03 Dec NYSCASA Monthly Digest – December 2019
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NYSCASA Is Hiring!
NYSCASA is currently hiring for two full-time positions at our Albany office:
We are looking for candidates who are dedicated to our mission of ending sexual violence while addressing the intersections of oppression and injustice.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to Sam Mitchell at [email protected].
Best Practices for Working with DV Criminalized Survivors, Incarcerated Survivors, and Formerly Incarcerated Survivors (December 12)
On December 12, in Albany, NY, join the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Women and Justice Project (WJP), and STEPS to End Family Violence – Rising Ground, for “Best Practices for Working with DV Criminalized Survivors, Incarcerated Survivors, and Formerly Incarcerated Survivors.” Topics to be covered include: the intersections of domestic violence and the criminal legal system; criminalized survivors and their journey through the criminal legal system; best practices for serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated survivors as well as those under community supervision; supporting DV survivors after incarceration; and, the impact of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act on DV criminalized survivors and those currently incarcerated and how it can be applied. Register here.
Rensselaer County SART 9th Annual Conference (January 16)
On January 16, in Troy, NY, the Rensselaer County SART offers its ninth annual training opportunity for professionals who work to reduce sexual assault, and/or work with sexual assault victims/survivors. This year, the conference will focus on creating inclusion in our communities. This unique conference offers the opportunity for individuals from various disciplines, who often work on complex cases together, to train alongside one another. We anticipate that this conference will draw attendees from throughout New York State who represent the victim services, law enforcement, healthcare, higher education, mental health, and criminal justice fields. Students are also welcome at this training. Register here.
Webinar Series: Ending Violence Without Violence
NYSCASA is pleased to announce our new webinar series, Ending Violence Without Violence, which will serve as lead-up programming for our conference of the same name (see below). The series will introduce participants to the core principles of Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, Community Accountability, and other community-centered approaches to violence prevention and response. Participants will develop a shared analysis of interpersonal violence—specifically sexual violence—and a shared understanding of the importance of community-based approaches to sexual violence prevention and intervention. The webinar series will underscore the importance of building communities that can prevent sexual violence, respond to harm, and heal trauma. Registration links to come.
January 29: Introducing “Ending Violence Without Violence”
In this session, participants will learn about the state of efforts to end sexual violence in mainstream and community contexts, how we got here, and where we hope to go. Presenters: Mariame Kaba (Barnard Center for Research on Women) and Jonel Beauvais (Seven Dancers Coalition)
February 5: Restorative Approaches to Sexual Violence
This webinar will introduce participants to the core principles of restorative justice. Participants will learn about how restorative practices can be used to address sexual violence. This session will also address concerns and challenges to implementing restorative justice practices. Presenter: sujatha baliga (Impact Justice)
February 19: Transformative Approaches to Sexual Violence
This webinar will introduce participants to the core principles of transformative justice and community accountability and how these frameworks can be used to address sexual violence. Presenters: Stas Schmiedt and A. Lea Roth (Spring Up)
Ending Violence Without Violence Conference (Syracuse, NY)
NYSCASA is thrilled to announce that we are co-creating a conference to be held in 2020 with Seven Dancers Coalition, the Indigenous anti-violence coalition in New York State and Haudenosaunee Country, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action, a new project led by Mariame Kaba and Andrea Ritchie at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. The 2020 Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Conference will be held in Syracuse, NY, on June 4–6, 2020, with a pre-conference institute on June 3.
This conference will provide a space for survivors, advocates, counselors, victim assistance programs, allied organizations, and community members across New York State and Haudenosaunee Country to develop the knowledge, skills, and courage to implement community-centered practices to prevent and respond to harm and sexual violence.
Speakers and registration information to be announced.
