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February 14, 2007

Beyond Beats & Rhymes to Air on PBS, February 20, 2007

Beyond Beats & Rhymes: Hip-Hop and Manhood, will have its national television broadcast premier on Tuesday February 20, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. EST (check your local listings 
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Shetfall. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.

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Effective Messaging for Child Abuse Prevention, February 21, 2007

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services Children's Trust Fund, is offering a videoconference workshop for those interested in promoting April as Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. The event will include materials (CAP packet, brochures, and lawn signs -- all free of charge this year!) and child abuse prevention ideas that can be used year-round. Please register by Thursday February 15, 2007. Specific viewing sites and registration materials are listed at:

 Agenda: (Interspersed throughout the agenda we will be sharing some new Public Service Announcements which will be available to you through Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota for airing on your local television stations).

8:45 a.m. - Registration, introductions, and local networking

9:00 a.m. - Welcome, Becky Dale - Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

9:05 a.m. - Reframing child abuse and neglect prevention messages for effective impact

Diane Benjamin - Maternal and Child Health Program, University of MN

10:05 a.m. - Effective community prevention strategies shared from Child Abuse Prevention Councils

Tom Koplitz - Community Partnerships with Youth, Chisago County

Diane Banitt - Goodhue CAPC

10:30 a.m. - Networking break - What has worked for you? Share with others in your region.

10:45 a.m. - Reporting back great ideas shared over the break

10:50 a.m. - National Prevention Overview and Update

Ralph McQuarter - DHS Children's Trust Fund

11:05 a.m. - The Spectrum of Prevention

Joanne Mooney - DHS Children's Trust Fund

11:35 a.m. - 2007 Child Abuse Prevention Materials Packet

Becky Dale - Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

11:45 a.m. - Closing

Connie Skillingstad - Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota

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Call for Nominations: 2007 National Award for Outstanding Response to and Prevention of Sexual Violence (Due 2/23/07)

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) National Awards are designed to recognize exceptional individual, group, or organizational projects that prevent, reduce or address sexual violence on a large scale. These awards highlight promising practices and illustrate a wide range of strategies that, together, make our world a safer place.

 Award Categories: Public Policy, Media & Communications, Organization, Intervention, Prevention.

 Nominations must be received no later than February 23, 2007. Online submissions are preferred (Submit online:

 National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Attn: SAAM National Awards

123 N. Enola Drive

Enola, PA 17025

Fax: (717) 909-0714

For more information, please contact Jennifer Marouf, Special Projects Assistant, at (877) 739-3895, 112, or email, but paper submissions can be mailed or faxed to:

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Every Student Connected: Communication, Culture and Climate, March 7, 2007

Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
EarleBrown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Nationally recognized research shows student success is closely linked to how connected they feel to their school. A positive school climate can decrease suspension rates, increase attendance, increase student achievement, and help create more satisfied students, staff, and parents.

Keynote speaker: Scott Staska, superintendent of the Rocori School District, will share thoughts, strategies, and ideas the Rocori schools examined in the wake of the fatal shooting of two students on school property in 2003. He will focus on the value of making personal connections with students in the process of recovery from this tragedy.

Workshops will include:
. Creating safe schools and healthy students: What we know and what we can do.
. Developing a language of connection.
. Setting up school climate committees.
. Addressing bullying with positive, proactive, and effective strategies.
. Reducing the impact of gangs on school climate.
. Modeling positive climate through supportive staff relationships.
. Training bus staff on connectedness strategies.

Sponsored by the Initiative for Violence-Free Families at Family & Children's Service, the Hennepin CountyHuman Services and Public Health Department, and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. For information call Hennepin County at 612-348-5618.

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Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Youth, March 8 & 15, 2007

Sexuality can be one of the most difficult topics for adults to discuss with youth. Yet young people desperately need adults to be comfortable in talking with them openly and honestly about sex and sexuality so that they receive accurate information. Research tells us that youth who are able to talk with trusted and caring adults are more likely to delay sex, avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and pursue healthy relationships.

So, what role can you play in helping young people better understand healthy relationships and sexuality? This class will explore ways in which adults can more effectively partner with youth to help them learn the facts around sexual health. Discussion will include:
. Components of human sexuality ("sexuality" is not just "sex").
. Normative adolescent sexual development.
. Communication strategies for discussing sexual health topics with youth.

2 Thursdays, March 8 & 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Family & Children's Service, 4123 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Cost: $80 Early Registration (February 26): $70

Click on link register now!

