about the damaging interplay between homelessness and sexual violence. It clarifies steps researchers, policy-makers, and service providers can take to intervene with victims and prevent future sexual assaults.

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On-Line training tool: Gender for Journalists

The Gender for Journalists toolkit, written by a media and gender consultant with 15 years' journalism experience, aims to provide journalists with an understanding of gender issues, and of the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society, so that their reporting will be accurate and gender sensitive. Find out more from End Violence Against Women.

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Sexual Trafficking Documentary with Daryl Hanna

Daryl Hannah has made it her personal mission to not only rescue sex slaves from the pimps and madams who illegally own them, but to spread the word about the growing problem by making a documentary about the issue. America's Most Wanted has additional information about the sexual trafficking and the Darly Hannah documentary.

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Sexual Harassment Radio Spots

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) has produced a series of five 30-second radio spots on sexual harassment — additional spots on other human rights topics are planned. MDHR encourage radio stations to convey these messages. The radio spots are available for download in .mp3 format (stereo, 44.1kH) and are suitable for broadcast. Broadcast media on audio CD's can also be furnished, upon request.

Your help is appreciated in communicating these important messages. If you have questions or comments, contact MDHR Communications Director, Jeff Holman, 651-296-2173.

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Two positions available at the MN Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC), located in St. Paul, MN, is currently seeking candidates for the positions of a full-time

  1. Communication and Development Coordinator
  2. Membership and Outreach Coordinator

The Communication & Development Coordinator is responsible for implementing communications and development activities to meet the needs of the coalition. This position is accountable for building a corporate and foundation database, development planning, tracking and record keeping; and the development and implementation of a media/communications program for the MIWSAC.

The Membership & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the MIWSAC membership and is also responsible for doing outreach to increase membership and to develop strong alliances with other groups and organizations.

For information contact Nicole Matthews at the MIWSAC, (651) 646-4800 Fax (651) 646-4798.

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