College and university campuses working to create safer communities benefit from networking with campuses and accessing resources.  CALCASA is one of the handful of technical assistance providers charged with helping campuses funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on Campus meet their grant goals and objectives.  To connect with the technical assistance providers, read the following list of the OVW Campus Grant minimum requirements and the TA providers that specialize in helping campuses build and maintain safer learning environments.

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Lindy Aldrich, Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, led today’s web conference on working to improve survivor-centered institutional response to sexual violence.  She addressed common challenges that arise when enforcing policy as well as the intersection of our work with the Office on Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter issued in April 2011.  Campuses dialogued on how overall implementation and enforcement requires strategy and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Materials from today’s web conference (the audio recording will be made available later):

Once the policy is written (pdf)

Audio recording of Once the Policy is Written (mp3)

Text chat transcript (pdf)

Campuses struggle with overcoming challenges when implementing survivor-centered sexual misconduct policies

Lack of administrative buy-in?  An ad-hoc disciplinary board with rotating officers that routinely fails to attend specialized training on sexual violence? These are but a few of the institutional challenges campuses encounter when developing and implementing policies that are survivor-centered in a campus-wide effort to create and maintain a safe environment.  How can campuses create goals and strategies that support survivors and comply with federal law?

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Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, the U.S. experienced a shift in societal perception that had denied, dismissed and ignored gender-based violence to the acknowledgment of sexual violence as a major social problem.  “Changing Perceptions of Sexual Violence Over Time” maintains that understanding perceptions is helpful because it offers a “roadmap of future directions” to further engage communities in the discourse surrounding sexual violence.

On November 9, 2011, join other PreventConnect prevention practitioners throughout the country in the November PreventConnect Reading Club to examine “Changing Perceptions of Sexual Violence Over Time” by Sarah McMahon in consultation with Karen Baker, published by VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.   

The Prevent Connect Reading Club is a small, one hour session where public health practitioners and researchers can discuss the intersections of research and practice in ending sexual violence.

NOTE: This is not a web conference nor a training.  Your active participation is essential to the Reading Club.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This sixty minute (60 min) session will start at 11.00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).  Registration is limited to 50 people per session.

NOTE: The November session is full!  To add your name to the wait list, click here.

Direct service providers can now benefit from a national technical assistance number for help when working with LGBTQ survivors of violence.

Direct service and community-based organizations in the anti-violence field have struggled to provide culturally relevant and accessible services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) survivors.  Yesterday, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) announced the National Training and Technical Assistance Center is now available to provide technical assistance on issues such as: language and terminology, creating an LGBTQ-inclusive organization, developing LGBTQ-inclusive policies and procedures, and more.  Technical assistance is free and available by phone, instant messaging, and email.  The warmline is available in English and accessible to people that are Deaf or Hard of hearing.  See below for more details:

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Katryn Duarte, Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, spoke with CALCASA about the prevention services available to Latinas in Iowa as well as the challenges of prevention work in ending sexual violence.  To watch the interview in Spanish, please click on the link below.

There is no translation in English for the interview. 

Katryn Duarte, Cordinadora de la Linea Emergencias y Coordinadora de Voluntaria/os, hablo con CALCASA acerca de los servicios de prevencion disponibles para Latinas en Iowa, asi como los retos del labor de prevencion en la erradicacion de la violencia sexual.  Para escuchar la entrevista, haga clic en el siguente link.

Prevention Services for Latinas in Iowa