Power in PreventionWeb Conference: Child Sexual Abuse and Disabilities

Thursday, January 16, 2014
11am Pacific Time, 2pm Eastern Time

This web conference is full. Please sign up for the wait list for this session.

Although children with disabilities are three times more likely to be sexually abused, these children have not garnered the same attention of policy makers, the media or community organization. There is also an alarming lack of primary prevention programs available to this population. In this important web conference, the speakers will provide insights into this emerging issue as well as some innovative programs and collaborations.

Part of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse web conference series.

Hosts: Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson

Cost: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the impact that disabilities may have in increasing the risk for sexual abuse.
  • Identify three barriers to implementing policies to enhance a child’s safety within an organization.
  • Articulate three actions you can take to ensure a child’s safety if she or he has a disability.


  • Slides will be posted on the day of the web conference.
  • A recording link will be available after the web conference.


Sandra Harrell, Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice’s Accessing Safety Initiative

Sandra Harrell

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Accessing Safety Initiative is a federally funded program that helps communities across the United States improve their response to women with disabilities and Deaf women who have experiences domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. During her tenure at Vera, Sandra Harrell has worked closely with the 50 communities, helping them build multi-disciplinary collaborations to ensure that survivors with disabilities get the support they need. She has also delivered trainings on violence against women with disabilities at multiple venues across the country, co-authored reports on the topic, coordinated roundtables and meetings to expand the field, and most recently Sandra has expanded her work through a project with the Ms Foundation for Women focusing on sexual abuse of children with disabilities.

Keith Jones, President and CEO, SoulTouchin’ Experiences

Keith Jones

As an African American community activist and entrepreneur with cerebral palsy. As a strong advocate for independent quality living in the community, Keith Jones has participated actively in various issues that face people with disabilities. These areas include, but are not limited to housing, education, and voting access. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and has performed trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening outreach efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities. Mr. Jones works to not only educate the disability community about enhanced community living, but also the community at large. Mr. Jones holds a strong desire to get the disability community more involved in the issues that concern their own lives. Mr. Jones provides outreach support in relationship to the arts and independent living skills. Mr. Jones has been recognized for his emerging leadership by the state of Massachusetts and President’s Commission for Employment for People with Disabilities. Also, Mr. Jones is the Disability Law Center’s 2011 Individual Leadership Award.

Meg Stone, Executive Director, IMPACT Boston and Project Director IMPACT:Ability

Meg Stone

IMPACT Boston is an abuse prevention and self-defense training organization. In that capacity, Meg Stone serves as the Project Director of IMPACT:Ability, an abuse prevention program focused on people with disabilities that is supported by a matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this capacity she leads the organizational abuse prevention efforts of Triangle, a Boston-area disability service and advocacy organization. Meg has led IMPACT Boston since 2005 and in that time she has led the development of abuse and violence prevention and risk reduction programs in schools, homeless shelters, disability service agencies, and domestic violence organizations. Meg has over 20 years experience in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy which includes family court advocacy, training emergency department nurses to document domestic violence, and working the night shift in an emergency shelter.

Power in Prevention


Thursday, November 14, 2013

11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
(2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern)

More have come to accept that policy work is part of prevention, but what kind of policy advances prevention? Further, since Statue of Limitations (SOL) policy work focuses on making it easier for victims to report by taking away the barriers of reporting within a certain period of time it fits clearly within victim advocacy, but how does it fit with prevention? In this web-conference Randy Ellison, OAASIS and author of “Boys Don’t Tell” and Donna Dunn, Executive Director of MNCASA, discuss how the efforts did or didn’t work in their respective states of Oregon and Minnesota. They also identify how this effort is connected to their prevention work.

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LEAP Project Cohort Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 26th – Apply Now!

CALCASA, in partnership with the Women of Color Network (WOCN), is providing an extension for submissions of the Cohort Application for the LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Advancement for Professionals) Project with the primary goal of enhancing the professional skills of women of color in the anti-violence against women field.  This project is supported by Grant # 2012-TA-AX-K048 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), US Department of Justice.

The LEAP Project is designed to provide an interactive, comprehensive training and practicum for each Cohort to develop and enhance their leadership and management skills to enable them to undertake and succeed in leadership/management roles in the field. The project is designed to meet the needs of those who are recently serving in a supervisory, management or executive capacity within the anti-violence against women field, or for those who are in the process of transitioning into such positions. 

