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  • 29 Mar 2013 2:30 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign  focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

    10 Ways to Participate

    1.       Highlight the SAAM Day of Action on Tuesday, April 2!

    2.       Share resources that prevent child sexual abuse. Learn more about how all adults can play a role in healthy childhood sexual development:

    3.       Spread the word! Campaign logos, posters and images for Facebook and Twitter are available for download.

    4.       Meet us on the Street! Take a stand to end harassment for International Anti-street Harassment Week, April 7-13, 2013

    5.       Find or share an event in your community. Connect with a local organization and promote what’s happening locally.

    6.       Join us for Twitter chats on Tuesdays in April! #TweetAboutIt

    7.       Use your voice to “Talk early, talk often.” Find inspiration from the SAAM blog “Talk early, talk often” series.

    8.       Represent by wearing denim on “Denim Day” Wednesday, April 24.

    9.       Celebrate visionaries! Visionary Voices Award winners across the country as making a difference.

    10.   Educate and promote media literacy! Discounts on Media Education Foundation films for SAAM

    Visit www.nsvrc.org/saam to learn more. Many resources are available in Spanish (recursos en Español). Share with us! Let us know how you are participating in SAAM.  Share events, videos, pictures and announcements with NSVRC on Facebook and Twitter.

    Here’s to an eventful, awareness building April & sustained conversation on sexual violence prevention!

  • 27 Mar 2013 1:22 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NSVRC announces new research: Plummer, C. (2013, March). Using Policies to Promote Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: What is Working?. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. 

    Excerpt: This Applied Research paper reviews both international and U.S.-based policy efforts to promote sexual abuse prevention and offers considerations for policy development in communities and organizations. Listen to the accompanying podcast interview with Alisa Klein.

  • 18 Mar 2013 9:43 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Excerpt: Unfortunately, acts of child sexual exploitation are all to familiar to the staff of NCMEC, a Congressionally authorized non-profit organization that works with law enforcement, families and other professionals on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.

    But it doesn't have to be that way. With better education, increased law enforcement and greater awareness its possible to better protect children in sporting programs, youth-serving organizations and everywhere else.

    On March 19th and 20th, NCMEC is sponsoring a conference called Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse, where it will convene more than 50 youth-serving organizations, including the YMCA, Special Olympics, USA Swimming, USA Gymnastics, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to talk about the issue of preventing abuse of children in sports programs.

    NCMEC CEO John Ryan said "one of the deliverables of the summit will be to bring these leading national youth organizations to the Center and develop what we are calling sound practices so that parents can ask the right questions and that they can be assured that these organizations have the appropriate policies in place."

  • 18 Mar 2013 9:34 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The NSVRC is partnering with the Media Education Foundation for National Sexual Violence Awareness Month 2013 to offer reduced pricing on select films exclusively to Sexual Assault Awareness Month activity organizers. You can order films at SAAM prices through April 30, 2013. Over 20 fabulous films are included!


  • 13 Mar 2013 10:43 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: Summer 2013! Stop Porn Culture is now LIVE with a brand-new website, which lists summer events in Boston, Mass such as a Media Institute, an SPC training, and a feminist teach-in.

  • 27 Feb 2013 2:04 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Press Release: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today it has teamed up with the Poynter Institute’s News University to create a free, online course for journalists, educators and the public on how to report on sexual violence. The course will help journalists go beyond conventional reporting to help audiences learn more about the reality of sexual violence, and will help them cover the topic with context, accuracy and sensitivity.

    The free course, Reporting on Sexual Violence, will teach journalists how to report on sexual violence in a factual, trustworthy manner; how to generate story ideas that go beyond crime reports; and how to help audiences understand the impact of sexual violence and engage them in prevention efforts.
  • 29 Jan 2013 9:11 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The Slate author Jennifer Bleyer asks the question: Why Aren't We Doing More to Stop Child Pornography Before it Starts?

    Nowhere in either article is the most dark and disturbing question asked: Why do some grown men want to rape or molest little kids? Or even look at images of such acts? You might answer that it’s because they’re sick perverts, but "sick pervert" is neither a medical diagnosis nor a psychiatric designation. Believing that the world is simply pocked with sick perverts who are destined to rape and molest children is, in a way, to give into the inevitability of their crimes with our fingers crossed that they'll be caught. (Most are not.) It does nothing to prevent men like John from doing what he did, nor what happened to Nicole and Amy from happening again. 

    That’s why researchers are increasingly studying child sexual abuse as a public health issue, with a focus on identifying risk factors that may lead to abuse and protective factors that may prevent it. But compared to the many millions of dollars we spend on civil commitment, trials, imprisonment, sex offender registration, and the like, we spend almost nothing on prevention.

    “We're investing all of our money in a very small number of people,” Joan Tabachnick, a co-chair of the Prevention Committee of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, told me. “The primary prevention part, before any child is harmed undefined that’s where we need to ratchet it back to. But the way we invest is completely reactive and doesn't look at most situations of sexual abuse.”

  • 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
    Location(s): National


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