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  • 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.

  • 12 Mar 2014 2:26 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Finkelhor, Shattuck, Turner and Hamby. (2014) The Lifetime Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Assessed in Late Adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health.


    To estimate the likelihood that a recent cohort of children would be exposed to sexual abuse and sexual assault by age 17 in the United States.

    This analysis draws on three very similarly designed national telephone surveys of youth in 2003, 2008, and 2011, resulting in a pooled sample of 708 17-year-olds, 781 15-year-olds, and 804 16-year-olds.

    The lifetime experience of 17-year-olds with sexual abuse and sexual assault was 26.6% (95% confidence interval [CI] 19.8–33.5) for girls and 5.1% (95% CI 2.6–7.6) for boys. The lifetime experience with sexual abuse and sexual assault at the hands of adult perpetrators exclusively was 11.2% (95% CI 6.4–16.1) for females and 1.9% (95% CI .5–3.4) for males. For females, considerable risk for sexual abuse and assault was concentrated in late adolescence, as the rate rose from 16.8% (95% CI 11.5–22.2) for 15-year-old females to 26.6% (95% CI 19.8–33.5) for 17-year-old females. For males, it rose from 4.3% (95% CI 1.9–6.8) at 15 years to 5.1% (2.6–7.6) at 17 years.

    Self-report surveys in late adolescence reveal high rates of lifetime experience with sexual abuse and sexual assault at the hands of both adults and peers. Because of high continuing victimization during the late teen years, assessments are most complete when conducted among the oldest youth.

  • 12 Mar 2014 2:14 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Underground Commercial Sex Economy Key Findings

    "Sex sells" does little to explain the multimillion-dollar profits generated by the underground commercial sex economy. From high-end escort services to high school "sneaker pimps," the sex trade leaves no demographic unrepresented and circuits almost every major US city. What we know about the underground commercial sex economy is likely just the tip of the iceberg, but our study attempts to unveil its size and structure while documenting the experiences of offenders and law enforcement.

    Our study focused on eight US cities undefined Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and Washington, DC. Across cities, the 2007 underground sex economy’s worth was estimated between $39.9 and $290 million. While almost all types of commercial sex venues, massage parlors, brothels, escort services, and street- and internet-based prostitution existed in each city, regional and demographic differences influenced their markets.

    Pimps and traffickers interviewed for the study took home between $5,000 and $32,833 a week. These actors form a notoriously difficult population to reach because of the criminal nature of their work. Our study presents data from interviews with 73 individuals charged and convicted for crimes including compelling prostitution, human trafficking and engaging in a business relationship with sex workers.

  • 12 Mar 2014 1:35 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From the Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society website --

    This course is designed to help students develop their own ethical standpoint about sex and sexual behavior.  They are discouraged from developing a relativistic perspective that “anything goes” or that leaves them saying “I can’t judge anyone else.”  They are taught that making judgments is different than acting “judgmental” towards their peers or others.  Units on sexual abuse of children and prostitution push them to develop ethical viewpoints rather than remain in the comfort of a “who am I to judge?” position.  In this sense, this course is unlike many courses that ask students to develop tolerance.  Tolerance for others’ behavior can only be justified through reasoning that students develop about human rights or virtues of character.

    Students who come to the course with ethical viewpoints that are somewhat established are urged to explore the foundation of their stances. Rather than treating a religious perspective as one of many viewpoints available to be chosen from a menu, students whose morals are embedded in religion are still asked to examine the foundation of those morals in terms of the rights and virtues therein.

  • 10 Mar 2014 2:10 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from PreventConnect: In February 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States - 2010, describing the prevalence and context of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization using data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings discuss IPV victimization, frequency, severity, patterns, need for services, and impacts to more fully convey this public health burden.  In the web conference, CDC's Matt Breiding will describe the findings of the report. We will then explore the implications for prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence and dating violence.

  • 27 Feb 2014 3:22 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from PCAA: Join us in Jacksonville from May 18 - 21 for The National Conference for America's Children!  Take in lectures from world-renowned experts such as Dr. Bruce Perry and Robin Karr-Morse, participate in trainings and workshops on timely topics spanning brain architecture, home visitation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, organizational development and many more, and network with like-minded professionals equally committed to healthy starts for our nation's children!

    You won't want to miss this, and we don't want you to either! That's why we're announcing several cost-saving options today to help you make the journey to Jacksonville a little easier: 
    • If you're willing to volunteer by monitoring workshops, we'll offer a $50 reduction in registration to the first 20 applicants! This is a great way to learn from our great workshops while saving a little bit on the bottom line.
    • The Early Bird gets the lunch! Register now to not only take advantage of our Early Bird registration rate (register before April 1!), but also to be entered into a contest to attend a private lunch with Dr. Bruce Perry! Save some money and give yourself a chance to chat with one of the most accomplished researchers in the world of infant mental health.
  • 31 Jan 2014 11:04 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From NEARI: Please join us for our next online webinar in this 2013-2014 NEARI Press series. Toni Cavanagh Johnson will present on Tuesday, February 18th at 3 PM EST. Space is limited, so please register now to be guaranteed a spot!
    Title:  Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors:  What's Natural and Healthy
    Date:  Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
    Time:  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
    If you want to buy Toni's excellent booklet by the same title, "Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors:  What's Natural and Healthy", before the webinar, you can call NEARI Press at 1.888.632.7412 and ask for the special $5.00 price (includes shipping).   

  • 31 Jan 2014 10:41 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Adapted from the Press Release dated January 27, 2014:

    Today the National Child Protection Training Center at Gundersen released When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program, authored by Victor Vieth, Executive Director Emeritus. The Assessment is an analysis of the efforts USA Swimming has undertaken since the 2010 media reports and ongoing lawsuits exposed a culture of hiding sexual abusers, and recommends dozens of changes to ensure the safety of the 93% of swimmers who are still children.
    Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), worked closely with Mr. Vieth during the research and writing phase of the Assessment, and the WSF served as an official reviewer for the final draft of the Assessment.
    Sexual, verbal and physical abuse is fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the Olympic movement and youth serving organizations. While misconduct occurs at all levels of sports, the International Olympic Committee’s research demonstrates that abuse is more likely to exist in elite sport. (IOC, 2007) The Women’s Sports Foundation looks forward to the day when the protections listed in the Assessment are performed routinely, and sport is a safe haven for those participating.   
    The Assessment recognizes that USA Swimming still has those within its sport that are reluctant to take further steps to protect children. But experts in child protection know well that abusers operate best in organizations that seldom discuss child abuse, either because the topic makes them uncomfortable, or because they do not think it is a sporting organization’s responsibility to protect children from child abusers. The voices advocating for silence or simple solutions must not prevail.

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