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  • 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!
  • 18 Jul 2012 2:59 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Read the The Enough Abuse Campaign: Building the Movement to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Massachusetts. Special Issue: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse - A Range of Strategies in the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume 21, Issue 4, 2012.

    Abstract: This case study describes the Enough Abuse Campaign, a multidisciplinary, statewide effort to prevent child sexual abuse in Massachusetts. The study uses the Institute of Medicine's Framework for Collaborative Community Action on Health to provide a systematic description of the campaign's process of implementation, which includes: (a) developing a state-level infrastructure for child sexual abuse prevention, (b) assessing child sexual abuse perceptions and public opinion, (c) developing local infrastructures in three communities and implementing training programs focused on preventing perpetration of child sexual abuse, (d) facilitating changes in local communities to child-sexual-abuse-related systems, and (e) inviting Massachusetts residents to join an advocacy-based movement to prevent child sexual abuse. This case study concludes with future directions for the campaign and topics for future research related to child sexual abuse.

  • 17 Jul 2012 4:31 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Read more in the Boston Globe's July 3, 2012 article:

    The International Tennis Hall of Fame, reversing course after months of inaction, is investigating allegations that Bob Hewitt, one of the greatest doubles players in the history of the sport, sexually abused nearly a dozen girls he coached in South Africa and the United States from the 1970s to 1990s, according to several of the alleged victims.

    The Hall of Fame launched the inquiry after drawing criticism throughout the tennis community for dropping its plan last year to investigate the scandal. The organization has hired a Boston law firm undefined Hinckley, Allen & Snyder undefined to conduct the investigation and present its findings before the hall’s board of directors meet later this month in Newport, R.I.

  • 17 Jul 2012 4:21 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Watch PBS NewsHour's What are the lessons learned from the Penn State Scandal, airdate July 12, 2012.

    Summary: What can other institutions learn from the Penn State sex abuse case? Jeffrey Brown talks to Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children's Alliance; Elizabeth LeTourneau of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Scott Berkowitz, founder and president of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

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