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  • 11 Oct 2012 9:04 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: Despite his claims of innocence and conspiracy, the prison term handed down yesterday against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will effectively keep him locked away for the rest of his life. And it puts the rest of us at a collective crossroads in our own lives.

    The sentence by Judge Cleland has received a near-universal endorsement from anyone familiar with the sordid details of Sandusky’s sexual abuse of at least 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse against the boys, who had come under his influence while he served as a Penn State coach and as the founder of Second Mile, a program for at-risk youth.

    Sandusky’s charitable works, his professions of innocence, and his goofy grin have revealed him to be a complex archetype and an easily-demonized caricature of a predatory sexual manipulator. These two images respectively offer a great opportunity and a significant danger, for educating adults about how to prevent future sexual abuse of children.

    And so, we must choose.

    We have an unprecedented opening to use this case’s stunning lessons about ignorance, self-interest and responsibility to closely examine widespread, false assumptions about the dynamics of child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. These assumptions make us all susceptible to becoming silent bystanders who, like many in Sandusky's midst, fail to protect vulnerable children due to self-protective confusion, fear or misunderstanding.

    Or we can seek reassurance in the caricature and congratulate ourselves for putting away a man who many equate with evil. We can punish the callous individuals and institutions who we believe should have stopped Sandusky. We can consider our duty done. We can convince ourselves that “they” were the problem and “we” would have done better. That’s the danger of this scenario.

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  • 03 Oct 2012 1:44 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Watch the Interview! Early Intervention to Avoid Sex Trading and Trafficking of Minnesota’s Female Youth: A Benefit-Cost Analysis. This report was authored by Dr. Lauren Martin of University of Minnesota and Dr. Rick Lotspeich of Indiana State University. Using a very conservative methodology, we find a 34 – 1 return on investment for early intervention and prevention programs that serve runaway and homeless girls in our state. This is the population most at risk for being trafficked into prostitution.
  • 02 Oct 2012 2:06 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Dear Colleagues

    On October 9th, the sentencing trial for Jerry Sandusky is about to begin. One of the victims of the Penn State tragedy has agreed to testify so it is likely to be all over the media again.  And then when the trial is over, it will no longer be a media story and will cease to exist in the public eye.  

    But for those of us who care deeply about stopping sexual abuse, this case has brought focus and insight into this difficult topic in new ways.  Although much of the case has focused on what people did do and didn't do to protect these innocent children, we now have an opportunity to move the discussion towards prevention.  I believe it is incumbent upon us to learn from this case and others to prevent sexual abuse in communities and families across the country and around the world.  

    The Prevention Committee of ATSA has developed three letters to the editor for you to use as you would like.  We are asking anyone who is interested to  please take just a few minutes to contact your local paper or radio or TV station.  They will be looking for new angles to this story, so they will welcome your offer to send in a short letter to the editor/opinion piece.  It is incredibly easy to do and if you live in a more rural area, your letter is likely to be printed!  To make your part of the job easier, the ATSA Prevention Committee has drafted three different letters to the editor on the
    ATSA Website.  Choose one letter to edit and submit.  It really is that easy.  We did this once before and many people were able to get their letters into the public eye and one of our colleagues was given an award for her work!  

    So please contact your paper or local radio/TV station.  Please reach out into the community while people are still willing to consider what they can do to prevent child sexual abuse.    

    All of us will be safer because of your commitment and involvement.  Thank you!


    Joan Tabachnick

    Co-Chair of ATSA's Prevention Committee
  • 02 Oct 2012 2:04 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Dear Colleague:  Please join us for our first online webinar in this new NEARI Press series. Dr. Robin Wilson will be speaking about his important work with people who have intellectual disabilities and problematic sexual behavior.
    Working with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and
    Problematic Sexual Behavior
    Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    2:00pm-3:00pm EST
    Within this one-hour webinar, Dr. Wilson will provide an overview of the essential knowledge tools and perspective necessary for anyone choosing to work with this population.
  • 24 Sep 2012 6:06 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    From Hosts Cordelia Anderson & Joan Tabachnick -- The Ms. Foundation for Women (MFW) has made the courageous decision to direct a significant portion of its resources towards ending child sexual abuse. Monique Hoeflinger, Senior Program Officer, Safety at the Ms. Foundation laid the ground work for why MFW chose this issue as one of its priorities by saying,

    “Ending child sexual abuse is one of the most strategic things we can do to improve the lives of women and communities.”