More information about MN Youth Work Institute at ( )

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Dads Make a DifferenceTeen Training, March 19, 2007

Dads Make a Difference Teen Training is a service-learning, youth development, leadership opportunity for teens.

SAINT PAUL TEEN TRAINING, maximum 30 teens
Monday, March 19, 2007, 8:00 am. through 8:00 pm.
KellyInn, St. Paul

Registration Deadline March 5, 2007
Cost: $45 per participant - teen or adult bringing teens for 1-day training
($55 per participant to arrive and stay over Sunday night)

Sliding fee or scholarships available if needed, please inquire. Training is open to teens from schools and agencies statewide.

Dads Make a DifferenceTMis a Minnesota nonprofit organization training senior high teens, male and female, to teach a 4-lesson curriculum about the importance of fathers in children's lives to youth in grades 6-8. Teens, along with an adult advisor, attend training to learn the content and gain the skills needed to teach. A prevention program designed to help prevent too-early parenting and increase the involvement of the future generation of fathers, the curriculum helps older teens discuss the legal, financial, and emotional responsibilities of parenting with younger youth.

The 4-lesson Dads Make a Difference curriculum includes:
RISKY BUSINESS - Defining risk and examining risky behavior, both positive and negative
BEING A LEGAL FATHER - Exploring the legal issues of fatherhood, including the benefits of establishing paternity
FATHERS AND THEIR FAMILIES - Discovering how involved fathers make a difference in the well-being of children
DECISIONS ARE FOR THE MAKING - Learning the importance of making responsible decisions for the future and about when to have a child

For more information, contact:
Jan Hayne, Executive Director
DADS MAKE A DIFFERENCE, 161 St. Anthony Avenue, Suite 840, Saint Paul, MN 55103

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National Sexual Assault Conference, September 12-14, 2007

The NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT CONFERENCE is a three-day, advocacy-based conference providing advanced training opportunities and information to sexual violence prevention educators, anti-sexual violence advocates, counselors, health care professionals, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, social workers, psychologists, and public health workers. It will be held September 12-14, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland.


The conference will provide a forum for dialogues on sexual violence prevention and intervention as well as offer advanced training and professional growth opportunities. Workshop topics include advocating multiculturalism and the impact of sexual violence on people of color. For more information, link to:

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New National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline and Liz Claiborne Inc. announced Thursday the launch of the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH), a 24-hour national web-based and telephone helpline created to help teens (ages 13-18) experiencing dating abuse. or call: 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 TTY.

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SVPN 2-2-07 Minutes: Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies and GLBT Youth

Rebecca Waggoner-Kloek, Anti-Violence Program Manager at OutFront Minnesota, presented on Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies and GLBT Youth at the 2-2-07 SVPN meeting. If you missed this presentation and are interested in resources or information on sexual violence prevention strategies and GLBT youth, creating safe school climates, etc., please contact Rebecca at 612/822-0127 or ( ( )). Additional resources include:
St. Paul Public School's Out for Equity
program (creating safe and affirming school environments for GLBT students, staff and families, 651.523.6322
Sexual Violence Center Minneapolis, 612-871-5111
District 202 (a nonprofit youth community center committed to providing social, cultural and educational opportunities by and for GLBT youth, and their allied friends, ages 21 and under) 651-8781-5559.

Jordan Henkel, Housing and Credit Counselor, Auriton Solutions, 1700 W. Hwy. 36, Roseville, MN 55113
651/697-7949, 320/493-4330
National foreclosure prevention and counseling services are available and being utilized at an increasing rate (1-888-995-HOPE). Auriton is one of four nonprofits serving this initiative. Financial crisis intervention outreach and education presentations are regularly provided and available by contacting Auriton or Jordan directly.

Karla Nelson, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Community Action Council, Sexual Assault Services
4345 Nicols Road, Eagan, MN 55122
651/405-1500 ( )
Support group for adolescent females (13-18 years) who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives. Held at the Lewis House in Eagan. Please call Karla if interested.

Julie A. Munos, Abuse Coordinator/Counselor/Case Manager, Face to Face Health and Counseling
1165 Arcade, Saint Paul, MN 55106
651/772-5603 ( )
Teen girls support group starting in February, 4-5:30 (food!) at Face to Face. Girls 13-17 who have been sexually assaulted/abused.

Jaimie Bennett, RN, HamlineUniversity
3520 20th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
RN working with college students in the clinic.

