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  • 18 Jan 2013 10:49 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NEARI Press announces its next free Webinar "Trauma Informed Treatment:  What it is and How to Incorporate this into your Work Every Day" with Pat Wilcox on February 5th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT. Register now!

  • 14 Jan 2013 9:14 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Title: NCAC's Ask the Expert -- Promoting Healthy Sexual Development: A Key Component in Sexual Abuse Prevention presented by Janet Rosenzweig  on Thursday, January 22, 2013 at 1pmCT / 2pmET. Register today!

    Description: Over the past several years, there has been an increased focus on adolescents who sexually abuse.  At the same time, research has continued to provide us with a clearer picture of these youth.  Despite our gains in knowledge, myths continue and confuse the issue. This Ask the Expert session will outline what we know about sexually abusive youth and will provide answers to questions about re-offense rates, what treatment involves, how long treatment is and other general questions about this group of youth.  The session is designed to provide the professional with current information about sexually abusive youth.
  • 09 Jan 2013 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    Released this morning, StudentsFirst an education advocacy organization reports more than two-third's of our country's states received a "D" or "F" on their State of Education: State Policy Report Card 2013.  No "A"s were given and only 12 states earned "B"s or "C"s. 

    Education (or worse lack thereof) can have a dramatic effect on child... 

    give this a quick read.  I think there are some interesting findings here.

    Posted on January 9, 2013

    Nearly All U.S. States Receive Failing Grade From New Education Advocacy Organization

    A new report from an education advocacy group started by former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee that evaluates states based on their current education laws and practices gives nearly all states in the nation a "C" grade or less. But many officials are embracing their states' failing grades as a "badge of honor" because they don't agree with the organization's method for measuring student success, the New York Times reports.

    Unlike reports that focus on individual or school-wide test scores or teacher effectiveness, StudentFirst's State Policy Report Card (82 pages, PDF) looked at how well each state's education policies serve students and schools according to three criteria: elevating and improving the teaching profession, empowering parents with information and choice, and ensuring that public dollars are spent wisely in ways that help students learn. The top two states according to the report, Louisiana and Florida, each earned a "B-" for their efforts to adopt student-centered policies that StudentsFirst argues will bring more rigor and accountability into school systems and expand parents' access to quality school choice.

    While some education officials view the report as a kind of roadmap for student success, others have taken issue with the organization's model and rejected the validity of its rating system. For example, California schools superintendent Richard Zeiger told the Times that he "would have been surprised if [California] had got anything else" other than an "F" in the report. "[StudentsFirst] has focused on an extremely narrow, unproven method that they think will improve teaching," said Zeiger. "And we just flat-out disagree with them."

    Even so, StudentsFirst expressed hope that the report will inspire policy makers to take a second look at their education laws and practices. "The most powerful way to improve student achievement from outside the classroom is to shape policy and implement laws at the state level that govern education," said Rhee. "That is why our report card focuses singularly on the education policies in place in each of our states. And when we look solely at policy, it's clear that we have a long way to go toward improving our education system in America."

    “StudentsFirst Publishes First-of-Its-Kind Education Report Card.”StudentsFirst Press Release 1/07/13.

    Rich, Motoko.“11 States Get Failing Grades on Public School Policies From Advocacy Group.”New York Times 1/07/13.

    Primary Subject: Education
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  • 08 Jan 2013 8:56 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: The Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children released its Final Report to the Governor, General Assembly and State Board of Education. For the last year, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children has met and carefully studied the issue of child sexual abuse and how it can be prevented. The Report is a blueprint for ending the epidemic of child sexual abuse, and Missouri KidsFirst encourages all Missourians to read the report and become a part of the solution to ending child sexual abuse. Read more at Missouri KidsFirst!
  • 03 Dec 2012 3:08 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read More about the December 3, 2012 Ms Foundation for Women's Igniting Change Blog: It's Time to Pull Our Heads Out of the Sand! By guest bloggers Cordelia Anderson and Joan Tabachnick, hosts of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series.