We are seeking 22 Women of Color Cohorts from across the nation and US territories who are currently working in the anti-violence against women field through a competitive application process (see attached application). Potential Cohorts must be employed at a sexual assault and/or domestic violence victim services agency as either:

a) A, executive director, manager or supervisor who has been working at their DV or SA organization for at least a year and has experience supervising staff; OR

b) A program coordinator or manager who has been in her/his current position for less than 1 year; OR

c) A member of the Board of Director of a DV or SA organization for at least 1 year; OR

d) A direct service advocate and/or front line staff who has worked in the sexual assault or domestic violence field for minimum of 1 year, has supervisory or managerial responsibilities and is looking to transition into a management or executive position.

Applicants must show commitment to the sexual assault and/or domestic violence intervention and prevention field and developing diverse agencies and programs that include women of color and individuals from underserved/under-represented communities.  Each Cohort is expected to fully take part in the entire LEAP program.  If selected, the Cohort will receive the following over a 12 -month period (November 2013 – September 2014):  

  • Subscription to the LEAP listserv to network with other LEAP cohorts, staff, consultants, and mentors.  Each LEAP cohort will be assigned a specific TA coordinator/staff. Participate in one 2-part, intensive Leadership Academies:
  • Part 1 LEAP Academy consisting of 3 days to be held on November 18 – 20, 2013 in Sacramento, California (dates to be confirmed).
  • Part 2 LEAP Academy consisting of 2 days to be held in May 2014 (TBD).
  • Access to LEAP’s project website, blogs, and online tools.  Cohorts will be expected to share what they’ve learned and success stories through blog posts and podcasts with other cohorts.
  • Access to 4 web conferences (each 90 minutes long) on key management topics for skill-building. These are tentatively scheduled for November 2013, January 2014, March 2014 and June 2014.
  • Access to e-learning modules on key management/leadership topics.
  • Access to a LEAP National Summit in Spring/Summer 2015 (TBD) to network with cohorts from Years 1 and 2 and provide feedback in focus groups for a national mini-report on LEAP Project.

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the travel costs for the in-person training academies and summit.  Priority for selection of scholarships will be awarded to Cohorts from non-OVW funded agencies. If an applicant is selected and not awarded a scholarship, her agency must agree to support her travel costs for the in-person training academies for the Cohort to be accepted into the LEAP Project.  (see attached LEAP Application Addendum).

Throughout the year, guest speakers and trainers will educate LEAP Cohorts on topics such as program development, financial and grants management, supervision, leadership, organizational communication skills, etc.,

More information about the LEAP Project and Cohort Selection process are noted in the application [click here to download].  Please share and distribute this application with your WOC colleagues, staff, networks, and listservs.

The Cohort Application deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 26, 2013.   We plan to extend the selection process through mid-October and notify selected Cohorts by October 17, 2013.  For more information, please contact Rosemary Gonzales at email:  rosemary.go[email protected]

Burglar's NoteSometimes our member agencies receive appreciation from their communities in unexpected ways. This was certainly the case for our member agency, San Bernadino Sexual Assault Services, after their offices were broken into on the night of July 31 and several computers were stolen.

According to Channel 4 NBC Southern California,

The following morning about 4:30 a.m., [Candy] Stallings said she got another call from police about suspicious activity taking place at her office. This time when Stallings arrived, she was astonished by what she found.

“All my stuff was in front of the door,” Stallings said. “There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop – everything was there.”

An investigator who was about to dust the laptop for fingerprints opened it and found a note tucked inside. “We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless,” said the note with misspellings.

Candy Stallings, who is the Executive Director of San Bernadino Sexual Assault Services, plans to make a photocopy of the note (which has been entered into police evidence) and frame it.

svinthemilitarycoverOn Monday the National Sexual Violence Resource Center released their latest resource – “Sexual Violence in the Military: A Guide for Civilian Advocates.” The following press release explains the need for this new guide, and its potential usefulness:

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NSVRC Latino

On Monday the National Sexual Violence Resource Center announced that it will be hosting two free webinars – one in English and one in Spanish – for advocates and other professionals on preventing sexual violence in [email protected] communities. These webinars follow the NSVRC’s release of Preventing sexual violence in [email protected] communities: A national needs assessment, which is a comprehensive report detailing advocates’ needs related to sexual violence in [email protected] communities. [click to continue…]

Preventing sexual violence in [email protected] communities