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  • 29 May 2013 2:31 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    PreventConnect is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women to help build the movement to end child sexual abuse. A total of 18 state and national organizations were selected as grantee recipients.

    This grant will allow CALCASA’s national project PreventConnect to continue its Ending Child Sexual Abuse web conference series on child sexual abuse prevention. This work will build on a series of web conferences from last year and will be facilitated by Cordelia Anderson and Joan Tabachnick.

    Click here for CALCASA’s press release.

  • 29 May 2013 2:26 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    From NSVRC: We are very excited to share the Spring/Summer NSVRC eNewsletter: The Resource with you. If you need print copies, you can submit your requests online.

    We would love to include more stories about innovative prevention programs in our next issue.  Give us your feedback in this brief 5-10 minute online survey. We would appreciate your response by June 12, 2013.

    Thank you for helping us make The Resource a valuable tool for the field!
  • 29 May 2013 2:22 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The report calls attention to the fact that boys are victimized by sex trafficking in as large numbers as girls are, but it is much less acknowledged.
     
    Research suggests that boys can enter 'the life' between the ages of 11-13, compared to 12-14 for girls.
     
    ECPAT-USA is hosting a LIVE TWITTER CHAT to discuss the report on THURSDAY 5/30/13, from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST! Use #andboys2 on twitter to join in. Send questions in advance and/or during the chat! Follow us in twitter today to join the discussion: www.twitter.com/ecpatusa.

  • 29 May 2013 2:17 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Philadelphia’s Institute for Safe Families Hosts Solution-Based Conference

    Philadelphia’s Institute for Safe Families, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on May 13-14 at the Independence Visitor Center.  Key summit participants included Dr. Robert Anda, the Principal Investigator of the ACE study, Dr. Andrew Garner one of the authors of a pivotal policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Howard Spivak, Director of the Division of Violence Prevention for the Centers for Disease Control, Susan Dreyfus, CEO and President of the Alliance for Children and Families, Dr. Sandra Bloom, Co-Director of the Center for Non-violence and Social Justice and internationally recognized trauma expert and others.

    “We are very excited to bring together, foster relationships and share results among national and local leaders committed to using the results of the ACEs study to create a paradigm shift with healthcare, mental health and child-serving systems,” said Martha Davis, Executive Director of the Institute for Safe Families.

    The Philadelphia Urban ACE study is an effort to capitalize on the findings from the original ACE Study http://www.cdc.gov/ace/prevalence.htm , which examines a range of early childhood traumatic stressors and their relationship to clinical, public health, and social problems throughout the lifespan. The key concept underlying the ACE Study is that childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, or growing up with alcohol/substance abuse, mental illness, parental discord, or crime in the home can lead to social, emotional, and cognitive impairments, increased risk of unhealthy behaviors, violence, victimization or re-victimization, disease, disability, and premature mortality. These adverse experiences cause chronic stress that may play a key role in racial and ethnic health disparities.

  • 13 May 2013 2:07 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    "As a Matter of Fact: The Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Child/Adolescent Well-Being,"  a new Prevention Fact Sheet, has recently been released by the National Children’s Advocacy Center. This Fact Sheet summarizes the impact of child maltreatment upon physical health, mental health, delinquency, and brain architecture. The Fact Sheet may be found in CALiO (the NCAC’s Child Abuse Library Online) under Evidence Based Practices in section Prevention Fact Sheets and Public Awareness Tools.
     
  • 07 May 2013 12:53 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: (2006) In response to Philip Zimbardo's "The Demise of Guys?" TED talk, Gary Wilson asks whether our brains evolved to handle the hyperstimulation of today's Internet enticements. He also discusses the disturbing symptoms showing up in some heavy Internet users, the surprising reversal of those symptoms, and the science behind these 21st century phenomena.

    More About Gary Wilson: Gary is host of www.yourbrainonporn.com. The site arose in response to a growing demand for solid scientific information by heavy Internet erotica users experiencing perplexing, unexpected effects: escalation to more extreme material, concentration difficulties, sexual performance problems, radical changes in sexual tastes, social anxiety, irritability, inability to stop, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
  • 29 Mar 2013 2:43 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: From NSVRC!

    This week the Talk early, talk often series continues on the SAAM Blog with a guest post from author and expert Dr. Janet Rosenzweig. Join us on Tueday, April 2 for a twitter chat hosted by @JanetRosenzweig on child sexual abuse prevention. Use the hashtag #TweetAboutIt to participate. 

    Parents are the strongest influence on their children's decisions about sex and sexuality, yet most parents underestimate their own power. A major national survey reported in 2010 that 46 percent of teens continue to say that parents most influence their decisions about sex, while just 20 percent say friends most influence their decisions. At the same time, parents overestimate the influence media and friends have on their children's decisions about sex and underestimate their own.

    The same study tells us that 88 percent of parents agree with the statement that "parents believe they should talk to their kids about sex but often don’t know what to say, how to say it, or when to start." (Albert 2010)

  • 29 Mar 2013 2:37 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In observance, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) annual Visionary Voice Award highlights individuals throughout the country whose prevention work is making an impact in their communities. Nominees are selected by state, tribal or territorial anti-sexual violence coalitions.

    NSVRC, in partnership with the following coalitions, is pleased to announce the 2013 Visionary Voice Award winners!

  • 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.

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