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  • 24 Jun 2014 1:18 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    From the MassKids June 19, 2014 Press Release:

    Any child 18 or younger who is abused after the law goes into effect will now have up to the age of 53 to file civil charges against their alleged abuser and/or against a supervisor and/or the employer of that supervisor.  Previously a victim only had up to 3 years past their 18th birthday to file civil charges or until 3 years after they came to understand the harm caused by the abuse. Under the new law, that limited “discovery period” is extended to 7 years. Also, the previous requirement that a survivor give a two-year notice of intent to file charges under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act has been eliminated, but only for claims of sexual abuse.

    A significant feature of the proposed new law is its retroactivity for survivors. This means that anyone who was sexually abused in the past and who was time-barred under the old law from filing civil charges against their alleged abuser will now have until the age of 53 to do so.  

    The new law, however, would not be retroactive for institutions and their supervisors.  This means that survivors who believe their past abuse was due to the actions or inactions of an organization and/or a supervisor of that organization, may not file civil charges if they were time-barred under the old law.  Only abuse by institutions and supervisors that occurs after the new law goes into effect would be subject to the age 53 provision.  

  • 24 Jun 2014 1:14 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Building Capacity to Reduce Sexual Victimization by Promoting Collaboration Among Victim Advocates and Sex Offender Management Practitioners

    There is great potential to enhance victim and community safety and prevent sexual victimization when sexual assault victim advocacy and sex offender management professionals work together.  Recognizing this, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is supporting four national organizations – the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the Resource Sharing Project (RSP), the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), and the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) – in working together on an exciting new initiative.  Through this project, NSVRC, RSP, ATSA and CSOM will deliver on-site training, provide on and off-site technical assistance, and develop training curricula and other written resources to support collaborative partnerships between sexual assault victim advocates and sex offender management professionals. 

    We Need Your Help!

    Our organizations share the common vision of reducing sexual violence.  We have all long been proponents of collaborating across disciplines in order to accomplish this goal and hope that you will join us in advancing these efforts.  As an important first step, and because we need your perspectives and insights about these issues, we have developed a needs assessment.  Your responses will help guide the direction of the project’s efforts and shape the resources that will be developed for sexual assault victim advocates and sex offender management practitioners nationwide.  Please click here to complete the needs assessment to make sure your voice is heard!  The needs assessment will be open until Thursday, July 3rd. 

    If you have any questions about this project, please contact Leilah Gilligan at lgilligan@cepp.com.  We thank you in advance for your contributions to this important initiative! 

  • 10 Jun 2014 11:33 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Join us for the second webinar in a five-part series entitled, "Essentials for Childhood" on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10amET - 11:30amET.

    This webinar will (1) briefly review Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their short- and long-term impacts on health and well-being, (2) introduce how assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments can help prevent ACEs, and (3) demonstrate through examples from several participating states how state health departments are using ACEs to inform primary prevention strategies to address child maltreatment.
    Participants will learn:
    How knowledge of ACEs supports the importance of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
    How state health departments and their partners are using ACEs to inform primary prevention strategies in child maltreatment prevention.
    Please REGISTER and extend this invitation accordingly.

  • 13 May 2014 8:13 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From NSVRC - A new edition of the NSVRC’s The Resource has arrived.  The 2014 Spring & Summer edition features a cover story on campus sexual assault written by the Clery Center For Security On Campus. The article provides details on recent amendments to the Jeanne Cleary Act and how policy can be used to help protect the well-being of students. In the same vein, The University of Oregon has students talking about consent with its SexPositive cellphone app. Learn about the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s Assessing Campus Readiness Curriculum and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance’s Building Peace at Home creative fundraising project.

  • 29 Apr 2014 12:39 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NEARI Press is a nonprofit publishing company and training center for professionals working with youth with sexually abusive and other risky behaviors. To see more of their titles, visit their new Facebook page!
  • 29 Apr 2014 12:36 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From the Justice Blog: Staying Involved During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April 2014.

    This month also gives us a chance to thank those already committed to helping children in need. Recently I was privileged to speak to over 1,000 people at the National Symposium on Child Abuse about their work at child advocacy centers, where children who are brought into contact with our child protective and justice systems are getting the services they need to deal with the trauma they have experienced, such as critical medical care and coordinated and efficient case management.

    Eliminating child abuse is a huge challenge. Thousands of children in communities across America need us – all of us – to advocate for their future, to determine whether it will be one darkened by the violence and abuse they have experienced or one lit by care and hope. As the President said in his proclamation, “Our nation thrives when we recognize that we all have a stake in each other. This month and throughout the year, let us come together undefined as families, communities, and Americans undefined to ensure every child can pursue their dreams in a safe and loving home.”

  • 29 Apr 2014 11:11 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    VOICE Today reminds us to wear white on Wednesday, April 30th as part of their WHITE OUT CSA DAY! Hear founder Angela Williams discuss this event on CNN!
  • 22 Apr 2014 10:25 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Take 25 is a campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that asks families, educators, law-enforcement officers and trusted adults to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. Created in honor of National Missing Children’s Day which is annually recognized on May 25th, Take 25 helps educate communities on safety risks and ways to better protect the children in their lives. During the months of April and May, communities are invited to join NCMEC in this grassroots effort by promoting ongoing safety conversations between children and their families.
  • 10 Apr 2014 11:38 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    American Psychological Association Press Release: Children see domestic violence that often goes unreported, research finds. 

    Adapted: In "Intervention Following Family Violence: Best Practices and Help-seeking Obstacles in a Nationally Representative Sample of Families With Children," Sherry Hamby, PhD, Sewanee, The University of the South; and David Finkelhor, PhD, and Heather Turner, PhD, University of New Hampshire; Psychology of Violence, published online April 7, a nationwide study of children who have witnessed domestic violence found that parents or caregivers were physically injured in more than a third of the cases, yet only a small fraction of offenders went to jail and just one in four incidents resulted in police reports.

  • 10 Apr 2014 11:29 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From PreventConnect!

    Free Webinar: Growing Our Impact: Moving from individual awareness building to community norms change strategies as a part of sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts on Monday April 24, 2014 11am-12:30 pmPT / 2-3:30pmET!

    An important aspect of increasing the impact of a primary prevention curriculum or campaign is shifting the focus from individual behavior to the transformation of social and cultural norms. This web conference explores innovative strategies for going beyond individual focused PSAs and curriculum implementation towards a community norms change approach. We'll take a look at case studies where social media, art and digital storytelling have been leveraged to shift norms and prevent violence.

    By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to
    • Engage in a candid discussion around the value of community norms change work and identify strategies for shifting norms.
    • Share real world examples of efforts that shift community level norms.
    • Identify tools and resources to support innovative approaches.

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