    Given the frequency of sexual abuse against children and the life-long impact of that abuse, focusing on child sexual abuse prevention makes sense. Among the approaches that MFW supports are those that move beyond traditional child-focused strategies and instead, engage adults and communities in prevention efforts.

    As just one part of their broad efforts, the Ending Child Sexual Abuse (ECSA) Web Conference Series is designed to bring the best thinking, programs, and insights they have seen to a larger community of stakeholders. Through this exciting new partnership with us (Cordelia and Joan), Prevent-Connect, and most importantly – all of you – we hope to build a stronger and more effective movement to end child sexual abuse. The goals of this series are to:

    • Raise visibility and dialogue within prevention community
    • Engage new communities in this movement
    • Increase knowledge, resources and strategic action on child sexual abuse

    Over the next nine months, we plan to cover the following exciting topics:

    Look on the MFW or the PreventConnect websites for dates and time and more details. And if you miss one of them, don’t worry! Both the slides and recordings of the sessions are available to anyone.

    We hope you will join us for one of these future web conferences. Sign-up to learn more about upcoming sessions.

  • 24 Sep 2012 5:57 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    This web conference is the sixth in a series of nine web conferences on Ending Child Sexual Abuse. This is a collaboration between PreventConnect and Ms. Foundation for Women. Please see the materials and recordings from the previous web conference “Healthy sexuality and caring connections: Foundations for prevention.”

    The sixth web conference on October 10, 2012 is titled “The Role of Arts in Ending Child Sexual Abuse.” The arts are a powerful way to give voice to what otherwise may not be said. The arts are often a catalyst to action. The arts inspire viewers to see things through a different lens and define and experience in a way that links to taking action. The arts are a way to tap into the heart and through the experience of the art bring attention to an issue. This web conference focuses on how to use the arts to help end child sexual abuse.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
    (2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern)

    Sponsor: Ms. Foundation for Women

    Hosts: Joan Tobachnick, Cordelia Anderson


  • 13 Sep 2012 3:35 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    In October, Stop It Now! is offering a FREE three-part web-based training, Creating Circles of Safety: How organizations and adults can speak up to keep children safe from sexual abuse. This training teaches skills in proactively setting guidelines for privacy and touch and responding skillfully to ambiguous situations involving children or adults. It will help you gain words to use and confidence to act in situations you might encounter in your family, organization, or community.
    Daytime Session: Wednesdays, October 3, 10 and December 5 at 2:00 pm ET.
    Evening Session: Tuesdays, October 2,9, and December 4 at 7:30 pm ET.
  • 30 Jul 2012 4:02 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Check out these websites that contain useful studies, stories and insights into the ACE Study and how it impacts health across the lifespan.

    ACES Too High News

    ACEs Connection

    Academy on Violence and Abuse: Science and Research News

  • 30 Jul 2012 4:00 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read more! So the story continues, but are we learning the right lessons from it? A common refrain has been that university administrators are so keen to protect their schools' reputations and maintain winning programs that they have lost sight of their social and legal responsibilities. Lawmakers in many states, meanwhile, have decided that the Penn State scandal shows a need for stricter laws requiring sexual abuse to be reported undefined though Pennsylvania's existing laws would have been adequate if officials had lived up to their obligations.
  • 26 Jul 2012 1:44 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From MaleSurvivor: In 2010 our conference, the only one of its kind in the world, brought together more than 400 survivors, psychologists, social workers, academic researchers, members of the law enforcement community, and friends of the cause to share information regarding their efforts to help survivors, research, and insights. We anticipate this to be our largest and most successful yet! Read More!
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