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Este taller altamente interactivo utiliza escenarios de casos relevantes y juegos de roles para mostrar las habilidades de comunicación necesarias para tener conversaciones sobre el suicidio con Sobrevivientes de Asalto Sexual.

An Introduction to Community Care Practice with Sexual Assault Survivors

This highly interactive workshop uses relevant case scenarios and role-plays to showcase the communication skills needed to engage in conversations about suicide with Sexual Assault Survivors.

Sexual Violence is a Public Health Problem: Collaborating Across Sectors

If sexual violence were a disease, epidemiologists might characterize it as hyperendemic (or persistently and highly prevalent) across the globe. Studies consistently show alarmingly high physical, emotional, social, and financial costs associated with experiencing sexual violence. However, sexual violence is preventable, and taking a public health approach to addressing sexual violence is critical to preventing and ending sexual violence.
This workshop explores what a public health approach to sexual violence prevention looks like, including how creating opportunities for collaboration between anti-sexual violence agencies and local health departments could lead to more effective prevention initiatives.

Suicide Prevention from a Racial Justice Lens Part 1

This is the first of a two-part workshop exploring the social and cultural factors that create risk and/or protection for suicide in Latinx and Black communities. This workshop also offers an overview of community care values that can be used to support those in distress.

At the end of the two-part workshop, participants will be able to

  • identify specific social and cultural factors that create risk and/or protection for suicide in Latinx and Black communities
  • deconstruct suicide myths and taboos that exist in our language, culture, and media
  • recognize the signs that indicate someone might be at risk of suicide; and apply community care values to support those in distress

Suicide Prevention from a Racial Justice Lens Part 2

This is the second of a two-part workshop exploring the social and cultural factors that create risk and/or protection for suicide in Latinx and Black communities. This workshop also offers an overview of community care values that can be used to support those in distress.

At the end of the two-part workshop, participants will be able to

  • identify specific social and cultural factors that create risk and/or protection for suicide in Latinx and Black communities
  • deconstruct suicide myths and taboos that exist in our language, culture, and media
  • recognize the signs that indicate someone might be at risk of suicide; and apply community care values to support those in distress.

In part 2 of this series Tabitha discusses engaging practices for sexual violence services providers. By the end of this session participants will have:

  • experienced guided centering and grounding practices to aid in self-care and prevention of burnout
  • received an introduction to emergent strategy in application to advocacy work.

Prevención del Suicidio Desde la Perspective de la Justicia Racial (Español) Parte 1

El entrenamiento sobre la Prevención del Suicidio Desde la Perspectiva de la Justicia Racial explora los factores sociales y culturales que crean riesgo y/o protección para el suicidio en la comunidad Latina/x y Negra.

Este entrenamiento también ofrece una descripción general de los valores del Cuidado Comunitario que se pueden utilizar para apoyar los que están en riesgo de suicidio. Al final de este entrenamiento (los dos días), los participantes van a:

identificar factores sociales y culturales específicos que crean riesgo y/o protección para el suicidio en la comunidad Latina/x y Negra;
deconstruir los mitos y tabúes suicidas que existen en nuestro idioma, cultura y medios;
reconocer las señales que indican que alguien podría estar en riesgo de suicidio;
aplicar los valores del Cuidado Comunitario para apoyar a los que se encuentran en riesgo de suicidio.

Prevención del Suicidio Desde la Perspective de la Justicia Racial (Español) Parte 2

El entrenamiento sobre la Prevención del Suicidio Desde la Perspectiva de la Justicia Racial explora los factores sociales y culturales que crean riesgo y/o protección para el suicidio en la comunidad Latina/x y Negra.

Este entrenamiento también ofrece una descripción general de los valores del Cuidado Comunitario que se pueden utilizar para apoyar los que están en riesgo de suicidio. Al final de este entrenamiento (los dos días), los participantes van a:

identificar factores sociales y culturales específicos que crean riesgo y/o protección para el suicidio en la comunidad Latina/x y Negra;
deconstruir los mitos y tabúes suicidas que existen en nuestro idioma, cultura y medios;
reconocer las señales que indican que alguien podría estar en riesgo de suicidio;
aplicar los valores del Cuidado Comunitario para apoyar a los que se encuentran en riesgo de suicidio.

Our Power in Advocacy: Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

Our Power in Advocacy is a three-part series offered by Tabitha Thomas of Creative Coaching. Tabitha, a facilitator with 14+ years experience doing anti-violence work, founded Creative Coaching in 2018 in an effort to help build more sustainable movements. Tabitha is a Counseling Consultant at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) and was previously the Director of Response Services at WEAVE.
Please join us for Part 1 of the series in which Tabitha discusses vicarious trauma and burnout in anti-sexual violence work. By the end of this session participants will have: increased their understanding of the impact of vicarious trauma and how it contributes to burnout; gained new perspectives from the field; gained new strategies for preventing burnout.