    Excerpt: For years, we’ve asked the difficult questions: Why didn’t he do something to stop it? Why didn’t she say something when anyone could see that something was wrong? It’s easy to judge others for not doing what we hope we would do if we suspected a child was being abused. But case after case shows how much easier it is to ignore what is in front of us when it’s a family member, trusted friend, respected elder or someone in a leadership role who commits abuse. It is easy to feel immobilized when we’re not sure what to do.
  • 28 Nov 2012 10:37 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read this MFW blog by Cordelia Anderson and Joan Tabachnich, co-hosts of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series!

    Excerpt: There is certainly good news about the changing face of the media. Social media and the internet offer many opportunities for accessing information, and this web conference series is a prime example of how technology and new forms of media are connecting people like never before. However, these new opportunities don’t come without their challenges. Our recent web conference titled “
    The Role of Media and Pornography” brought together two national leaders known for their expertise on media and pornography, and examined the ways in which new media and technology have transformed the pornography industry to the detriment of safer communities.
  • 19 Nov 2012 12:07 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: “Their suspension of Hewitt is an encouraging sign that organizations serving youth are taking to heart lessons learned from the Catholic Church, Penn State, and Boy Scouts scandals,’’ said Jetta Bernier, director of MassKids, which works to curn child sexual abuse. “The HOF’s decision reflects the overwhelming public sentiment that protecting children must always trump concerns about loss of institutional reputation, power and money.” Read More!
  • 16 Oct 2012 11:22 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: That’s why shedding light on this subject is so vital. We are thankful for the media's continued coverage of this topic and have seen positive strides being made in spreading awareness about prevention. As a result, we have encountered more people who want to talk about sexual abuse, understand the warning signs and learn how to prevent it. We encourage these ongoing discussions to continue – further breaking the silence surrounding these crimes. We invite you to join online conversations such as those happening on NSVRC’s blogs (www.nsvrc.org/blogs) and social networking sites (www.twitter.com/nsvrc) and (www.facebook.com/nsvrc).
    From these conversations, adults become better equipped to identify grooming techniques and notice red flags that indicate someone might be sexually abusing a child. Like in the Sandusky case, oftentimes people sense that something isn't right, but never report their suspicions. This case illustrates the many missed opportunities to protect children and interrupt abusive behaviors. We hope this case will serve as a catalyst for changing our behaviors and priorities so that adults will step forward, value all children and support their healthy development. Today's sentencing sends a strong message to communities and survivors of sexual abuse everywhere: You are not alone. You will be believed and supported. And everyone’s voice matters. It’s time to get involved. Together, we can all prevent sexual abuse.

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  • 16 Oct 2012 10:27 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: Read more about the Role of Art in Ending Child Sexual Abuse, a part of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Confence Series that PreventConnect is co-sponsoring with Ms. Foundation for Women!

    "It was one of those days," writes Cordelia and Joan in the blog. "The papers were full of child sexual abuse stories focused on the problem -- from national stories such as the sentencing of Jerry Sandusky to a wide variety of local cases involving priests, teachers, and family members. The web conference “The Role of Art in Ending Child Sexual Abuse” was a breath of fresh air because it showed so clearly how the trauma of child sexual abuse can be transformed into a wide range of positive solutions."

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  • 11 Oct 2012 9:06 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: Because of this event the norm of silence about child sexual abuse is beginning to become a more open and honest discussion about what it takes to ensure healthy child development. Institutions in communities across the nation are refining how they deal with situations like this and how they can prevent them from ever occurring again.

    Given this, we challenge all adults to see today's sentencing as a call to action, and a moment where they can pledge to do what's necessary to prevent child sexual abuse in their own communities by:

    • Taking a renewed interest in the lives of our children: where they go, who they play with, what they're watching on television and the Internet, and which adults they spend time with;
    • Reducing the amount of one on one unsupervised non-parental adult-child time;
    • Learning the signs of abuse and reporting abuse when they suspect it;
    • Ensuring that the organizations that serve children and families have sexual abuse prevention policies in place; and
    • Volunteering at local organizations that work to prevent child sexual abuse.

    "From a tragedy such as this, hope can emerge, and the future health of not just our nation's children and their families, but the nation itself can be addressed," said James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. "Today is a new day, and while we will not forget what brought us here, it can be the start of something healthy and positive. We hope you will join us, because what could be more important than the health and happiness of our children and their families... Nothing I can think of."

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