Sign up to receive updates about the 2020 conference here: bit.ly/NYSCASA2020
- December 12: #ReimagineManhood Symposium (Worcester, MA)
- December 12-13: Chrysalis Network Annual National Conference: Solving the Campus Sexual Assault & Dating Violence Puzzle (Raleigh, NC)
- January 15-19: National LGBTQ Task Force 2020 Creating Change Conference (Dallas, TX)
- April 14-16: 2020 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan (Washington, DC)
- April 28-30: The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (Chicago, IL)
- May 17-20: Lift Every Voice: 2020 Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Conference (Houston, TX)
- September 2-4: National Sexual Assault Conference (Anaheim, CA)
In-Person Training Opportunities
- January 22-35: NYS DOH-Approved Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course (New York, NY)
- December 4: NYSCADV 2019 Legislative Updates Webinar
- December 4: How to Recruit, Accommodate, and Promote People with Disabilities for Volunteer Leadership, Board Positions, and Paid Employment
- December 4: Raped, Then Jailed: The Risks of Prosecution for Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault
- December 5: NYSCADV 2019 Legislative Updates Webinar
- December 5: VAWA Confidentiality: Empowering Survivors, Protecting Information
- December 11: Language Access in Educational Design and Delivery / Acceso al Lenguaje en el Diseño y Entrega Educativa
- December 11: How to Ensure a Welcoming Lexicon and Inclusive Storytelling
- December 12: Core Values and Strategies to Align Them within Domestic & Sexual Violence Organizations
- December 12: Safety Planning with Sexual Assault Survivors
- December 13: Beyond Checking the Boxes: A Discussion on Education Program Evaluations
- December 18: Spotting the Signs of Forced Marriage: Tips for Hotline Advocates
January 7: How to Ensure Accessible Websites, Social Media, and Inclusive Photos
- January 7: Context Is Key: Recognizing and Responding to Stalking
- January 8: Tools for Addressing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response
- January 9: Skills Workshop in Social Media Accessibility
- January 15: How to Ensure Legal Rights and Compliance Obligations: Exploring the Rights of Employees and Participants, and the Obligations of Nonprofit Organizations Under the Law
- February 19: Access and Internal Systems Advocacy
- February 27: VAWA Confidentiality: Empowering Survivors and Protecting Information
- March 4: Building Your Trainer Toolbox, Part 1: Using and Citing Research
- March 19: Services and Internal Systems Advocacy
- May 6: Building Your Trainer Toolbox, Part 2: Training Materials and Professional Tools
For information about additional upcoming events, be sure to check NYSCASA’s calendar!
Sexual Violence in the News
- Vox: New Trump Administration Rules on Sexual Assault Could Keep Survivors Silent
- CBS6: Federal Government Investigations into Sex Assaults at RPI
- Times Union: Cuomo Signs Law Banning Pelvic Exams on Unconsenting Women
- The New York Times: ‘I Want to Be Heard’: Adult Sex-Abuse Victims Demand New Rights
- TIME: Survivors of Sexual Assault Are Voters Too. So Why Aren’t the Presidential Candidates Paying Attention to Them?
- NPR: Clergy Abuse Reparations Are Closure for Some Victims, Resurface Trauma for Others
- NPR: For Many #MeToo Accusers, Speaking Up Is Just the Beginning
- The New York Times: An Explosion in Online Child Sex Abuse: What You Need to Know
- The Washington Post: New York Writer Who Accused Trump of Sexual Assault Sues Him for Defamation
New and Noteworthy Resources
Stop It Now! Helpline Report
Stop It Now! recently published a new report about the Stop It Now! Helpline. The helpline offers accessible and confidential information, guidance, and support to anyone who is concerned about their own feelings or someone else’s sexualized feelings or behaviors toward children, worried that a child has been sexually harmed, or simply seeking information about preventing abuse. The new report shares not only data but the stories and insights that have resulted from the sheer presence of this unique and critical prevention resource. The data, combined with the personal voices and stories gathered from our confidential and anonymous Helpline users, demonstrates that the Helpline fills an essential need in child sexual abuse prevention—a safe place for adults to talk about and get help with extremely sensitive, difficult and often terrifying concerns. Read the full report here.
Building Accountable Communities: A Video Series
Accountability is a familiar buzz-word in contemporary social movements, but what does it mean? How do we work toward it? In this series of four short videos, anti-violence activists Kiyomi Fujikawa and Shannon Perez-Darby ask and explore: What does it look like to be accountable to survivors without exiling or disposing those who do harm? Learn more and watch the series here.
Repairing Harm: A Better Alternative to Punishment
In this blog post and podcast interview, Cult of Pedagogy discusses the practice of repairing harm as an alternative to punishment with Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard, authors of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy & Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Read more and listen here.
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