Melia Garza, Sexual Assault Program Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, HOPECenter
303 First Ave. NE, Ste. 365, Faribault, MN 55021

Melanie Matson, Coordinator/Facilitator, HOPECenter
303 First Ave. NE, Ste. 365, Faribault, MN 55021
507/332-0882 ( )

DresdenJones, Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator, MinnesotaCoalition Against Sexual Assault
161 Saint Anthony Ave. S., Ste. 1001, Saint Paul, MN 55103
651/209-9993, ext. 213 ( )

Donna Dunn, Executive Director, MinnesotaCoalition Against Sexual Assault
161 Saint Anthony Ave. S., Ste. 1001, Saint Paul, MN 55103
651/209-9993 ( )
One full time membership coordinator position open. Two .5 FTE positions, temporary (two years): law enforcement and medical training and resource development coordinators.

Sarah Hustad, Management Analyst, Risk Assessment/Community Notification of Sex Offenders
Minnesota Department of Corrections
1450 Energy Park Drive, Ste. 200, Saint Paul, MN 55108
651/361-7339 ( )

Amy Kenzie, Project Coordinator, Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

Amy Okaya, Program Director, Sexual Violence Prevention Program
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box64882, Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882

Jean E. Miller, Program Specialist, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs, Crime Victim Services
445 Minnesota Street, Ste. 2300, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651/201-7328 ( )
Look for information on the Academy and Annual Conference in the upcoming months on OJP web site.

Krista McFarland, Teen Advocate/Safe Date Coordinator, PearlCrisis Center
Box42, Milaca, MN 56353
320/982-2901 ( )
TADA-Teens Against Dating Abuse, as well as Capitol Rally February 28, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week February 4-11, community outreach through upcoming speakers sponsored by Pear/TADA. Stay tuned.

Claire Newman, Co-Director, Educator, Safe Spaces
19670 Sweetwater Curve, Shorewood, MN 55331

Andrea Amundson, Assistant to the Executive Director, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network
P.O. Box1732, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651/215-9913 ( )

Ivonne Manay, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network
P.O. Box1732, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651/215-9913 ( )

Cheryl Haugen, Educator, Sexual Assault Program of Northern Saint Louis County
505 12th Ave. W., Virginia, MN 55792
218/749-4725 ( ) (go to Sexual Assault Program)

Jeanne Olson, Crime Victim Coordinator, Sexual Assault Program of Northern Saint Louis County
505 12th Ave. W., Virginia, MN 55792
218/749-4725 ( ) (go to Sexual Assault Program)

Katie Wind, Youth Program Coordinator
Women of Nations/Eagles Nest Shelter

Barbara Taylor, RN, MPH, NP
Roseville, MN 55113
Have worked for 30 years in adolescent reproductive health, locally, at U of M and MDH, as a SANE, and in Duluth as a health care provider, program coordinator, administrator and educator. Looking for part time work! Special interest in GLBT issues.

As always, anyone interested in or working in the field of sexual violence prevention is WELCOME TO ATTEND SVPN meetings (see calendar below).

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  • March 2007, OJP Trainings: Strangulation Training. Link to or contact Maia Hendel-Paterson at 651-201-7318 or
  • March 7, 2007, Every Student Connected, St. Paul, MN. For information call 612-348-5618.
  • March 8 and March 15, 2007, Healthy Sexuality-Healthy Youth, St. Paul, MN. For more information contact the MN Youth Work Institute: ( )
  • March 16-17, 2007, Survivors for Violence Prevention National Conference: Surviving and Thriving a Decade Later: Looking Back and Pressing Forward, Bloomington, MN. For more information contact or call 612-822-7393.
  • March 19, 2007, Dads Make a Difference Teen Training, St. Paul. Contact Jan Hayne, 651-222-1622,
  • March 20-23, 2007, MN Social Services Association 114th Annual Conference, Bloomington, MN. Link to ( ) for registration information.
  • March 23-25, 2007, Pornography and Pop Culture: Reframing Theory, Rethinking Activism Conference, Boston, MA. For registration details, link to:
  • March 29, 2007, Building a Bridge of Hope: Interdisciplinary Conference on Family Violence and Animal Abuse, Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. For more information contact: Veterinary Continuing Education, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 800-380-8636. March 29-30, 2007, Restoring the Sacred Trails of our Grandmothers: In Search of Safety from Sexual Violence, Mahnomen, MN. Link to ( )





  • September 12-14, 2007, National Sexual Assault Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. Link to:
  • September 16-19, 2007, 12th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (formerly the International Conference on Family Violence), San Diego, CA. Link to: for more information.


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