Barriers to Treatment and Services for Survivors in the Asian American Community

As the Asian community continues to grow, service providers and administrators at domestic violence and sexual assault agencies are facing increasingly new and difficult challenges when it comes to outreach services and the delivery of advocacy for Asian families (Yoshioka & Chang, 2016).

This presentation incorporates research conducted by Asia Nhatavong that includes conducting interviews and focus groups with several CT agencies that provide services to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in the Asian community and other literature reviews.

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Ending Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention, Healing and Justice

Speaker: Daniela Ligiero, PhD, Executive Director & CEO of Together for Girls

An exciting presentation on collaborative and innovative approaches to child sexual abuse prevention globally. During this session, Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director & CEO of Together for Girls, draws on global lessons learned for implementing evidence based practices for prevention, justice, and healing to identify opportunities for here in the United States.

'Resilience Documentary Discussion Panel

Featuring Melissa Merrick, PhD, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America, Liz Linehan, Connecticut State Representative, Krystal Rich, Director, CT Children’s Alliance, Sarah Eagan, CT Office of the Child Advocate, Beth Hamilton, Executive Director, Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Sexual Violence as a Public Health Issue

Poetics of Survivorship: Imagining Black Queer Feminist Futures

Through opportunities for writing, reflection, and discussion, participants
explore how Black queer and trans people have used the written word as resistance against systems of violence and criminalization; and engage with intergenerational Black feminist texts to imagine what repair, equity, and safety will look like.

This workshop was sponsored by the Queer Caucus Against Sexual Assault (QCASA).

Engaging Youth: Lessons Learned from the Young Advocates Institute

An engaging discussion on creating a culture of consent starting with very young people, and how this can inspire social change and a new way of framing values, relationships, and sexuality. Hear from Tracy Wright who leads North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Young Advocates Institute, a weekend-long social justice summer camp that houses and trains 200 teens, ages 13-17.

LGBTQ 101: Basics for Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors

learn more about the LGBTQ spectrum, issues that disproportionately impact LGBTQ folks, how to be an effective ally, and available resources. This training is sponsored by the Alliance’s Queer Caucus to End Sexual Assault.

A Big Picture Update on Sexual Assault Response and Recovery: Part 1

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This 2-part training hosted by the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence looks at the strengths and gaps in effective sexual assault response and recovery. Jo Johnson, a social worker for over 40 years, completed a three-year fellowship at the Office for Victims of Crime gathering information on what exists, and what is needed to improve our response to sexual assault.

These videos and their content are the intellectual property of Jo Johnson. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of these videos without permission is prohibited. You may reference content from these presentations in your own work using the below citation. If you have any questions or would like permission to use any content outside of this scope please contact Jo Johnson at jomoretobe@gmail.com.
Johnson J. A Big Picture Update: Part 1. Presented virtually at: The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence; January 6, 2021; online. Available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uOFPPFHCYw.
To reach Jo Johnson, please email jomoretobe@gmail.com.

A Big Picture Update on Sexual Assault Response and Recovery: Part 2

The second session of this workshop presented by Jo Johnson will focus on two areas: new information on offenders and patterns of offending and data banks and data sources. Information in each of these areas is expanding like never before.

In her OVC fellowship, Johnson was able to sit in on the roll-out of national initiatives like the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, the national update of the military response, the development of the Victim Service Provider Survey and many other federal-level projects. How might this improve local and state sexual assault response and how might it undermine our efforts to reduce sexual violence?

These videos and their content are the intellectual property of Jo Johnson. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of these videos without permission is prohibited. You may reference content from these presentations in your own work using the below citation. If you have any questions or would like permission to use any content outside of this scope please contact Jo Johnson at jomoretobe@gmail.com.
Johnson J. A Big Picture Update: Part 2. Presented virtually at: The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence; January 13, 2021; online. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8sZpznu3-I&t=2s
To reach Jo Johnson, please email jomoretobe@gmail.com.

Title IX Roundtable

Event program available here.

This half-day conference includes speakers, panelists, and group discussion as we explore best practices in providing support to survivors of sexual violence on college and university campuses in our state in light of the recently released, revised Title IX regulations.

Viewers will have the opportunity to learn what prevention and response efforts have been successful on other campuses, hear from policymakers about the role of state law, and explore available community-based resources.

Consent & Connecticut Law

 

Culture change and public policy go hand in hand. Our cultural understanding of sexual assault has grown exponentially in light of the #MeToo movement, but Connecticut’s laws have not kept pace. Survivors of sexual assault who seek criminal justice should not be denied because of antiquated laws based on resistance, not consent.

State Representative Jillian Gilchrest and the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence welcome Erin Murphy to Connecticut for a Discussion on Consent & Connecticut Law.